Kodak and BlueTie Develop Integrated Secure Email System
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.
For more information on Kodak's Secure Email Service please visit www.kodak.com. To find out more about BlueTie visit www.bluetie.com.
About BlueTie, Inc.
BlueTie powers the email and collaboration solutions for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and Service Providers around the globe. BlueTie's software enables SMBs to instantly deploy a business-class messaging solution without additional investments in hardware, software, or IT support. BlueTie also offers its carrier-class application to service providers seeking a messaging solution to enhance their product offerings for consumers and SMBs. BlueTie's software provides end users with a complete, secure, web-based email solution that includes spam filtering and virus protection, along with collaborative business necessities like shared contacts, calendars, files and instant messaging. BlueTie also offers email auditing and secure file sending/transfer tools for additional security and compliance solutions. BlueTie has received numerous industry accolades including being named a Forbes Magazine "Best of the Web" company in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Founded in 1999, BlueTie is a global company headquartered in Rochester, New York. For more information, visit www.bluetie.com or call
About Kodak's Health Group
Kodak Health, with 2004 revenues of $2.68 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology (IT) solutions. Its broad product portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), enterprise healthcare and clinical information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography systems, x-ray film systems for general radiography, and dental imaging products. Its broad services portfolio includes everything from repair and maintenance, to professional services encompassing equipment integration, business consulting, storage and archiving, secure e-mail services - and more. Kodak's Health Group and Eastman Kodak Company's (NYSE: EK) other major businesses: Graphic Communications - offering on-demand color and black and white printing, wide-format inkjet printing, high-speed, high-volume continuous inkjet printing, as well as document scanning, archiving and multi-vendor IT services ; Digital & Film Imaging Systems - providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; and Display & Components - which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art organic light-emitting diode displays as well as other specialty materials, and delivers imaging sensors to original equipment manufacturers—together are committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy.
For more information about Kodak Health, contact your Kodak representative or visit www.kodak.com/go/health