TRUMBULL, Conn., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Oxford Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: OHP) has been named an eHealthcare Leadership Awards 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 http://www.strategichealthcare.com. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001212/OXHPLOGO ) "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 the eHealthcare Leadership Awards. Oxford continues to add functionality to its web site (http://www.oxfordhealth.com) for members, employer groups, physicians and brokers. The web site now offers real-time functions applicable to each of its constituent groups resulting in approximately 400,000 transactions per month. In addition to web-based interactions, Oxford's constituents can interface with the company using other technology capabilities including integrated voice response (IVR) and electronic data transfer (EDI). The eHealthcare Leadership Awards program was developed and first presented last year by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, a leading Internet resource covering Internet management, marketing, analysis and intelligence, published by Health Care Communications, Rye, N.Y. (http://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, and independent insurance agents and brokers. 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 benefit plans and Medicare plans. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X71755542
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