OHP Moves From Gold to Platinum
TRUMBULL, CONN. (November 12, 2001) - Oxford Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: OHP) has been named an eHealthcare Leadership Award winner in the HMO and PPO categories, receiving three platinum awards for best overall Internet site, best interactive site and best e-business site. Sponsored by eHealthcare Strategies & Trends, a leading Internet publication, these awards recognize healthcare companies that demonstrate excellence in online communications and innovative web-based initiatives. A comprehensive list of award winners will appear in the November 2001 issue of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends and on its web site at www.strategichealthcare.com.
"Enhancements made to our Web site and other technologies enable us to close the loop with physicians and hospitals quickly, accurately and the first time; allow employer groups and brokers to better administer their health plans; and provide members the needed information to control their healthcare experience," said Chuck Berg, president and chief operating officer at Oxford. "Throughout 2002, Oxford will continue to improve and extend its technology and administrative infrastructure to further simplify the healthcare process."
Approximately 700 entries were judged in one or more of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards categories. These categories included best overall Internet site, best interactive site, best site design, best e-business site, best health/healthcare content and best care/disease management. Each category was broken down into different levels including the highest merit, the platinum award, the gold award, the silver award and the distinction award. A panel of 56 judges evaluated each entry based on detailed criteria, overall impression and functionality. The panel was comprised of individuals from healthcare companies and Internet design agencies.
"The response was overwhelming. Clearly the dot-com bust has not held healthcare organizations back from continuing to develop their Web sites. Entries this year reflected greater sophistication overall and more e-business and disease management development in particular. Healthcare content also has seen significant improvement," said Mark S. Gothberg, chairman of eHealthcare Leadership Awards.
Oxford continues to add functionality to its web site (www.oxfordhealth.com) for members, employer groups, physicians and brokers. The web site now offers real-time functions, which spread across the member, physician and hospital, benefits administrator and broker sites, which result in approximately 400,000 transactions per month overall. Oxford's constituents can interact with the company using Oxford's technology capabilities including integrated voice response (IVR), electronic data transfer (EDI) or the web.
The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program was developed and first presented last year by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, is a leading Internet resource covering Internet management, marketing, analysis and intelligence, published by Health Care Communications, Rye, N.Y. (www.strategichealthcare.com). Its sister publication, Strategic Health Care Marketing, has served the healthcare industry since 1984.
Founded in 1984, Oxford Health Plans, Inc. provides health plans to employers and individuals in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, through its direct sales force, independent insurance agents and brokers. In the year 2000, the company received a CIO 50/50 Award, which recognizes innovative web initiatives, in addition to a commendation from ICSA.net, which provides security assurance services for Internet-connected companies, for consistently performing within the industry's "best practices." Oxford's services include traditional health maintenance organizations (HMOs), point-of-service (POS) plans, preferred provider organization (PPO) plans, third-party administration of employer-funded benefits plans and Medicare plans.