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HP SITE OFFERS ELECTRONIC AND CLASSIC STETHOSCOPES FOR SALE.

Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, Calif., is accepting orders for electronic stethoscopes via the Internet from physicians, clinicians and consumers in four countries.

In response to international customer demand, HP now offers the recently introduced HP Stethos electronic stethoscope and its classic acoustical model, the HP Rappaport-Sprague stethoscope, for sale on the Web. HP Stethos, a fully electronic stethoscope, is capable of amplifying biological sounds up to 14 times higher than a conventional stethoscope. While visiting www.hp.com/go/hpstethos, medical professionals and non-medical consumers can easily receive access to product information and order online.

"We wanted to satisfy physicians' needs for more detailed information about our new stethoscope technology and offer an online shopping experience that appeals to the medical community and to gift-giving consumer," said Jay Mazelsky, general manager of medical supplies for HP's Healthcare Solutions Group.

The new multilingual Web site enables business to be conducted in English, German, and French. It transacts in local currency, including the Euro, and processes orders locally in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Germany.

In 1998, HP's medical supplies business launched the first phase of a global e-commerce strategy to provide its business-to-business customers order transaction capabilities and access to critical service information. Two major enhancements to this customized system were announced earlier this year, illustrating the company's ongoing commitment to electronic business services. The business-to-business site is located at www.hp.com/go/medsupplies.

Today's announcement of e-commerce for medical professionals and consumers marks the expansion of HP's Internet healthcare purchasing capabilities to the international arena.

About HP's Healthcare Solutions Group

HP's Healthcare Solutions Group is a worldwide leader of clinical measurement and diagnostic technologies, information solutions, services, support and supplies for the healthcare industry. The group has 5,400 employees and had revenues of more than $1.3 billion in its 1998 fiscal year.

HP leads the world in acute-care patient monitoring, cardiovascular ultrasound imaging and clinical-information systems for critical care, and is at the forefront of new technologies such as point-of-care diagnostics and predictive instruments. HP is a founding member of the Clinical Context Object Workgroup (CCOW) and the Andover Working Group. Both organizations focus on developing standards-based interoperability between healthcare applications. Information about HP's Healthcare Solutions Group can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com/go/medical/.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services.

HP plans to launch Agilent Technologies as an independent company by mid-calendar 2000. Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical analysis and healthcare solutions businesses, and has leading positions in multiple market segments.

HP has 123,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue of $47.1 billion in its 1998 fiscal year. Information about HP, its products and the company's Year 2000 program can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

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