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FIRST DATA GOES LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- First Data's The Precision Alternative(TM) has gone up down under. The Charlotte, N.C. information systems company has successfully installed the system at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, its first Pacific Rim site. The 269-bed regional referral hospital became operational on The Precision Alternative's Patient Administration System on Digital hardware in late 1992.
 The New South Wales Health Department selected The Precision Alternative in 1991 to be installed at four pilot hospitals, including Wagga Wagga. Other facilities include 816-bed Royal North Shore Hospital, 202-bed Fairfield Hospital and 214-bed Campbelltown Hospital. Once all pilots have been successfully completed, plans are to install The Precision Alternative at an additional 65 hospitals in the New South Wales Health System.
 "We are very pleased with our selection for our core clinical systems," said Dr. Kevin Austin, Executive Director of Information Systems for the New South Wales Health Department. "The installation of these state-of-the-art information systems represents a dramatic step forward for our healthcare system."
 "Our information system is one of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital's greatest assets. We are looking forward to benefits never before realized," said Nancye Piercy, Chief Executive at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.
 The Precision Alternative is adapted for various international markets, according to Eddie Quibell, senior vice president of First Data Health Systems International. "We've worked hard to make sure that this system meets the needs of this market, and we are extremely confident that it will offer significant benefits to staff and clinicians, and to patients, in the years to come," he said. Adaptations required include allowing for nomenclature, measurement and other differences among English-speaking countries.
 First Data Corporation(SM)-Health Systems Group provides healthcare information management solutions and financial services to more than 700 hospitals worldwide. The Charlotte, N.C. company recently merged with Gerber Alley, developer of The Precision Alternative, making it one of the largest healthcare information systems vendors in the industry.
 First Data Health Systems Group is a unit of First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), a provider of high-quality, high-volume information processing and related services to the credit card, consumer funds transfer, telemarketing/teleservices, mutual fund, healthcare and cable television industries. Based in New York, First Data Corporation reported net income of $141 million on revenues of $1.2 billion in 1992 and has 18,000 employees worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Karen See, First Data Corporation, Health Systems Group, 704-549-7305/
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