Eastman Kodak and BlueTie Announce Integrated Secure Email Service

June 9, 2005
June 9, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Eastman Kodak Company and BlueTie today announced the creation of an integrated secure email service designed for smaller healthcare organizations and service providers. BlueTie is a leading developer of business and carrier-class email solutions.
The combined offering includes components of Kodak’s Secure Email Service with BlueTie’s email messaging and collaboration software to provide a secure email service that meets the requirements of HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) in a fully integrated and hosted solution. HIPAA is a U.S. law that helps ensure patient confidentiality. Details of the multi-year agreement were not disclosed.

“We are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with BlueTie to deliver a high-quality secure email service to smaller healthcare providers—such as referring physicians or small group medical practices,” said Patrick Faure, Privacy and Security Services Manager for Kodak’s Health Group. “Once we’ve developed this service, BlueTie will market it to its existing base of small- to mid-size customers and prospects.”

BlueTie’s email solution will include a secure web client, spam filtering, virus protection, certificate-based secure email and email auditing. “Smaller healthcare providers, like other small businesses, have been unable to make the huge investment in IT infrastructure necessary to utilize a secure email solution,” said BlueTie President and CEO David Koretz. “As a result of this ground breaking initiative, the solution that BlueTie and Kodak will offer will be the first simple and cost-effective solution for the healthcare industry.”

Kodak’s Secure Email Service protects email communications and enables real-time encrypted messages and accompanying attachments -- such as confidential medical reports or patient records -- to be sent securely over the Internet to physicians, patients or other healthcare professionals around the world.

BlueTie’s award winning, web-based messaging application gives end users the flexibility of anytime, anywhere accessibility along with unmatched scalability (up to 10GB+) and attachment sizes (25MB). Optional collaborative business necessities like shared contacts, calendars, files and instant messaging will also be available.

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