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Kodak Digital Systems To Be Installed at 34 Hospitals Throughout Alberta, Canada.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Regional Shared Health Information Program (RSHIP), Alberta, Canada, has placed a multi-million-dollar order for dozens of KODAK DIRECTVIEW Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR) Systems. These systems will be installed at 34 hospitals and healthcare centers within the David Thompson Health and East Central Health Regions over the next eight months.

The order includes 43 KODAK DIRECTVIEW CR systems , one KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 3000 System, and numerous KODAK Laser Imaging Systems and Film Digitizers. RSHIP also ordered KODAK DIRECTVIEW Capture Link Systems, which streamline workflow by allowing technologists to perform scanning and image review functions on any networked KODAK CR System at each site throughout the hospital network. The Regional Shared Health Information Program conducted an extensive evaluation process that involved 10 suppliers prior to selecting Kodak's Health Group for this large-scale regional implementation.

"Kodak provides a full suite of computed and digital radiography solutions that meet the diverse needs of each application and each hospital. We are confident in Kodak's ability to supply leading-edge technology and the levels of service RSHIP needs to be successful in the implementation and support of this project," said Brian Kroeker, Director of Operations for the Regional Shared Health Information Program.

Kodak's CR and DR systems will provide high-resolution digital x-ray image capture for general radiology, emergency, intensive care, and other departments within each hospital. Laser imagers output digital image files onto radiographic film, while film digitizers equip facilities to integrate existing film-based radiographs into a digital imaging workflow.

Kodak's Broad Portfolio of Solutions

Kodak's broad portfolio of digital capture solutions includes seven CR systems and three DR systems designed to meet the requirements of every application and budget. Kodak's consistent operator interface for both CR and DR platforms improves productivity and reduces the need for training. Kodak also offers software that enhances the quality of CR and DR images by presenting both high-contrast and wide latitude data simultaneously.

About Kodak's Health Group

Kodak's Health Group, with 2005 revenues of $2.65 billion, is a world leader in supplying the medical and dental professions with advanced healthcare products, services and information technology solutions. Its broad portfolio includes picture archiving and communications systems (PACS), radiology information systems (RIS), healthcare information systems, computed radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) systems, laser imagers, mammography and oncology systems, x-ray film systems, dental imaging products, and a range of consulting--as well as repair and maintenance--services.

Kodak is the world's foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to not only healthcare customers, but to the photographic and graphic communications markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak's system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; and Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images.

For more information about Kodak's Health Group, contact your Kodak representative or visit www.kodak.com/go/health.

About Regional Shared Health Information Program (RSHIP)

The Regional Shared Health Information Program (RSHIP) is a unique project that began when Aspen, Chinook, David Thompson, East Central, Northern Lights, Palliser, and Peace Country regional health authorities voluntarily collaborated to develop a shared health information system. The RSHIP system is designed to

--Improve patient care,

--Enhance patient safety,

--Assist health care professionals in their work,

--Generate an Enterprise Medical Record (a type of electronic health record) for residents living in the RSHIP partner health regions; and

--Integrate with the provincial electronic health record.

RSHIP serves over 420 acute care and continuing care and public health facilities offices across seven of Alberta's nine health regions. For more information about RSHIP please visit http://www.rship.ca/

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