CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee today announced that it made this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The insurer was included for the first time this year.

BlueCross was recognized for its industry-leading efforts in 2011 to encrypt all at-rest data within its enterprise. The $6 million effort included more than 885 terabytes of data and is believed to be the first of its kind for any health insurer.

“We are honored to be included in the 2012 InformationWeek 500,” said Nick Coussoule, senior vice president and chief information officer for BlueCross. “This recognition underscores our commitment to protecting our members’ data, which is a vital responsibility and an on-going journey. The encryption project had a very aggressive timeline and took an outstanding effort by a great team to accomplish.”

“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor in Chief Rob Preston.

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