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CERNER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NEW OFFERING OF CLINICAL APPLICATIONS ON IBM'S OPEN SYSTEMS PLATFORM

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ: CERN) today announced that its departmental clinical information systems are now available on IBM's RISC System/6000 (reduced instruction set computing) processor with AIX/6000 (Advanced Interactive Executive), IBM's version of the UNIX operating system. The initial offering, which opens significant new markets for Cerner, includes the company's market-leading systems for laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and the Open Clinical Foundation Data Repository (OCF). This is the first phase of Cerner's commitment to offer all of its Healthcare Network Architecture (HNA) software applications in an IBM RISC/AIX computing environment that is fully compliant with open system standards.
 The combination of laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy applications accounts for a significant portion of all patient-related information used by clinicians. Since these ancillary areas usually want integrated information, they were a logical starting point for introducing the complete HNA suite of applications on an open systems platform. In addition to being able to automate the processes of these clinical areas, Cerner clients can progressively automate the medical record using the OCF application. Also available on this platform is Cerner's Open Engine Application Gateway System. Open Engine provides extensive interface management capabilities for healthcare enterprises that want to transcend traditional interface practices via an interface engine application.
 Cerner has an outstanding history of success implementing systems on its current platform, which it now brings to the open systems marketplace. For example, the company's PathNet laboratory information system is now being used in over 400 healthcare facilities around the world, including such prestigious institutions as the University of Michigan, Children's Medical Center of Boston, and Baylor Medical Center. In the pharmacy market, Cerner and Cerner Megasource, a recent acquisition, have demonstrated outstanding success with pharmacy systems in 340 institutions, including University of Utah Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Washington Hospital Center, and St. Jude's Medical Center. Cerner's RadNet has been well received in the radiology information systems marketplace, including such prestigious clients as Oklahoma's Baptist Healthcare System and Henry Ford Health System.
 David Richard, IBM vice president and general manager, said, "The combination of Cerner and IBM brings healthcare organizations a powerful set of software solutions capable of addressing their needs today, while preparing them for years of expandability in the future. As the creator of RISC technology, we believe the availability of Cerner's highly acclaimed clinical information systems on IBM's complete family of RISC systems brings together the world's finest computing technology with world class patient care-focused software applications, giving healthcare information system buyers the kind of price/performance choices they want and need in clinical computing."
 Paul Lewis, vice president of IBM's Healthcare Industries, said, "This announcement today represents a significant addition to IBM's portfolio of RISC System/6000 healthcare applications. We are excited about the addition of Cerner's laborabory, pharmacy, radiology, and electronic medical records systems to RISC System/6000 platform, and we anticipate strong and positive reaction in the marketplace. The sales organizations of our two companies will be working together to bring the combination of IBM's technology and Cerner's clinical applications as solutions to our clients."
 Phil Hester, vice president of Systems and Technology for IBM's RISC System/6000 Division, said, "Today's announcement is the exciting culmination of a one-year joint project that represents a significant investment by Cerner Corporation in open systems and by IBM Corporation to bring world class clinical applications to market on the RISC System/6000. Having worked with Cerner since their decision to select an open systems platform, I have personally observed the intensity of effort and commitment by Cerner to ensure the best result for their clients. As the fastest-growing provider of open systems client/server computers, IBM believes this new strategic alliance will deliver outstanding clinical applications to healthcare professionals around the world."
 Clifford W. Illig, Cerner's president and chief operating officer, commented, "As the highest ranked hardware, software, and computing services provider and undisputed computing leader, IBM offers unparalleled experience in deploying solutions to our prospective healthcare clients worldwide. In recent years, Cerner has established a number of significant strategic business alliances. The joining of forces between IBM and Cerner gives us yet greater momentum, driving our departmental solutions to market leadership. IBM's RISC technology is recognized as an outstanding performer across a variety of industries, making it an ideal platform for Cerner's HNA applications. Cerner's long-standing software engineering practices permit rapid and efficient adoption of strategic platforms that open high-volume marketplaces to us. This move further underscores our commitment to provide unsurpassed solutions for care providers around the world."
 Neal L. Patterson, Cerner's chairman and chief executive officer, added, "The capability to offer an array of solutions to decision-makers who are focused on open systems strategies is a vital link in Cerner's progress. This new offering of our systems on the RISC System/6000 represents another major facet of our commitment to open systems philosophies, which we will expand as we deliver all of our HNA applications on open systems platforms. We began developing open system solutions with OCF and continued our commitment by establishing a strategic business alliance with Oracle Corporation, using their RDBMS (relational data base management system) technology. Our new relationship with IBM and the introduction of our clinical information systems on the RISC System/6000 platform is an milestone. Clearly, Cerner is committed to providing the clinical `infostructure' for all healthcare organizations regardless of their platform preference."
 The RISC System/6000 is an award-winning family of high performance, open UNIX workstations and servers to satisfy the needs of the technical and commercial user. The RISC System/6000 delivers its outstanding application performance through the AIX/6000 operating system, which integrates the best of UNIX's multitasking, multiuser, and communications capabilities. IBM's RISC technology provides Cerner with both a strong starting point and a rapid trajectory toward scalable, reliable, and balanced UNIX/RISC offerings.
 Cerner is the leading developer of patient-focused clincal information systems for the healthcare industry. All Cerner system designs are based on Healthcare Network Architecture (HNA). Through HNA, Cerner is able to deliver application software products that serve the unique needs of each clinical discipline, while allowing unprecedented automation of the overall clinical process. Cerner offers products to an international marketplace including integrated healthcare delivery systems, hospitals, HMO's, clinics and reference laboratories.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Dietrich, Director, Business Planning and Development, 816-221-1024, of Cerner/
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