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Iomart Group plc Make Health Breakthrough

iomart Press Release - 2000-03-18

Iomart Group plc Make Health Breakthrough

Iomart Group plc Make Health Breakthrough

Integrated telecommunications and internet services company, Iomart Group plc have broken into the health service market by winning a contract to open up online communication for GPs, local health committees, pharmacies and dentists.

Newly listed on the AIM stock market, iomart group plc?s network is powering a unique internet access and web building service dedicated to the demands of the UK?s health service professionals.

Healthcentral - the specialist portal of Primary Care Technologies promises a simple and hassle-free route for the UK?s health care organisations to fully exploit the medium of the world Wide Web.

Driven by Iomart group plc?s world-class Internet infrastructure, Healthcentral offers web based conference calls, screen sharing for education and training, electronic patient participation groups, as well as health advice and tools to keep patients healthy and informed about the practice to improve patient access.

With more than 60 professionally designed web site templates to choose from even organisations with no technical expertise can have a web presence underway in less than twenty minutes. After the straightforward sign up process, clients can personalise their chosen web site templates to meet their own special needs. It is simplicity itself to then keep the site up to date and relevant.

Bill Dobbie, iomart group plc?s Business Development Director said: "We are delighted to be supporting this new and exciting venture. Thanks to our solid and reliable infrastructure, Healthcentral users will be able to enjoy the fastest access and download speeds around."

Said Healthcentral founder, Dr Simon Bradley: "Primary care has been left behind with the rush for the Internet with fewer than five per cent of General Practices having websites. This compares badly with the 50 per cent of businesses with websites; and pharmacies and dentists have done little better. Yet here is an opportunity to provide our patients seven days a week 365 days a year with local information that is directly relevant to their everyday lives. A Healthcentral website can be updated in an instant and provide as much information as the practice likes on any issue. What a tool!"

Commented Dr Bradley: "Our Healthcentral websites put the practice in control of providing information to patients in a way that has never been available before, and at a price every practice in the country could afford. It can save time and money and improve the care we can offer. I believe we are entering a new era for health communication in the UK and that primary care will be in the lead."

Issued by Iomart Group plc, 80 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7DS