Aetna and Navinet Receive Top Industry Award For Ground-Breaking Health Care Communications Solution

Health Data Management Editor’s Choice Award recognizes Aetna’s secure provider website via NaviNet for innovation in consumer connectivity

HARTFORD, Conn., December 09, 2008 — Aetna (NYSE: AET)  and NaviMedix, the national leader in real-time health care communications, announced today that Aetna's secure provider website via the NaviNet® platform was recognized for innovative connectivity achievement with Health Data Management magazine's second annual Editor's Choice Award for "Consumer Connectivity." The award will be presented today at the 4th Annual World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress (WHIT 4.0).

The "Consumer Connectivity" award is one of only five awards given by Health Data Management. The category recognizes the most innovative health care information technology that promotes improved quality of life of patients and the financial viability of health care organizations. The award specifically acknowledges Aetna for its forward-thinking work with NaviNet as its secure web-based provider communication solution of choice.

"Aetna is committed to better serving physicians and hospitals and providing our members with information and tools to help them make informed health care decisions. Aetna's secure provider website via NaviNet makes it easier for physicians and hospitals to do business with Aetna and can help physicians and members work together to better coordinate care and improve health outcomes. We are pleased that our efforts have been recognized by Health Data Management," said Paul Marchetti, head of Aetna National Networks and Contracting Services.

All organizations featured in Health Data Management's print edition and related online coverage in 2008 were considered for this award. Aetna and NaviNet were selected based on a print feature article in June 2008 entitled, "Aetna's New Portal Strategy." The story describes how and why Aetna adopted NaviNet as its communications platform of choice to connect more than 170,000 of its contracted physicians across the country, setting a new standard of innovation in health care information exchange.

 "We are honored that NaviNet is recognized as a contributor to Aetna's efforts to improve patient care and to help physicians get the most out of each patient encounter," said Brad Waugh, president and CEO of NaviMedix. "NaviNet connects our network of over 670,000 providers to insurers for real-time information exchange that substantially enhances the physician-patient relationship."

Complete coverage of the Health Data Management Editor's Choice Awards held in Washington, D.C., will be featured in Health Data Management's February 2009 issue.

About Aetna
Aetna is one of the leading diversified health care benefits companies in the United States, serving approximately 37.2 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units and government-sponsored plans in the U.S. and internationally.

About NaviMedix
NaviMedix is the national leader in real-time health care communications, with a network of 670,000 enrolled providers in all 50 states using its solutions and services. NaviNet®, the company's sophisticated web-based communications solution, allows providers to interact with the country's leading health plans, including four of the six largest payers, and other sponsoring health care service organizations. NaviNet enables sponsors to reach a national network of providers who tap into the solution frequently for medical and business interactions. NaviMedix solutions deliver relevant information from multiple sources into the provider office to support financial, clinical and administrative decision-making and drive more effective physician engagement. For more information, please visit or call us at 617-715-6000 or 800-805-7569.


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