LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Web site for Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has earned a platinum award -- the highest offered -- for Best Interactive Site this year from eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading Internet publication. In the publication's annual Internet awards for businesses, Humana's Web site at www.humana.com also received a gold award in the Best Internet Site category and a silver award for the Best e-Business site for HMOs and PPOs. Humana was among nearly 400 entrants from a variety of health care organizations. "These awards verify what we have believed and others have recognized for some time, that Humana is leading the industry in e-health strategies and delivery," said Bruce J. Goodman, senior vice president and chief information officer for Humana. "Putting our members and physicians in the position of being able to make informed health decisions is really the end result we want to achieve. We are confident we can accomplish that through our e-health initiatives. It's all about making life easier." Goodman noted that earlier this week, eWeek Magazine, the IT industry's leading news weekly, named Humana the 34th most Internet-savvy company across all businesses. Through its Web site and through and its partnerships with WebMD, Oracle, EDS, Microsoft and TriZetto, Humana has enabled its members, physicians and employer groups to take charge of their health through timely, practical information supplied via the Internet. Millions of Humana members now have the ability to access health information that can have a positive impact on their lives. Selecting physicians, ordering ID cards and accessing claims information are but a few of the resources available online. Physicians can check the status of claims and determine if a patient is eligible for a Humana health plan through the company's Web site. "Our vision of encouraging our members and their physicians to be in control of their health care is becoming a reality," said Goodman. "The future of Humana and the Internet is on a parallel track. As usage of the Web increases, so does Humana's ability to offer members and physicians the choices they want from their health plan." Humana's place among the leaders in e-health technology was recently confirmed with the unveiling in Cincinnati of www.humanacc.com, a unique Web site that gives employers and their employees the ability to transact their health business online. Tom Shawhan, lead human resources specialist with Cincinnati-based Cincom, said humanacc.com is a valuable tool for his 400 employees. "They can use it as a resource for everything from reviewing claims status to finding a lower- cost alternative prescription drug. In addition, we expect that humanacc.com will save our human resources staff substantial time in managing the health care plan," Shawhan said. Published by Health Care Communications of Rye, N.Y. (http://www.strategichealthcare.com ), eHealthcare Strategy & Trends is a leading resource covering Internet management, marketing, analysis and intelligence. Its sister publication, Strategic Health Care Marketing, has served the healthcare industry since 1984. Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health services companies, with approximately 5.4 million medical members located primarily in 15 states and Puerto Rico. Humana offers coordinated health insurance coverage through a variety of plans -- health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, point-of- service-plans and administrative service products -- to employer groups, government-sponsored plans and individuals. More information regarding Humana is available via the Internet at www.humana.com, including: * Copies of annual report to shareholders, Form 10-K, Form 10-Qs, and proxy statement; * Copy of most recent investor presentation; * Copies of quarterly earnings news releases; * Audio archive of the most recent earnings release conference call; * Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings release date, related conference call access number, and planned participation in investor conferences).
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