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AMERITECH ANNOUNCES VENTURES TO OFFER NEW INFORMATION SERVICES

 AMERITECH ANNOUNCES VENTURES TO OFFER NEW INFORMATION SERVICES
 CHICAGO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritech (NYSE: AIT) today announced two business ventures to develop new services that use sophisticated information processing capabilities of Ameritech's network.
 One initiative will establish a regional health care network in Wisconsin to facilitate the exchange of patient information. Ameritech has designed the network and is now recruiting firms in the health care community to be members. This is believed to be the nation's most extensive health care system of its kind.
 The other venture will lead to new vehicle locator services that use wireless data communications to improve the safety of motorists and let customers pinpoint the exact locations of their vehicles. Ameritech is partnering with an Indianapolis firm that specializes in computerized mapping and vehicle location systems.
 "These business initiatives address legitimate customer needs that are reflective of today's burgeoning Information Age," said Ameritech Chairman and CEO William L. Weiss. "The services will allow us to better serve our customers by helping them use our communications network more effectively."
 Weiss said these efforts are the result of the communications company's new-found freedom to provide information services. Last year, a U.S. federal district court .
 Regional Health Care Network
 The first venture is called the Wisconsin Health Information Network (WHIN), an integrated system that will allow Wisconsin firms in the health care community to electronically send and receive patient information. WHIN will link proprietary systems of hospitals, physicians, laboratories, employers, insurance firms and others who can access this gateway through the telephone network.
 An authorized specialist will be able to use WHIN, for example, to get patient test results and related hospitalization data in a matter of minutes. An insurance company or employer can use the network to streamline and expedite insurance claims processing.
 "Today's health care system is decentralized and specialized, and patient information is often fragmented," said Gail Gulinson, general manager of health care for Ameritech Information Systems. "WHIN is a network that the health care community can use to improve patient care and reduce administrative costs."
 About one-fourth of today's health care costs are administrative. WHIN, she said, is expected to reduce those costs by 20 percent or more for participating firms.
 Aurora Health Care, an 1,100-bed regional health care system in Milwaukee, is the first provider to join WHIN, which is expected to begin operating in late 1992.
 Vehicle Locator Services
 The other Ameritech initiative uses an advanced Ameritech Mobile communications network and technology developed by METS to pinpoint the exact locations of motor vehicles.
 The partnership, called MobileVision, will yield several services allowing motorists to stay in touch with a network center to get emergency roadside vehicle assistance and locate and assist in the recovery of stolen vehicles. Another application will let fleet operators monitor the whereabouts of their vehicles.
 If a car becomes disabled or a motorist faces impending danger, for example, the driver can use a MobileVision control panel stored in the vehicle to signal the problem electronically to the network center, which would summon roadside assistance and let the person know help is on the way.
 "MobileVision creates personal safety for drivers, their passengers and their vehicles," said Linda Wokoun, Ameritech Mobile director of business development. "The services will link motorists, their cars, police, emergency response providers and our network center using advanced wireless communications."
 Three integrated components will make MobileVision services possible: an Ameritech Mobile wireless data network, equipment that is added to a customer's vehicle, and a central dispatch and tracking facility accessible round-the-clock. A cellular mobile phone is not required.
 MobileVision services are expected to be available in metropolitan Chicago later this year.
 Ameritech is the Chicago-based parent of the Bell companies serving Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, and several other information-related companies, both foreign and domestic, providing mobile communications, directory publishing, voice messaging, audiotex services and systems integration. Its 1991 revenues were $10.8 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Ford, 312-750-5205, or Mike Brand, 312-750-5219, both of Ameritech/
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