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Home > Awards & Recognition > 2001 Award > OXFORD HEALTH PLANS WINS WEB BUSINESS 50/50 AWARD FOR ONLINE EXCELLENCE

Oxford Health Plans Wins Web Business 50/50 Award for Online Excellence

TRUMBULL, CONN. (July 5, 2000) - Oxford Health Plans, Inc. (www.oxfordhealth.com) has been named a 2000 Web Business 50/50 Award winner. Sponsored by CIO magazine, this award program recognizes innovative Web initiatives by organizations around the world. The July 1 issue of CIO honors the top 50 Internet and top 50 intranet sites that demonstrate a keen ability to blend technology and design of their Web sites with the needs of their target audiences.

"This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of Oxford's IS and Web teams in creating an Internet site that engages all the important parties in the health care process, including consumers, and reaffirms our position as a leader in health care innovation," said Arthur L. Gonzalez, senior vice president and chief information officer for Oxford. "Oxfordhealth.com moves beyond the basics of providing information by incorporating distinct capabilities for conducting online transactions for all of key constituents."

A panel of 19 CIO magazine editors, writers, art designers and Web development experts reviewed more than 500 nominated Internet sites. A panel of judges reviewed more than 200 nominated intranet sites using highly descriptive applications that detailed the functional importance of the site. The judges evaluated hundreds of sites, recognizing the best in their medium and selecting sites that achieved their stated goals.

"It is clear from this year's winners the Internet is no longer an experiment," said Megan Santosus, CIO senior editor. "With dedicated staff, financial resources and executive talent, winners are sending a loud message: the Internet, as an important business medium, is here to stay."

Relaunched in March 2000, Oxford's Web site, which may be accessed at www.oxfordhealth.com, offers applications for members, doctors and hospitals, employer groups and brokers. Unique to the site is a personalized page called "oxfordhealth.com/myoxford," which allows each member to see and change his or her information in one user-friendly file rather than having to go to different pages of the Oxford Web site. Through "MyOxford," a member can complete 10 transactions, ranging from choosing a primary care physician or specialist to ordering materials to checking claims history. "MyOxford" is available to all of Oxford's approximately 1.5 million commercial members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Benefits administrators also can assist their employees in managing their Oxford experience through a similarly tailored page, "oxfordhealth.com/youraccount." They can perform six transactions, from replacing identification cards to requesting forms and other materials to checking an employee's eligibility. This month, Oxford will roll out the first phase of its online enrollment initiative.

Additionally, doctors and hospitals can undertake six different transactions, from checking an Oxford member's eligibility to reviewing benefits to inquiring about a referral. Similarly, brokers can complete 10 transactions, from determining eligibility to checking commissions.

"As we continue to roll out our Internet strategy, we will focus even greater attention to personalization, simplification and education," said Jay J. Levin, executive vice president of e-commerce and strategies for Oxford. "Moving beyond its transaction-based foundation, the company will establish itself as a user-friendly gateway to the large, often confusing, amount of health care information available on the Web."

CIO magazine is produced by CXO Media, Inc. (formerly CIO Communications, Inc.). CXO Media is an executive reach company, serving CIOs, CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other corporate officers who use technology to thrive and prosper in this new era of business. The company strives to enhance partnerships between CIOs and CXOs, as well as create opportunities for IT and consumer marketers to reach them.

In addition to publishing CIO magazine, CXO Media produces Darwin magazine, and the www.cio.com and www.darwinmagazine.com websites, as well as CIO and Darwin Executive Programs, a series of conferences that provides educational and networking opportunities for corporate and government leaders.

CXO Media, Inc. is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

Oxford's Web site (www.oxfordhealth.com) is designed to address the health care information needs of all its key constituencies. The Web site offers 15 unique real-time functions, which spread across the member, physician and hospital, benefits administrator and broker sites, results in more than 30 individual transactions. In early 2000 following an 18-month Web site certification process, Oxford received a commendation from ICSA.net, which provides security assurance services for Internet-connected companies, for consistently performing within the industry's "best practices."

Founded in 1984, Oxford Health Plans, Inc. (NASDAQ: OXHP) provides health plans to employers and individuals in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, through its direct sales force, independent insurance agents and brokers. Oxford's services include traditional health maintenance organizations, point-of-service plans, third-party administration of employer-funded benefits plans and Medicare plans.