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HEALTH SYSTEMS GROUP JOINS COMPUTER-BASED PATIENT RECORD INSTITUTE

 HEALTH SYSTEMS GROUP JOINS COMPUTER-BASED PATIENT RECORD INSTITUTE
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Health Systems Group of First Data Corporation(SM) (NYSE: FDC) is among the first members of the new Computer-Based Patient Record Institute, Inc. (CPRI).
 Health Systems Group joins a number of distinguished participants, including representatives from the American College of Physicians, American Health Information Management Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Medical Informatis Association, American Nurses Association, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Motorola Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 The institute's charter is to promote computer-based patient record technology in the United States by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among members of the U.S. Congress, healthcare consumers, providers and vendors.
 "CPRI will be instrumental in guiding Health Systems Group's developmental efforts," said Darryl Bowles, Senior Vice President of Development. "The computer-based patient record is one of the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry today, and it offers tremendous potential for both increasing the quality of patient care and lowering hospital costs. Only through the cooperation of a national organization like CPRI, which works with healthcare providers, facilities and information system vendors, can the goal of a standard for computer-based patient records be attained."
 "We are one of the initial members of the organization. In fact, we were working with the groug before it was even incorporated," said Todd Frech, Health Systems Group's representative to CPRI.
 Frech said one reason Health Systems Group joined is for access to current thinking on computer-based patient record technology.
 "CPRI is trying to put together a standard for computer-based patient records, and Health Systems Group will participate in the standards committee from the start. We will have information right away and will be able to use this in our design process. This should allow us to maintain a cutting edge in this product line.
 "Membership also is important because it shows our support for the educational process. Health Systems Group feels very strongly about the need for computer-based patient record technology," Frech said.
 Health Systems Group, a provider of healthcare information management solutions and financial services, employs approximately 1,000 people nationwide
and is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. HSG is a unit of First Data Corporation, which provides high-quality, high-volume information processing and related services to the credit card, consumer funds transfer, telemarketing and teleservices industries. First Data Corporation Common Stock, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FDC," reported net income of $118 million on revenues of $995 million in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Sarah Lane, First Data Corporation Health Systems Group, 704-549-6908/
 (FDC) CO: First Data Corporation; Health Systems Group ST: North Carolina IN: HEA MTC SU: PDT


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