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Sprint, palmOne Join Forces to Provide Mobile Healthcare Solutions


ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint and palmOne, Inc. announced today an agreement to develop end-to- end mobile enterprise solutions targeted at healthcare organizations. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will leverage the secure

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint and palmOne, Inc. announced today an agreement to develop end-to- end mobile enterprise solutions targeted at healthcare organizations. Under terms of the agreement, the companies will leverage the secure and high-speed data capabilities of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the PCS Vision(SM) Smart Device Treo(TM) 600 by palmOne and a portfolio of third-party applications to market solutions to mobilize healthcare processes, allowing healthcare providers to improve patient care, increase efficiencies and manage costs.

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"The healthcare industry is a key focus for Sprint and beneficiary of an integrated portfolio of wireless and wireline solutions designed to help healthcare providers deliver high-quality patient care while streamlining processes and controlling costs," said Jennifer Johnson, director of healthcare marketing, Sprint Business Solutions. "Sprint is pleased to team with palmOne to deliver flexible and dependable mobile solutions that will help healthcare providers achieve that objective."

Initially Sprint and palmOne will provide healthcare organizations with joint offers focused on mobilizing patient records and providing access to critical patient information. Using these mobile solutions, caregivers will be able to access, track and record patient information at the point of care. In addition, the solutions can streamline business processes by allowing the caregiver to easily submit patient data to the required health information and administrative systems, reducing the potential for medical or billing errors.

"We're excited to work with Sprint to bring powerful mobile solutions to the healthcare industry. The relationship helps palmOne further demonstrate its commitment to improving healthcare by providing caregivers with innovative, cutting-edge technologies," said Mike Lorion, vice president of vertical markets for palmOne, Inc. "palmOne delivers the tools that ultimately help improve patient care and patient safety."

The award-winning Treo 600 smartphone combines a full-color screen, Palm OS(R) 5.2.1 operating system, a backlit QWERTY keyboard with dome-shaped keys, a 144MHz ARM 9 processor, a VGA quality camera and a PCS Phone into a candy bar form factor. Operating on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the Treo 600 smartphone enables wireless applications including email, messaging and Web browsing at speeds averaging 50 to 70 Kbps with PCS Vision plans.

Sprint is dedicated to providing integrated communication solutions that help healthcare providers balance patient care, manage costs and comply with mandated regulations. Sprint has been offering voice and data services for more than 30 years and has a full data services portfolio including business continuity, transport (IP, FR, ATM, wireless) and managed network services. In addition, Sprint has built a strong portfolio of security products and services that healthcare organizations can leverage to address HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security requirements. Sprint is also leveraging its portfolio of wireless and wireline assets to provide integrated, managed mobility solutions designed for the healthcare market. Sprint can also provide solutions for the healthcare market including digital imaging and telemedicine capabilities.

Sprint is showcasing new and emerging solutions for the healthcare industry in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22 - 26 at HIMSS 2004 Annual Conference and Exhibition, booth number 5433. Solutions to be demonstrated include healthcare mobility, imaging and telemedicine and emerging technologies.

Sprint has been recognized for its leadership in vertical markets overall with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Telecom Services Vertical Company of the Year Award and the 2002 Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Leadership Award for Customized Healthcare Solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.sprintbiz.com/solutions/healthcare .

About Sprint

Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 67,000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all- digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39 states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/ .

About palmOne, Inc.

palmOne, Inc. delivers what matters most to customers -- whether a single consumer or company of thousands -- enabling users to improve their personal lives and professional productivity through mobile devices and solutions.

palmOne is the name adopted in October 2003 by Palm, Inc., when it spun off PalmSource, Inc., maker of the Palm OS(R) platform software, and acquired Handspring, Inc. Uniting the Zire(TM), Tungsten(TM) and Treo(TM) subbrands, the creation of palmOne launched a new, stronger market leader in handheld computer and communications hardware and software solutions.

More information about palmOne, Inc. is available at http://www.palmone.com/ .

For more information on palmOne in healthcare, visit http://www.palmone.com/healthcare .

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CONTACT: Media, Amy Schiska of Sprint, +1-913-794-2947,
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