CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee was recently honored with a 2003 World Class Solutions Award for its data storage system.

DM Review, the premier publication for business intelligence and data warehousing, recognized BlueCross for its ability to create a storage infrastructure that would handle anticipated growth while lowering information technology costs.

Faced with an increasing volume of data, generated by record membership growth, the BlueCross information system department teamed with McDATA SANavigator to consolidate four application systems into a single network environment.

"Our new system not only simplifies data storage, but also improves business efficiency," said Hugh Hale, director of technical services for BlueCross. "In addition to improved performance, we estimate future cost savings in the range of $1.5 to $2 million annually."

According to Hale, the new data infrastructure provides 99.999 percent availability and allows for non-disruptive expansions and upgrades, positioning BlueCross to better serve current and future customers.

DM Review selected BlueCross from more than 100 competition entries in nine categories. A listing of winners and case studies are available on the DM Review web site’s World Class Solution Award page.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.