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Sharp HealthCare and Anakam(R) Partner to Protect Patients' Health Information
Date:6/24/2009

Sharp HealthCare now enables trusted access for patients with the Anakam Identity Suite(R)

SAN DIEGO, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Anakam announced today that Sharp HealthCare, San Diego County's largest healthcare system, has selected the Anakam Identity Suite(R) to enable trusted access for patients accessing Sharp's new patient portal. Sharp HealthCare continues to provide excellent healthcare service to meet the needs of its patient community by providing a portal in the near future that will allow Sharp Rees-Stealy patients to access critical personal health information and perform key functions like reviewing lab results instantaneously, making payments, and reviewing electronic medical record information.

The Anakam Identity Suite(R) provides Sharp the assurance of trusted access through a next-generation authentication platform that performs identity "proofing" upon patient registration into the portal, and then delivers cost-effective multi-channel two-factor authentication, without the burden of tokens or cards, and in compliance with federal and state healthcare security and privacy standards.

"At Sharp we are always striving to provide our patient community the best healthcare service and information. The Sharp portal will allow our patients to access their information and perform key healthcare functions anytime and anywhere. Because the nature of the information is sensitive, Sharp wants to provide the assurance to our patients that their information is secure on the portal. With Anakam as a partner, we are able to provide that level of trust while complying with key federal requirements like HIPAA," stated Ken Szymanski, Sharp Vice President, Business Systems.

With the Anakam Identity Suite(R), Sharp not only improves the assurance that the right individual is accessing, viewing, updating, and consenting to information and functionality within the portal but also helps Sharp reduce the risk of medical identity theft and fraud, which has become a concern as personal health information is being brought online.

"Anakam helps healthcare institutions improve their service delivery and prevent medical identity theft and fraud by enabling secure remote access to confidential health information in a cost-effective and scalable manner, without disrupting patient and provider workflow," stated William R. "Bill" Braithwaite, M.D., Ph.D., Anakam's Chief Medical Officer.

About Sharp:

A 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's most comprehensive healthcare delivery system. It is recognized for clinical excellence for services in cardiac, cancer and multiorgan transplantation, as well as orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health and women's health. Sharp HealthCare has been widely acclaimed for its commitment to transform the healthcare experience for patients, physicians and staff through an organization-wide performance improvement initiative called The Sharp Experience. The Sharp system includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a health plan. To learn more about Sharp, visit www.sharp.com.

About Sharp Rees-Stealy:

Sharp Rees-Stealy has been serving the healthcare needs of San Diegans since 1923 and is San Diego's first multispecialty medical group practice. Sharp Rees-Stealy has 18 locations across San Diego County and more than 400 primary and specialty care physicians representing virtually every field of medicine. For more information, visit http://www.sharp.com/rees-stealy/.

About Anakam:

Anakam(R) enables strong authentication and identity management at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions, without encumbering your customers, partners, and employees with cards, software downloads, tokens, or fobs. With tens of millions of end users, the Anakam Identity Suite(R) is unique in the industry, providing end-to-end multi-channel capabilities that allow you to enable secure, trusted eBusiness to very large user-communities in a single platform. The suite includes two-factor authentication, remote identity proofing and verification, professional credentialing, and secure collaboration. For more information, visit www.anakam.com.


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