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LANIER WORLDWIDE, INC. TO ACQUIRE MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION SERVICE COMPANY

 ATLANTA, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Lanier Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), has signed an agreement in principal to acquire ML&M, Inc., an international medical records transcription company headquartered in Atlanta.
 Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
 Lanier is the world's largest independent distributor of office products, systems and services with more than 1,600 sales and service centers in 80 countries. The company is a market leader in voice- recording products, including centralized digital systems used in hospital medical records departments and law offices.
 Privately owned ML&M provides transcription services to hospitals and other healthcare organizations in the United States and overseas. The company has service centers in Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn., and Orlando, Fla.
 "Acquisition of ML&M is part of our strategy of expansion in the rapidly growing records-processing market," explained Wesley E. Cantrell, president and chief executive officer of Lanier. "With the changes taking place in the healthcare industry, hospitals and other providers are seeking more efficient and cost-effective methods of records management. The combination of Lanier's systems and ML&M's service capabilities will position us as a major integrated supplier to this expanding marketplace."
 Lanier Worldwide, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is a major supplier of copying systems, dictation systems, continuous recording systems, voice-mail systems, PC-based healthcare solutions, information management systems and facsimile systems.
 Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3 billion, is focused on four major businesses: electronic systems, semi-conductors, communications, and Lanier office products.
 THE MEDICAL RECORDS AND TRANSCRIPTION INDUSTRY
 BACKGROUND INFORMATION
 Healthcare facilities are required to develop a patient file on every person who receives care. These files, containing information like the patient's medical history, the attending physician's diagnosis and discharge summary, are regulated by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). JCAHO sets the standards by which medical records departments must maintain their records.
 The medical records department is usually responsible for transcribing the reports required to be included in the file as well as tracking and storing records. When physicians and hospital administration need a patient's medical record quickly, they rely on the medical records department. Vital to the smooth and efficient operation of a healthcare facility, the medical records department maintains secure, accurate records without which the facility could not deliver a high standard of patient care.
 Lanier's entree into comprehensive medical transcription services enhances its total solutions approach to healthcare information management:
 -- The new VoiceWriter OS digital dictation system, powered by
 Intel's latest processors, features a Microsoft Windows user
 interface.
 -- MedWord, an application designed specifically for medical
 transcription, supports remote transcription and communicates
 with a hospital's central databases.
 -- MEDREC II, a records tracking solution, constantly monitors
 incomplete and delinquent records, while improving the accuracy
 of chart locations.
 -- IMS ONLINE, an optical-disk based information storage and
 retrieval system, enables healthcare providers to quickly and
 conveniently archive medical records.
 -0- 10/12/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Burke, director of media relation for Harris Corporation, 407-727-9126/
 (HRS)


CO: Lanier Worldwide, Inc.; Harris Corporation; ML&M, Inc. ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: TNM

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