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Health Systems Design Reports First- Quarter Results; Company Signs Major New Contract in Quarter, but Reports Loss.

OAKLAND Oakland, city (1990 pop. 372,242), seat of Alameda co., W Calif., on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay; inc. 1852. Together with San Francisco and San Jose, the city comprises the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 26, 1999--Health Systems Design Corp. (Nasdaq:HSDC HSDC High Speed Digital Chart
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) Tuesday Tuesday: see week.  reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31, 1998, reflecting record bookings and backlog Backlog

The total value of sales orders waiting to be fulfilled.

This figure is used mainly in the manufacturing industry. Increases or decreases in a company's backlog indicate the future direction of sales and earnings.
, although a net loss was recorded.

Revenues for the quarter totaled $5.4 million, with bookings reaching a record $13.5 million, leading to a record backlog of $29.4 million. The net loss for the quarter equaled $1.4 million, or $0.21 per share. A year ago, Health Systems Design reported a net loss of $1.2 million, or $0.18 per share, on revenues of $5.3 million. Bookings in the corresponding year-ago quarter were $12.5 million, and backlog was $22.1 million.

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 J. Harrison Harrison, town (1990 pop. 13,425), Hudson co., NE N.J., an industrial suburb on the Passaic River opposite Newark; inc. 1869. The town has several foundries. Its manufactures include plastics, paperboard, and metal products. , president and chief executive officer, said: "We had anticipated reporting a profit for the first quarter. Unfortunately, while we were successful in signing an important new license agreement, revenue recognition rules governing gov·ern  
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 software companies precluded us from recognizing any significant revenue from the contract in the first quarter, contrary to our initial interpretation. Rather, this revenue, including that which we anticipated to be recognized in the first fiscal quarter, will now be recognized over the remaining implementation period of the contract."

Harrison added: "Our financial results this quarter do not reflect the solid operating performance Health Systems Design delivered over the past three months. As previously announced, we signed our license agreement with Blue Shield of California Blue Shield of California is a not-for-profit health insurance provider headquartered in San Francisco, California. An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Blue Shield of California is an incorporated, wholly owned subsidiary of California Physicians'  to implement Health Systems' DIAMOND(R) 950C/S See client/server.  software system as an integral part of that organization's plan to completely overhaul its core information technology system. The evaluation process at Blue Shield Blue Shield A US not-for-profit health care insurer that is a reimbursement intermediary for physicians. Cf Blue Cross.  was the most rigorous our company's products have ever been through. Our win underscores the quality of our software systems and our entire organization. The visibility of this contract is an important calling card for future business opportunities."

Health Systems Design, with headquarters in Oakland, is a leading provider of managed care information systems software to payers and providers of health care services. HSD's DIAMOND systems enable companies to manage financial risk and operate their businesses in the complex administrative environment of managed care. Customers on the payer side include health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations pre·ferred provider organization
Abbr. PPO A medical insurance plan in which members receive more coverage if they choose health care providers approved by or affiliated with the plan.
 (PPOs) and indemnity Recompense for loss, damage, or injuries; restitution or reimbursement.

An indemnity contract arises when one individual takes on the obligation to pay for any loss or damage that has been or might be incurred by another individual.
 insurers. Customers on the provider side include physician hospital organizations (PHOs) and independent practice organizations (IPAs). Health Systems Design was founded in 1988 and has traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market Nasdaq stock market

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 since its initial public offering in 1996.

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. Risks and uncertainties include the company's dependence upon a single product line; the dynamic nature of the market in which the company's product line competes; variability of operating results due to the long sales cycle and implementation period of the company's products; continued market acceptance of the company's products; development of new products and enhancements of the current product; dependence of the company's results of operations on certain large customers; the company's dependence on key personnel; intense competition; and other risks described in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. -0-

                      HEALTH SYSTEMS DESIGN CORP.
               (In thousands, except per-share amounts)


                                     Three months ended
                                          Dec. 31,
                                     1998          1997
 System sales                     $  4,454      $  4,546
 Services and other                    927           745
 Total revenues                      5,381         5,291
Cost of revenues:                    2,203         1,724
 Gross margin                        3,178         3,567

Operating expenses:
 General and administrative          1,470         1,874
 Sales and marketing                 1,193           975
 Product development                 2,052         1,994
   Total operating expenses          4,715         4,843
   Income (loss) from operations    (1,537)       (1,276)
Other income (expense), net            112           122
   Income (loss) before provision
    for income taxes                (1,425)       (1,154)
Provision for income taxes               1            --
Net income (loss)                 $ (1,426)     $ (1,154)

Net income (loss) per share       $  (0.21)     $  (0.18)
Weighted average shares
 outstanding                         6,678         6,535


                      HEALTH SYSTEM DESIGN CORP.
                            (In thousands)


                                          Dec. 31,          Sept. 30,
                                            1998              1998

Current assets:
 Cash and cash equivalents                $ 8,339           $  9,440
   Accounts receivable, net                 7,071              5,646
   Unbilled revenue                         3,205              2,405
   Prepaids                                   428                384
         Total current assets              19,043             17,875

Property and equipment, net                 2,572              2,848
Deposits and other assets                     218                118
Software development costs, net             3,298              2,787
         Total assets                    $ 25,131          $  23,628


Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  $ 3,212          $   3,308
   Unearned revenue                         5,715              2,728
         Total current liabilities          8,927              6,036
Total stockholders' equity                 16,204             17,592
         Total liabilities and
          stockholders' equity          $  25,131         $   23,628
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