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RAYTHEON, DEBAKEY, ITS VENTURE LINKS DOCTORS AND PATIENTS INTERACTIVELY OVER LONG DISTANCES; TELEMEDICINE SYSTEM IMPROVES ACCESS AND QUALITY

 LEXINGTON, Mass., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company, (NYSE: RTN) along with partners Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and Interactive Telemedical Systems, today introduced an interactive video system called MEDTEL that can deliver state-of-the-art medical care to any point in the world using a variety of communications media -- from telephone lines to microwave, cable, and satellite links.
 MEDTEL enables a medical expert to examine, diagnose, and consult with a client a hundred miles away or thousands of miles across the globe as if doctor and patient were in the same room together.
 According to world-renowned surgeon, educator, and researcher Michael E. DeBakey, "MEDTEL brings the world a new era in the delivery of quality medical care. The benefits will be immediate and cost effective."
 DeBakey said, "Our capabilities will raise standards of health care worldwide because we will be extending electronically the superior technology and experience of U.S. centers of excellence to even the most remote regions for treatment and training. Whether we down link to physician-deficit rural areas of the U.S. or hospitals and clinics in developing countries abroad, we will be on line with faster and improved diagnosis and direction.
 "Considerable cost savings will result from greater diagnostic accuracy, speed of response, reduced travel to distant medical facilities, and regular prevention screening programs," DeBakey added.
 DeBakey and his colleagues are providing the MEDTEL venture with exclusive access to the internationally respected Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston. TMC is the world's largest medical center and encompasses five universities and 14 major hospitals treating more that 3.6 million patients annually. DeBakey said, "MEDTEL facilities will provide a training system for doctors, technicians, and students worldwide using programs developed at the teaching institutions of The Texas Medical Center and other prominent academic hospital centers in the U.S."
 Raytheon will perform systems design, project management, and installation services for MEDTEL. Raytheon will also provide training and maintenance services for the MEDTEL network and client organizations.
 According to Patrick M. Roddy, president of Raytheon Service Company, "The MEDTEL venture shows how Raytheon is applying its proven resources to diversify and expand into new commercial markets with immense domestic and international potential."
 Roddy further explained, "For many years we have been setting up and operating sophisticated telecommunications networks for military and other government customers, particularly in remote areas. Raytheon's experience in electronics hardware and software is unsurpassed. The MEDTEL network involves many similar capabilities and requirements, only the data are different," he said.
 Roddy reported that there are active MEDTEL sales prospects in the U.S., the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Mexico,and China. He said, "We are progressing from initial presentations into project proposals. Our representatives are defining requirements as customer facilities are being designed and constructed. We expect to develop contracts for significant MEDTEL installations and services during 1994."
 Interactive Telemedical Systems (ITS) provides MEDTEL with operational experience in telemedicine applications on a commercial basis. Its founder, Dr. Jay H. Sanders, began experimenting with telemedicine techniques 25 years ago at the Massachusetts General Hospital. A telemedicine facility designed by Sanders now enables specialists at the Medical College of Georgia to examine and advise patients on a daily schedule at remote health care stations in rural Georgia locations.
 According to Sanders, "MEDTEL will seem like a virtual reality environment, but the patient's needs and the physician's instruments will be real to produce actual examination and treatment capabilities. From an electronic stethoscope to listen to a patient's heart and lung sounds, to looking into eyes and ears, to analyzing radiology pictures and pathology smears, the physician can do everything virtually as if the patient were in the same room. It's all done interactively on a computer and telecommunications link that can also be extended simultaneously to different locations and specialists."
 Sanders said, "MEDTEL will have as many applications as there are needs for physicians and medical technicians. Some familiar examples would be pre-natal sounding, newborn examinations, and preventive checkups for the elderly in remote rural locations; emergency trauma diagnosis and treatment advice in accident and natural disaster situations; pre-screening of candidates from developing areas for costly travel to distant medical centers for treatment; and maybe even responding to a possible medical emergency aboard an orbiting space station."
 Raytheon, headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is a $9 billion diversified, technology-based company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
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 /CONTACT: Ed Powers of Raytheon, 617-860-2415/
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