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Eight of the Top 10 U.S Telemedicine Programs Use VTEL Videoconferencing Systems; Telemedicine has Evolved Into a Business Model for Clinical, Educational and Community Services.

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AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 20, 2000

Eight of the nation's 10 leading telemedicine programs recently rated by Telehealth Magazine use VTEL(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:VTEL) videoconferencing systems for telemedicine applications, including clinical, educational and community services. Among the eight include Appal-Link Network in Virginia, East Carolina University in North Carolina, Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network, Kansas University Medical Center, Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority, Partners Health System in Boston, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Each year, Telehealth Magazine honors the most successful telemedicine programs based on their fulfillment of a defined clinical or health care delivery need, the stability of their support system, acceptance from physicians and patients of the service and the ability to measure clinical outcomes and cost savings.

&uot;We are excited to be a technology partner with some of the best telemedicine programs in the nation,&uot; said Stephen Von Rump, chief executive officer and president of VTEL. &uot;Our partners see telemedicine as a tool that can alter health care delivery by making information and services available to providers and patients wherever they are located. Their programs combine visionary thinking and advanced visual communications to enhance access to medical services. We see a huge potential in this market that will benefit the entire health care industry and patients everywhere.&uot;

Health care providers are recognizing telemedicine as a core business component and a tool to extend the reach of a primary institution into new geographic locations, particularly to better serve remote and rural sites in and outside their delivery systems. Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network, for instance, uses VTEL visual communications solutions to expand its reach into regions far beyond Billings, Mont. The telemedicine program makes clinical, mental health, education and administrative services available to 12 network sites in isolated rural communities in eastern Montana.

&uot;The members of the Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network have embraced telemedicine technology as a cost effective means of providing improved access to medical care and continuing health education, shrinking the distance faced in rural eastern Montana,&uot; said Thelma McClosky Armstrong , director of telemedicine at Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network.

Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) in Flagstaff established a videoconferencing network to provide mental health services to patients in five northern counties of Arizona. NARBHA uses VTEL visual communications to evaluate and monitor mental health conditions and medication usage in children, adolescents and adults, maintaining eye contact throughout the examination.

&uot;It's absolutely crucial to have the highest level of videoconferencing quality for the type of medical exams that our patients require,&uot; said Dr. Sara Gibson, a psychiatrist at NARBHA. &uot;We are continually finding ways to increase efficiencies and reduce costs using the VTEL solutions.&uot;

In addition to providing a seamless link to remote sites and other hospital affiliates, VTEL visual communications also improve administrative efficiencies, provide additional revenue streams by serving populations that traditional methods can't effectively reach and create a more competitive environment by attracting quality physicians.

Based in Austin, Texas with offices and resellers in 61 countries, VTEL Corporation is a global leader in high technology visual communications products and services. From Internet visual communications software and services to videoconferencing systems and video-networking solutions, VTEL offers customers the most complete range of products and implementation support. VTEL serves customers in the commercial, education, health care and government markets by combining the power of traditional videoconferencing with the vast reach of the Internet.

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