News Release

SMS and Cisco Team Up to Provide Advanced Access Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

SMS' Remote Access Connections Facilitates Remote Access Capabilities for Integrated Health Networks
Nov 05, 1997

MALVERN, Pa. - November 5, 1997 - Shared Medical Systems (SMS), the world's leading provider ofhealthcare information systems and services, and Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader innetworking for the Internet, today announced they are providing new, advanced, end-to-endnetworking capabilities to the health industry.

This new telecommunication solution, SMS' Remote Access Connections (RAC), enables healthcareorganizations to provide authorized users with remote access to critical health information.Remote Access Connections extends existing information networks, allowing users to remotelyaccess information using multiple methods, including private dial-up, ISDN, Frame Relay,Internet or leased lines. RAC is secure, easily implemented and scalable to expand withchanging network requirements.

"We understand that our customers increasingly need to provide reliable, fast andcost-effective remote connections to their health systems," said David Perri, SMS Senior VicePresident of Technology Solutions. "It is essential that health professionals havereadily-available access to critical information anywhere, anytime. By collaborating withCisco Systems to provide SMS Remote Access Connections, we are able to deliver a technicallyadvanced, economical, and flexible access solution."

"The goal of our collaboration with SMS is to provide health organizations withhigh-performance networking solutions, such as the Remote Access Connections," said RebeccaWhitehead-Munn, worldwide healthcare industry manager with Cisco Systems. "Remote AccessConnections ensures access to critical health information, without compromising security. It isjust one result of our alliance with SMS. Our companies are continuing to work together toimprove network interoperability, performance, integration and setting new industry standardsfor network performance."

Since 1996, SMS and Cisco have worked together to deliver state-of-the-art telecommunications,networking and integration solutions to SMS customers. SMS has expanded its partnership withCisco and is now a Cisco Systems Silver Certified Partner. Cisco also designated SMS as its1996 Healthcare Market Maker of the Year in recognition of SMS' use of Cisco's networkingsolutions.

About Shared Medical Systems

SMS (NYSE: SMS) is the leading provider of health information solutions worldwide. The company,based in Malvern, Pennsylvania, provides a full range of information systems and services toover 2,700 customers worldwide. SMS had revenues of $779,075,000 for 1996. Information aboutSMS products and services can be located on the World Wide Web at

Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is theworldwide leader in networking for the Internet. at

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