ORLANDO, Fla.--Oct. 28, 2003-- XGear Technologies, Inc.,a leading provider of Internet-based ASP practice management and medical billing software for the healthcare industry, announced today the release of a new confidential messaging module within its ClaimGear software. This application will enable secure electronic communications among physicians and other medical personnel within the same practice or billing service, a prevalent issue following the new HIPAA privacy guidelines.
"Many of our clients have multiple office locations, and it is imperative that they be able to discuss patient claims and medical information, when necessary, in a secure electronic environment," explained Douglas A. Kegler, President and CEO of XGear Technologies. "We wanted ClaimGear to help provide a forum where they could communicate in a highly confidential manner."
The HIPAA mandate calls for a higher degree of privacy for medical records, which is a benefit for patients but has created some confusion due to ambiguous guidelines. One major issue currently under scrutiny is the use of e-mail to consult on a medical case or discuss medical insurance claims.
Mr. Kegler asserted, "By facilitating electronic messaging through ClaimGear and using our servers, we can maintain a high level of security for the patient's confidentiality. We meet the medical industry's need for speedy communications while still complying with HIPAA regulations."
While e-mail is a quick and increasingly popular way to consult with colleagues regarding treatment or to communicate with a billing service regarding a claim, it is usually not encrypted and thus some in the medical community are concerned about whether it meets the HIPAA guidelines. XGear's messaging system uses 128-bit SSL encryption, enabling clients to send electronic messages in a highly secure environment.
About XGear Technologies
Headquartered in Orlando, FL, XGear Technologies provides the healthcare industry with an Internet-based Medical Billing and Practice Management Software program, ClaimGear, which has the speed of a local PC application and the "use anywhere" flexibility of a Web browser application. Through the Internet and its Java-based system, which utilizes Sun Microsystems Inc.'s (Nasdaq:SUNW) Java technology, ClaimGear is giving physician offices and billing services the opportunity to become more efficient and flexible. For more information, visit: http://www.claimgear.com.
Note to Editors: ClaimGear is a trademark of XGear Technology in the United States. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United States and other countries.
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