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Children's Hospital Oakland First to Complete Novell's HIPAA Security Requirements Assessment

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced Children's Hospital Oakland, a full-service pediatric medical center in California, is first to complete its HIPAA Security Requirements Assessment, a new offering in the Novell Healthcare practice designed to assist companies requiring a benchmark of where they are and where they need to be with regards to HIPAA compliance.

NEW ORLEANS (HIMSS Conference) | February 5, 2001

Novell, Inc., the leading provider of Net services software, today announced Children's Hospital Oakland, a full-service pediatric medical center in California, is first to complete its HIPAA Security Requirements Assessment, a new offering in the Novell Healthcare practice designed to assist companies requiring a benchmark of where they are and where they need to be with regards to HIPAA compliance. Children's Hospital Oakland plans to use the assessment to lead them down the path of implementing a unified network environment, which will allow them to simplify and accelerate doctor and patient access to confidential health records and information, while also securing information against unwanted disclosure and access.

"One of our primary challenges is to leverage eBusiness efficiencies, such as providing secure access to system resources and information by patients, doctors and administrative staff, while ensuring compliance with HIPAA and other industry regulations," said Donald Livsey, Chief Information Officer, Children's Hospital Oakland. "Novell's HIPAA Security Requirements Assessment exceeded our expectations. Because of their extensive knowledge of the regulations, the audit took very little of our own time and resources. After a thorough audit of our network, we have a clearer understanding of what we need to do to bring all our network resources together, as well as begin addressing HIPAA regulations. We are putting plans in place that will allow us to move on Novell's recommendations and expect to significantly reduce administrative costs, generate more efficient ways of conducting business, and ultimately improve the quality of healthcare we provide to patients."

Novell Net Services Software Provides Security and Network Management
Novell's Net services software is playing a key role today in Children's Hospital Oakland's security and network management strategies. They are currently integrating NDS eDirectory, ZENworks for Desktops, GroupWise, and BorderManager into its NetWare and Windows NT* environment. In many cases, these products already provide features and functionality allowing Children's Hospital Oakland to meet HIPAA requirements. This includes the ability to centrally manage and enforce end user security policies, secure transmission of identifiable patient information over public networks, manage system and application access across multiple networks at multiple locations, and better manage corporate assets. As they move their operations to the Net, Children's Hospital Oakland plans to leverage eDirectory as the eBusiness foundation allowing them to capture identity information and personalize interaction with doctors, healthcare organizations of all sizes, individual partners, vendors, and patients.

"Novell's Net Services software is helping Children's Hospital Oakland simplify their transformation to eBusiness in order to reduce costs and streamline administrative processes. It will accelerate this transformation while leveraging existing systems and business practices, which is extremely important," said Alex Salehi, world-wide vice president of Novell Professional Services. "Through our newly launched Novell Healthcare practice, we will help companies build one Net for healthcare, while providing technology and consulting services to address pressing HIPAA regulations."

About Children's Hospital Oakland
Founded in 1912, the Children's Hospital Oakland is the oldest, busiest, and most comprehensive pediatric medical center between Los Angeles and Seattle. One of only 45 freestanding children's hospitals in the nation, Children's Hospital Oakland has expanded its role over the years and serves as both the medical "safety net" for children and as a regional pediatric medical center with specialized staff to treat rare illnesses and complex problems.

About Novell Healthcare
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated $3.8 billion will be spent by the healthcare industry to comply with HIPAA's privacy rules established in 1996, which call for health plans, hospitals and clearinghouses to meet new requirements for performing electronic healthcare transactions, protecting the confidentiality of 'individual identifiable' health information and implementing security standards that ensure medical records privacy. Novell's Net services software allows healthcare organizations to establish a foundation that addresses HIPAA challenges, while reducing total cost of ownership.

Leveraging Novell healthcare practice and strategic alliances with industry partners, Novell is providing core expertise in security and IT assessments with focus on the advantages of directory-enabled infrastructure for security and management. Novell offers an onsite HIPAA Security Requirements Assessment, designed to assist companies requiring a gap analysis of where they are and where they need to be with regards to HIPAA compliance. The analysis is designed to offer recommendations, design and deployment of the technical architecture required for HIPAA information management and integration. For more detailed information on Novell Healthcare and offerings please visit www.novell.com/consulting.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is the leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks the Internet, intranets, and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public across leading operating systems. Novell's Net services software provides the foundation for one Net a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.

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