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NEC EXPANDS IDENTITY AND ACCESS MANAGEMENT OFFERING FOR HEALTHCARE

NEC and Fischer International Form Strategic Alliance to Deliver Easy, Fast Provisioning on Top of NEC’s Single Sign-On and Patient Data Manager Solutions

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2006) – NEC Solutions (America), Inc., a premier provider of integrated solutions for the Connected Enterprise in North America, today announced TouchPass® - Provisioning, which brings automated user identity management capabilities to healthcare IT environments and extends the benefits of NEC's TouchPass identity and access management solutions.

NEC's TouchPass - Provisioning is the result of a new partnership agreement between NEC Solutions America and Fischer International, security visionaries who provide the industry's only programming-free provisioning solution designed for rapid and easy integration into complex IT environments. The announcement was issued at this week's 2006 Gartner IT Security Summit in Washington, D.C., at which the new TouchPass - Provisioning solution will be unveiled at Booth # 111.

NEC's TouchPass - Provisioning incorporates Fischer Identity Suite's provisioning, password management, and compliance technologies to deliver an automated solution for user account management and compliance by centralizing the management of user identities for networks, databases and applications. Healthcare practitioners are faced with fast-paced work environments where patient care is priority. Removing tedious and time consuming tasks, such as application and network privilege requests and waiting for account approvals, allows healthcare practitioners to be more productive and focused on patient care. From an IT administrative perspective, TouchPass - Provisioning is a secure, efficient and cost-effective way to manage user privileges across any healthcare organization.

TouchPass is the only provisioning solution that requires no programming or scripting for implementation, administration or business changes. It’s also the only solution that brings identity management to mobile devices, and provides PDA-based support for provisioning approvals, password management, data lookup, contact management and calendar synchronization with Lotus® Notes® or Microsoft® Exchange. Now managers on the go can approve application activation or termination requests without delaying the process.

"NEC’s partnership with Fischer International represents a significant advance for our integrated solutions for healthcare’s complex IT environments,” said Lauryn Jones, general manager, Healthcare Solutions Division of NEC Solutions America. “TouchPass - Provisioning provides the healthcare industry with identity and access management that can be deployed rapidly and automates the labor intensive elements, thereby easing the IT burden. This performance improvement directly translates into cost savings and frees critical IT resources to be redirected to other pressing initiatives.”

"Provisioning solutions can provide the automation and security needed to ensure that healthcare staff have timely access to the information they need, and can eliminate the cost of thousands of hours spent to manually manage user base," said Barry Runyon, Healthcare Research Director, Gartner, Inc. "The key to obtaining the maximum value from a provisioning solution is to automate provisioning and compliance for as many systems as is practical. With each added system or user population, the healthcare provider reaps the benefits, such as cost reduction, improved security and compliance, access to information and patient safety.”

NEC's TouchPass – Provisioning enables healthcare organizations to effectively control and manage more systems and users, with less effort and at lower cost when compared to manual user account management processes, which are costly and complex. The benefits of NEC's TouchPass - Provisioning include:

  • Automated User Account Management – Automatically manage user identities and privileges in real time for all healthcare systems and applications
  • Reduced Operating Costs – Eliminate the need to manually administer user privileges, and decrease help desk calls related to user account problems and password resets
  • Rapid Deployment – Eliminate programming and scripting through a standards-based architecture and "point-and-click" configuration, including workflow and policy creation
  • Low Total Cost of Ownership – Reduce implementation and ongoing administrative costs through automation and easy-to-user interfaces, and lessen reliance on specialized IT resources
  • Simplified Compliance – Provide detailed access reports via a centralized audit database to assist with HIPAA and other compliance mandates
  • Improved Security – Reduce security violations through automated enforcement and up-to-date control of user data access privileges
  • Greater User Productivity – Provide clinicians with instant access to patient records

"The NEC - Fischer relationship is a commitment to provide healthcare clients with the best provisioning solution on the market," said Renee Bacherman, chief executive officer, Fischer International. "The blend of NEC’s extensive healthcare experience and Fischer's long-standing expertise in developing enterprise-class solutions for large and small organizations has resulted in the first true enterprise-class provisioning solution for healthcare. TouchPass - Provisioning is an important breakthrough for healthcare provisioning."

NEC's TouchPass - Provisioning is the third module of NEC's TouchPass solution for healthcare. It is easily integrated with the other TouchPass modules for expanded functionalities to grow with any healthcare organization. TouchPass - Secure Single Sign-On replaces a multi-step logon process with one secure, centrally managed sign-on for all healthcare applications and systems, simplifying password management. TouchPass - Patient Data Manager synchronizes patient information displayed within disparate healthcare applications and systems at the clinical desktop, providing clinicians with instant access to view complete patient information among these applications with just one click. The TouchPass suite is simple to deploy, easy to use and maintain, and delivers an affordable solution for healthcare providers to enhance clinical workflow, reduce costs and ultimately increase the quality of care.

Availability
TouchPass – Provisioning is available now. To schedule a Web demonstration or to speak to an NEC representative, contact the Healthcare Solutions Division at (866) 216-0089 or healthcare@necsam.com.

About Fischer International
Fischer International was founded in 1982 by Addison Fischer, a security visionary whose many accomplishments are recognized globally. Headquartered in Naples, Florida, Fischer International has a distinguished history of innovation and thought leadership in the security industry. Fischer continues this tradition by being the first to deliver the next-generation of Identity Management. The solution, Fischer Identity Suite, is built upon DataForum™, Fischer’s standards-based provisioning, approval, and compliance engine. By design, the engine is an integration technology as Fischer recognized that integration is the lifeblood of enterprise Identity Management. Additionally, compliance is organically incorporated throughout because compliance must be part of the DNA in any Identity Management solution. Like all Fischer solutions, the Fischer Identity Suite will stand the test of time. For additional information, please visit www.FischerInternational.com

About NEC Solutions America
NEC Solutions (America), Inc. is a premier provider of integrated solutions for the Connected Enterprise in North America. As an affiliate of NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.1), NEC Solutions America taps into a global resource network to help clients leverage technology to achieve a competitive edge. From corporate performance management and biometric security solutions to digital cinema and in-theatre advertising systems, visual displays and server solutions, the expertise is delivered with the personal attention needed to address individual situations. With headquarters in Rancho Cordova, California, NEC Solutions America serves a wide range of markets, including the healthcare and public safety, financial services, cinema, retail and manufacturing markets. Information regarding NEC Solutions America can be found at www.necsam.com.

© 2006 NEC Solutions (America), Inc. TouchPass is a registered mark of NEC Solutions (America), Inc. NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

Media Contact:

Dennis McDermott
Chief Marketing Officer
Fischer International
(239) 643-1500
dmd@fischerinternational.com

Beth Makosey
NEC Solutions (America), Inc.
(408) 844-1320
beth.makosey@necsam.com