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Summit Medical Group renews Zix Email Encryption based on industry-leading technology and ZixCorp’s commitment to compliance with BAA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 10, 2014-- Zix Corporation (ZixCorp), (Nasdaq: ZIXI), a leader in email data protection, today announced that it has signed its fourth contract with Summit Medical Group, one of East Tennessee’s largest primary care organizations. Zix® Email Encryption enables 1,500 Summit Medical Group employees to protect outbound email containing personal health information (PHI) and meet the regulatory requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

“We originally brought Zix Email Encryption on board in 2003 due to HIPAA compliance laws as they related to protecting PHI,” said Joseph L. Ortiz, chief information officer for Summit Medical Group. “We continue to use the service, because, quite frankly, it’s the best product out there.”

ZixCorp offers the industry’s only fully transparent delivery of encrypted email, which is appreciated by Summit Medical Group employees and recipients alike. With transparent email encryption, Summit Medical Group employees and any recipients using ZixGateway can exchange secure email as they would conventional email. More than 200 organizations exchange encrypted email with Summit Medical Group without taking any extra steps or entering passwords.

“With ZixCorp, we send encrypted email ‘automagically’ since it operates in the background. This has a minimal impact on both physician and employee workflows since no extra steps are required,” said Ortiz. “If you know you’re sending PHI, you can explicitly encrypt the email using the encryption button, but even if you don’t think about it, ZixGateway will still catch it and ensure the safekeeping of PHI.”

Another key factor in the renewal decision was ZixCorp’s participation in a business associate agreement (BAA), which outlines the protection of PHI in accordance with HIPAA. In total, ZixCorp has signed more than 600 BAAs, providing added reassurance to healthcare customers that patient privacy is protected.

“We recognize the pressures that healthcare organizations such as Summit Medical Group face in meeting compliance needs, and we assist them by easing that pressure when it comes to email protection,” said Rick Spurr, ZixCorp’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We want healthcare organizations to use Zix Email Encryption and simply check it off their compliance list. Our easy-to-use technology, depth of experience and willingness to enter into BAAs enable that kind of confidence.”

About Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group is one of the largest primary care based organizations in East Tennessee with 215 physicians and more than 100 advanced practitioners providing care at 53 practice locations in 12 East Tennessee counties. Summit also consists of four diagnostic centers, seven physical therapy centers, four express clinics, a central laboratory and a sleep services center. Summit provides healthcare services to more than 308,000 patients, averaging 81,000 encounters each month. Summit’s Statcare division provides care for hospitalized patients and includes more than 60 physicians working with mid-level providers. For more information, visit

About ZixCorp

ZixCorp is a leader in email data protection. ZixCorp offers industry-leading email encryption, a unique email DLP solution and an innovative email BYOD solution to meet your company’s data protection and compliance needs. ZixCorp is trusted by the nation’s most influential institutions in healthcare, finance and government for easy-to-use secure email solutions. ZixCorp is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol ZIXI, and its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

Source: Zix Corporation

Taylor Stansbury Johnson, 214-370–2134