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GREATER DETROIT AREA HEALTH COUNCIL AWARDED $450,000 AMERITECH GRANT

 DETROIT, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritech has awarded a $450,000 grant to help Michigan create an advanced health care information system.
 Presented to the Greater Detroit Area Health Council, the grant will be used to plan the design and deployment of the Michigan Health Management Information System (MHMIS).
 MHMIS is an electronic information management system designed to help control health care costs, improve efficiency and quality of care, and manage improvements in health care delivery.
 The system will have a profound impact on the delivery of health care in the state, said Jim Wilkes, president of Ameritech - Michigan.
 "With MHMIS, for example, an injured vacationer in Traverse City could have immediate computer access to her medical records in Detroit," Wilkes said. "Or a doctor in Muskegon could share an X-ray and consult with a specialist in Grand Rapids via interactive video."
 The grant is a cooperative effort of Ameritech and the governors of the five states which Ameritech serves: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.
 Ameritech has committed more than $27 million to the partnership which is designed to bring new jobs, better educational opportunities and improvements in quality of life to the Midwest region.
 Michigan Gov. John Engler said the grant assures that all those who have a stake in better health care management will have a role in the development and deployment of new technologies.
 "The grant gives us the opportunity to build a platform that includes everyone -- health care providers, insurers, technology companies and consumers -- in planning this system," Engler said. "The creation of such an advanced information system will be one more important addition to the state's evolving high-tech communications infrastructure."
 The Greater Detroit Area Health Council is a private, not-for-profit organization representing business, labor, hospitals, doctors and consumers.
 Ameritech is a leader in providing full-service communications and advanced information services to about 12 million customers primarily in the Midwest. It also has operations in New Zealand, Poland and other international areas. Its 1992 revenues were $11.2 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Sara Snyder of Ameritech, 313-223-7287; or Ron Beford, director of MHMIS, 313-963-4990/
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