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Zix Corporation Selected by University Hospitals Health System With Five-Year Contract for Secure e-Messaging

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 7, 2004--

Northern Ohio's Second-Largest Employer to Protect Email System-Wide for 12,000 Users

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)), (Nasdaq:ZIXI), a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services, today announced that University Hospitals Health System, a Cleveland-based regional healthcare delivery system, with eight wholly owned hospitals and four partner hospitals, has signed a five-year contract naming ZixCorp as its email security provider.

University Hospitals Health System chose ZixCorp's ZixVPM(R) (Virtual Private Messenger) solution for 12,000 users to meet the email security regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). ZixVPM is an enterprise-wide email encryption service with a built-in HIPAA lexicon that recognizes Protected Health Information (PHI) in all incoming and outgoing messages to ensure compliance and patient confidentiality.

"ZixVPM is easy to use, fast to deploy, and requires no up-front capital costs," said Randy Langenderfer, vice president of security compliance for University Hospitals Health System. "The automatic HIPAA lexicon ensures that no PHI is leaked in our email communication between employees, customers, or business partners. This solution definitely helped make securing our communications easy."

University Hospitals Health System and its partner hospitals include nearly 25,000 physicians, nurses, medical staff, and other employees, ranking it Northern Ohio's second-largest employer. The system serves patients at more than 150 locations and provides more than three million outpatient visits and 110,000 inpatient discharges annually.

"Securing confidential and sensitive information continues to be a major initiative in IT departments across the healthcare industry," said Rick Spurr, president and chief operating officer for ZixCorp. "University Hospitals Health System is one of the largest in its region and ZixVPM was easily able to provide total system-wide interoperability and integration. This is one more example of the flexibility and scalability that ZixVPM offers for any network environment."

About University Hospitals Health System

University Hospitals Health System is a regional premier healthcare delivery system, serving patients at more than 150 locations throughout Northern Ohio. The system's 947-bed tertiary medical center, University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC), is the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Together, they form the largest center for biomedical research in Ohio. Included in UHC are Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Ireland Cancer Center, and MacDonald Women's Hospital. For more information, visit

About Zix Corporation

Zix Corporation (ZixCorp(R)) is a global provider of secure e-messaging, e-prescribing, and e-transaction applications and services. ZixCorp offers a range of solutions to protect organizations from viruses, spam, and electronic attack, as well as enabling secure electronic communications, such as email encryption, e-prescribing, on-line doctor visits, and electronic lab results. ZixCorp helps organizations of any size to streamline operations, reduce risks, and leverage the efficiencies of e-messaging. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Zix Corporation, Dallas
Christa Osswald, 214-370-2175
Investor Relations:
Peter Wilensky, 214-515-7357

SOURCE: Zix Corporation