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SmartTalk Announces Agreement with Epic; Business Partner Agreement Provides Patient Communication Solution.

BOULDER, Colo.--(BW HealthWire)--July 6, 1999--

SmartTalk(R) Inc., of Boulder, and Epic(R) Systems Corp., of Madison, Wis., Tuesday announced the signing of a business partner agreement.

Epic, developers of integrated systems for ambulatory care, and SmartTalk, developers of patient communications tools and services, will team up to provide Epic customers with integrated patient communication solutions.

Initially, an interface will be developed between Cadence, Epic's enterprise-wide scheduling system, and SmartTalk's multi-threaded, multi-tasking communication engine.

Epic customers will then be able to add automated appointment reminders and confirmation, schedule change notification, wellness and recall message delivery, around-the-clock test result delivery, satisfaction surveys and other SmartTalk applications to their list of services.

Plans are in the works to expand the SmartTalk integration to include Epic's other applications: computerized patient records, managed care, and patient accounting.

Steve Larsen, director of research and development at Epic said, "The integration between Cadence and SmartTalk provides instant benefits for schedulers. They can take advantage of SmartTalk's automated features without switching to another application or changing their workflow. It essentially eliminates the need to manually confirm appointments."

Bill O'Connell, SmartTalk vice president of sales said, "Recent studies show that, in the past two years, 50 million U.S. households selected or changed their physician. Dissatisfaction with the quality of communication was cited as one of the top two reasons for changing doctors, and 52 percent of patients say that satisfaction with their physician depends upon communication.

"SmartTalk has innovative applications and solutions that will improve communication and increase patient retention for Epic customers. We look forward to meeting many of those customers at the Epic User Conference in September."

SmartTalk Inc., is a leading provider of patient communication solutions. Prestigious healthcare organizations across the United States have used SmartTalk technology since 1992. The recently released SmartTalk icx includes a full spectrum of NT-based, Y2K-compliant applications.

Simultaneous delivery or retrieval of multiple message types can occur in a single contact via a variety of media, including the Internet. Examples include personalized appointment reminding and confirmation, wellness and recall messages, around-the-clock test result delivery, patient satisfaction surveys, diabetes monitoring and account balance inquiry.

SmartTalk has offices in Colorado, Utah, California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maryland. For more information on SmartTalk, call 888/415-9001, or visit our Web page at www.smarttalk.com.

Based in Madison, Wis., Epic is one of the country's largest privately-owned suppliers of information technology solutions to the healthcare industry, providing clinical and administrative systems to health care enterprises and medical groups.

The company's EpicCare product is the most widely sold, widely used, and fully functional EMR system available. Epic sells a growing suite of inpatient, enterprise, and web applications for improving the effectiveness of healthcare operations and integrating physician practices with each other and with their healthcare enterprises.

Editor's note: This release is also available on the Internet over the World Wide Web beginning July 5, 1999, at: http://www.smarttalk.com
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