Cigna Named Top IT Innovator by InformationWeek 500

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has named global health service leader ’s (NYSE:CI) new online health care cost and quality capabilities one of the top ten technology innovations of 2012. The announcement was made as part of the 24 annual rankings which are based on a examination of the technology strategies and initiatives of companies across the 21 industries worldwide.

The global technology award recognizes for its newly redesigned “Find Doctors and Services” search engine that enables Cigna customers to assess medical costs for 200 common medical procedures. Pricing includes specialist, facility and related fees, according to the real-time status of the individual’s health plan deductibles and co-insurance, as well as their available health spending account funds – all before choosing their physician.

Rather than using broad cost ranges or averages, Cigna's price estimates are based on actual claims payments. A Cigna customer can even compare a physician’s costs for performing a procedure at different hospitals – an important feature -- as services at various facilities can vary significantly both in terms of quality and price. For a tour of the new, .

“Recognition from -- the professional guide of technologists -- is an important confirmation of our digital engagement strategy and our commitment to our customers,” said Cigna Executive Vice President and Global CIO, Mark Boxer. “We leverage technology that educates, motivates and rewards our customers. This helps them enhance their health and well-being while improving the affordability of health care services. By connecting with each customer -- a unique individual with their own preferences, likes and cultural orientation -- and providing actionable information, how and when they want it, we enable each individual to improve their health, their health costs, and ultimately their quality of life.”

“The has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.”

identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. The rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

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Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has approximately 71 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit .