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DEPT. OF ELDER AFFAIRS INSTALLS IBM COMPUTER NETWORK

 DEPT. OF ELDER AFFAIRS INSTALLS IBM COMPUTER NETWORK
 TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's Department


of Elder Affairs is installing a state-of-the-art computer network to respond faster to senior citizens with questions about health care and related topics.
 "With this system, someone asking about availability of care for a relative with, say, Alzheimer's, can find out the locations of such care anywhere in the state," said Bentley Lipscomb, director of the new state office, "and that information can be obtained almost instantly."
 Lipscomb said the IBM computer network will connect his Tallahassee headquarters with 11 area agencies on aging around the state, as well as some 370 service providers.
 "The department has no regional or district offices," said Lipscomb. "We're all here in Tallahassee. This posed a real communications problem in trying to work with the area agencies around the state.
 "In the past, this was done through facsimile or overnight mail. But the system we're installing lets me send a 15-page contract, for example, to an agency anywhere in the state almost instantly. If changes need to be made, they can be made and zip that same document back here just as fast. It's a much more efficient way of doing business."
 The DOEA is one of Gov. Lawton Chiles' campaign pledges to improve services for Florida's growing senior citizen population. Although it was created in 1988, the department didn't start providing services until this year. Prior to this time, services were provided by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.
 "One of the things the governor wanted to do when he took office was streamline the structure of state agencies," said Lipscomb. "Since we were a new agency, he asked us to develop more efficient ways to serve the people."
 Lipscomb is very proud of the new computer network and feels it could serve as a model for other state agencies that are similarly configured.
 "We're trying to be innovative in our approach to improving services," he said. "So far, I think we've learned that we've only scratched the surface in terms of how much more effective we can be with this system."
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 /CONTACT: Don Harrison of IBM, 813-872-1144/ CO: IBM; Department of Elder Affairs ST: Florida IN: CPR SU:


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