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BELL ATLANTIC UNVEILS HIGH-TECH PHYSICIAN'S AIDE; TELEMEDICINE SERVICE CAN CONTAIN COSTS, IMPROVE PATIENT ACCESS TO SPECIALISTS

 MALVERN, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 health care professionals today witnessed how telecommunications can bring together patient and physician in an effective, economical way -- even if they're across town, across the county or across the country -- courtesy of Bell Atlantic.
 The department heads of medicine, head nurses and senior administrators from throughout the mid-Atlantic rn? attended the Bell Atlantic Telemedicine Showcase, held in Richmond, Va., and Malvern and linked by Bell Atlantic's digital telecommunications network. Four key medical professionals from the University of Kansas Medical Center, which has one of the largest telemedicine projects in the country, shared their experiences and conducted an on-line telemedical demonstration using Bell Atlantic's telemedicine solution.
 Telemedicine is a multi-media, two-way audio and video transmission that allows medical practitioners to provide primary or consultative care by communicating with patients and health care providers in remote locations. Through telemedicine, patients can gain access to medical experts and specialty services not locally available.
 "Bell Atlantic recognizes the critical challenges health care providers face today to decrease the cost of providing patient care and increase patient access to medical care, without compromising quality," said John Losier, Bell Atlantic Large Business Services president. "Our telemedicine product will enable providers to meet those challenges through innovative use of Bell Atlantic's advanced, digital telecommunications network."
 A Total Solution
 The Bell Atlantic telemedicine solution utilizes telemedical diagnostics systems from MTI Medical Televideo Inc., a systems integrator that offers a full range of remote telemedicine products. Sophisticated video monitors allow both specialist and patient to see one another for face-to-face communications, and a complete line of telemedical diagnostics instruments are available for remote examinations. These instruments include a video otoscope, electronic stethoscope, a flexible nasolaryngoscope, surgical and ophthalmological diagnostics microscopes.
 The video monitors are linked by the Bell Atlantic telephone companies' telecommunications network, which provides high-quality, high-speed, digital transmission between primary care centers in the suburbs or rural areas and major urban medical facilities.
 "Bell Atlantic, through its relationship with MTI, can offer health care providers an integrated telemedicine solution, from network services to the actual telemedical equipment," said Losier.
 "An effective telemedicine program has numerous benefits for patients and professionals alike," said William Mahler, executive director of information technology for the University of Kansas Medical Center. "Telemedicine enables specialists to spread their medical expertise over a larger geographic region; it increases physicians' productivity through more efficient use of their time, and it reduces travel time and expense for patients and physicians.
 "A telemedicine program also can provide for continuing education of health care professionals who otherwise would have to travel to other facilities for classes."
 Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone companies of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. These companies provide a full array of local exchange telecommunications services in the mid-Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Shaffer, 215-466-4540; or for product information, Jacquelyn Kemp, 215-466-6617, both for Bell Atlantic/
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