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IBM Prescribes ThinkPad Notebooks and ThinkCentre Desktops at ParadigmHealth

   

CONCORD, CA — Mar 17, 2005 — IBM today announced that ParadigmHealth, a leading provider of disease management services for intensive and clinically complex patients, has deployed more than 200 ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops. The company plans to continue to work with IBM and the new Lenovo to further expand its deployment of ThinkVantage Technologies.

ParadigmHealth is focused on the identification, risk stratification, triage and management of the highest cost and most clinically complex medical events. With an emphasis on continuing to protect patient privacy, ParadigmHealth streamlined its IT infrastructure using ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops. In making its deployment decision, ParadigmHealth looked beyond its previous commodity PC vendor to find a provider that could offer a more complete technology solution.

"IBM's commitment to ParadigmHealth allows our company to concentrate less on the desktops and notebooks of our infrastructure, and instead, focus on further improving our innovative technologies and on-site care management capabilities," said Russell Wong, Senior Director of IT for ParadigmHealth. "As a small to medium-size business with an enterprise mentality, we strived to standardize our IT department with a consistent solution so that we could commit our resources to improving our core business functions."

In 2002, ParadigmHealth began a pilot deployment of IBM ThinkPad notebooks. Since that time, the durability, functionality and advanced technology of the ThinkPad notebooks have proven themselves, generating loyalty and trust throughout the organization. ParadigmHealth has deployed ThinkCentre S50 desktops and several models of ThinkPad T Series notebooks, and has plans to migrate to the recently announced ThinkPad T43.

All ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops used by ParadigmHealth are standardized global workhorse models that include IBM's Embedded Security Subsystem, a hardware- and software-based technology solution that can protect company information, including vital security information such as passwords, encryption keys and electronic credentials. ParadigmHealth plans to deploy ESS and other ThinkVantage Technologies in the future and will work with IBM and Lenovo for continued PC innovations.

About ParadigmHealth ParadigmHealth is a leading provider of disease management services for intensive and clinically complex patients. The company improves the lives of patients and their families by utilizing their Systematic Care Management(SM) process to lower the medical costs associated with catastrophic, intensive and complex care. ParadigmHealth's integrative and collaborative care management approach relies on four core principles: on-site patient advocates, expert physician relationships, individualized care plans and proprietary decision and support tools. For more information, visit www.paradigmhealth.com .

About IBM ThinkVantage Technologies IBM ThinkVantage Technologies are available on IBM ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, which will soon be a part of the Lenovo Group. ThinkVantage Technologies enable customers to quickly deploy, connect, protect and support their PCs. These tools help make IBM personal computing systems less dependent on IT staff for basic tasks such deployment, backup, maintenance and security, freeing up PC users and information technology staff members to focus on their own work — not on PC maintenance. According to industry analysts, costs associated with deployment, support and disposal account for approximately 80 percent of the entire PC lifecycle cost. More information is available at www.ibm.com/thinkvantage .