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 CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced that it has received a $1 million contract from the Department of Defense (DOD) to explore and validate the application of Newton technologies within the medical sector of the DOD. In collaboration with KPMG/Peat Marwick, Apple Computer will lead the ProMED project from October 1993 through August 1994 to investigate how the DOD can improve health care services, streamline processes, and lower the cost of health care by incorporating Apple's cutting-edge Newton Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) technology into the DOD's health care practices. Integral to the project is the Newton MessagePad, Apple's first handheld communications assistant which allows people to communicate, gather, manage and share information.
 The 11-month ProMED investigation will focus on the following areas:
 -- Plausible application areas and associated productivity/cost savings;
 -- Possible changes in health care processes required for effective deployment;
 -- Further technology developments, if any, required to ensure successful deployment.
 "The ProMED project will have a great impact on setting the technological direction of the DOD," said Col. Fred Goeringer, ProMED program director, U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency. "Apple's Newton technology has the potential of providing timely information and streamlined processes in a cost-effective manner, thus enabling the DOD to provide leading edge patient care while reducing health care costs for the government."
 The DOD believes the Newton technology has far-reaching potential benefits beyond the military hospitals. "The findings and applications which result from the ProMED study will benefit not only the DOD, but also the private sector health care industry which will probably find direct application of ProMED-developed solutions," said Goeringer.
 "We've had significant success in applying Apple technology to the medical community," said Henry Clifton, director of Apple's Federal Systems Group based in Reston, Va. "Newton technology is particularly suited to health care applications because of the communications and mobile capabilities. Because of Newton's mobile capabilities, we've received tremendous interest from the armed forces and federal law enforcement agencies."
 In addition to the health care industry, Apple USA is targeting Newton solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, financial services and professional services.
 Phased Implementation at Three DOD Sites
 The ProMED project will be implemented in three phases -- Concept Introduction, Concept Demonstration, and Concept Validation -- in three DOD hospitals: Walter Reed Army Medical Center-Washington, D.C., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base-Dayton, Ohio, and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
 The Concept Introduction phase, kicked-off on Nov. 8 in the three pilot hospitals, focuses on the use of Newton as a personal productivity tool through personal organizer functions such as the electronic calendar and database, provider-to-provider communications using Newton's beaming and faxing capabilities, and rounds note- taking which allows for free text entry and printing on demand.
 Scheduled for implementation in December 1993 through March 1994, the Concept Demonstration phase will introduce health care-specific applications on Newton such as the ordering of lab and radiology diagnostics (form creation, dock and send), results notification through Newton paging capabilities, and prescription ordering (form creation, dock and send). The goal of this phase is to provide an understanding of docking and data transmission issues from inpatient rounds as well as prescription and lab requests.
 In the third and final phase of ProMED -- Concept Validation -- untethered, bidirectional use for selected applications will be implemented. Scheduling capabilities will allow physicians to download their schedule into a Newton
MessagePad. Clinical documentation capabilities will also be evaluated, thus allowing Newton-equipped health care providers to link and share clinical documents such as problem lists, progress notes, visit/encounter notes, medical histories and treatment protocols with each other. These documents may also be linked with the ordering of lab and radiology diagnostics.
 Since its introduction in early August 1993, over 50,000 Newton MessagePad units have been purchased in North America and the UK. Partners and licensees of Newton technology include Sharp, Siemens/ROLM, Motorola and Matsushita and more recently, Alcatel, Ameritech, ARM, Bell South, British Telecom, Cirrus Logic, Deutsche Telekom, GEC Plessey Semiconductors, LSI Logic, US West, and VLSI Technologies. These companies have embraced the Newton platform as an integral part of personal communications in products and markets worldwide.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Apple Computer Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server, and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering, and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 NOTE: Apple and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Newton and MessagePad are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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