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Customized Fingerprint Authentication Solution Protects Patient Privacy and Delivers Convenience for Healthcare Professionals

Orlando, Fla., - June 14, 2004; Established network security solution provider Computer Consultants & Merchants, Inc. (CC&M) and best-in-class fingerprint authentication hardware developer Zvetco Biometrics today announced a successful integrated biometric security solution deployed at West Tennessee Healthcare. West Tennessee Healthcare is benefiting from CC&Ms Trusted Space® (TS) Software Solution, which includes a private label version of Zvetco Biometrics Verifi fingerprint readers using TruePrint® technology and industry-leading software, at several of its six hospitals and satellite medical facilities. The TS Solution ensures that only authorized users are provided access to critical patient information. It also provides added convenience and security to System Users by allowing them to sign-on once to multiple applications with a single finger touch.

West Tennessee Healthcare has been using the Trusted Space biometric software solution for several years to secure clinical data on both public and private workstations by accurately authenticating the identities of medical, administrative and other staff using fingerprint scans. Over the past year, the Jackson, Tennessee-based healthcare system has been systematically replacing its older optical fingerprint scanners with new digital Verifi fingerprint readers. West Tennessee Healthcare opted to switch to the smaller, USB-connected devices that provide faster login and more accurate enrollment in the authentication process, thereby reducing operational costs. To date, West Tennessee Healthcare has implemented 400 of the devices.

Patient privacy is a top priority for West Tennessee Healthcare and is the foundation upon which the physician-patient relationship is built. In terms of our success as a healthcare provider, we must be certain that our patients feel that they can trust us with their personal information, commented Jeff Frieling, CIO for West Tennessee Healthcare. The Trusted Space solution and the Verifi devices dramatically enhance our data security, increase staff accountability, and eliminate the inconvenience and cost of password-based access. We have been enormously pleased with how much easier the Verifi fingerprint readers are to use than the older optical ones.

It is a credit to West Tennessee Healthcare that they are so committed to taking advantage of new, progressive technologies in support of their patients. Password-based logons do not provide sufficient security or convenience for everyone. Trusted Space and biometrics allow for companies like West Tennessee Healthcare to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, said Richard Neuman, Chief Technology Officer at CC&M. By combining our Trusted Space biometric software with Verifi products from Zvetco Biometrics, we can offer cost-effective solutions to secure an organizations entire computer network. Trusted Space provides an easy to implement solution for streamlining systems access and identity management, thus greatly eliminating the costs of maintaining multiple passwords for organizations.

By deploying the TS solution and the most advanced fingerprint readers available, West Tennessee Healthcare has chosen to surpass HIPAA standards while still improving cost-effectiveness, reliability and performance, said Zavi Cohen, CEO and founder of Zvetco Biometrics. The combination of CC&Ms leading secure biometric access software with Zvetco Biometrics advanced fingerprint scanning devices, including water-proof versions, is well-suited to meet the particular needs of healthcare providers. This successful deployment further demonstrates Zvetco Biometrics expanding customer base within public and private healthcare markets.

West Tennessee Healthcare provides high quality, compassionate healthcare for the people of West Tennessee. The healthcare system consists of six hospitals, in/outpatient rehab facilities, imaging services, mental health facilities, and home healthcare. The system's flagship is 662-bed Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Within this large hospital are centers of excellence: West Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, Women and Children's Center, Tennessee Heart Center, West Tennessee Cancer Center, and Emergency Services.

About CC&M, Inc.

CC&M, Inc. is an established and committed technical organization that has been providing specialized information system solutions to clients since 1992. The Trusted Space software line is one of the most comprehensive biometrically enabled software packages on the market today, encompassing functionality for identity management and access control, single sign-on, network and workstation security, time and attendance, audit reporting and supports multiple forms of biometric authentication. In addition to offering one of the most complete biometric software packages on the market, the company also offers other solutions for data security and data protection services. Additional information about Trusted Space software is available on the Web at and additional company information is available about CC&M at or by calling (407) 870-0545.

About Zvetco Biometrics

Zvetco Biometrics is a provider of best-in-class identity authentication hardware that uses innovative fingerprint sensing technology to safeguard data access. Founded in 1999, Zvetco Biometrics provides its customers in the corporate enterprise, financial services, healthcare, gaming and retail industries with cost-effective biometric tools that enhance security, increase accountability, and eliminate the cost and inconvenience of password-based access. Zvetco Biometrics Verifi line of biometric products incorporates precision fingerprint-sensing technology into ergonomic computer peripherals that deliver unparalleled performance, reliability and convenience. Available in multiple form factors, Verifi products use AuthenTecs TruePrint® sensor technology, offer a rugged, elegant design, a standard USB interface, enhanced security and convenience, private labeling, and other custom options. Information about Zvetco Biometrics and its products is available on the Web at or by calling (407) 681-0111.

Verifi is a trademark of Zvetco Biometrics. Trusted Space is a registered trademark of Computer Consultants and Merchants, Inc. TruePrint is a registered trademark of AuthenTec.