Case Study: Virginia Mason Medical Center

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Virginia Mason Medical Center – a private, integrated health services organization based in Seattle, Washington – recently purchased Sophos PureMessage to combat computer viruses, spam and other emailborne threats. In addition to blocking viruses and catching over 98% of unsolicited email, PureMessage’s email policy enforcement capabilities are ensuring best practices for legislative compliance. Download now

“We need to be compliant with legislation like HIPAA. Without Sophos PureMessage, we would be putting our business and our patients at risk.”
Michael Spohnholtz, Senior Technology Consultant

Fact file

Sector: Healthcare
Location: US
Environment: 3,800 users receive 1.5 million emails per month
Solution: PureMessage, part of Email Security and Control

Business challenge

  • Now an integral part of healthcare, Virginia Mason Medical Center is expected to comply with legislation governing secure and efficient transaction of personal health information, protect their electronic medical records and ensure their systems are virus-free.

Technology solution

  • Gartner's 2004 Magic Quadrant rated Sophos as one of the top ten most viable anti-spam and antivirus vendors in the marketplace. On testing, PureMessage performed 25% better than other products.
  • PureMessage was chosen because of its superior filtering performance, lower total cost of ownership, most signature updates, low false positive rate and the ability to define rules with the policy module.

Business results

  • Sophos is now working with the medical center to ensure secure messaging for the hospital's patients, providing clean, reliable and safe communication.

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