IBM Enters Business Alliance With Internet HealthCare Group

IHCG Partner Companies to Benefit from Access to IBM Technology Products and Services

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- 22 Jan 2001: Internet HealthCare Group (IHCG), a leading operating and development
company, has entered a business alliance with IBM, providing IHCG's partner
companies access to technology products and services that can strengthen
their businesses.

IHCG provides funding, operational guidance and professional support services
to business-to-business e-health, e-insurance and e-employee benefits
companies that develop innovative Internet-based information and
infrastructure technologies.

"We are pleased to affiliate ourselves with a world-class organization such
as IBM," said IHCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steven Shulman. "IHCG
helps companies speed growth and maximize performance, while creating
investor value and wealth.

IBM's expertise and leadership in technology leverages the technology support
we bring to our partner companies and their customers."

"IBM's commitment to helping improve the quality of healthcare delivery
through the use of information technology is one of the reasons we are
working with IHCG and its companies. Young companies will need to have an
excellent technology base in the current healthcare environment to help them
work effectively and in compliance with new privacy and security requirements
mandated by the U.S. government," said Russell J. Ricci, M.D., general
manager IBM Global Healthcare.

Active management involvement, a significant ownership position and an
ability to leverage the collective strengths of its network, are among the
advantages provided by IHCG. The company is committed to e-health and its
potential to transform the $1.2 trillion healthcare system.

The arrangement provides IHCG partner companies attractive discounts on IBM
hardware and software, as well as access to a special IBM support team. For
example, IHCG partners have discounts on IBM's Netfinity Servers, ThinkPads,
UNIX Servers and other IBM products and services.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate and is focused on delivering
customized, flexible and scalable Internet solutions for companies of all
sizes. Drawing on resources from across IBM and 90,000 IBM Business Partners,
IBM's Global Net Generation Business helps Internet Service Providers, Web
hosting companies, portals and born-on-the-Web companies establish their
businesses and become profitable in Internet time. For more information on
how IBM is helping Net Generation companies, visit

About Internet HealthCare Group

Headquartered in Avon. Ct., Internet HealthCare Group is a leading operating
and development company distinguished by its specialization in the e-health
industry and deep management expertise. IHCG identifies, acquires and builds
profitable e-health, e-insurance and e-employee benefits companies, enhancing
their performance through a value-added network. Benefits include access to
resources and relationships developed through years of healthcare leadership
experience. Unlike a traditional venture fund or incubator, IHCG operates
with a distinctive business model that offers a collaborative partnership and
longer-term investment strategy. IHCG provides capital resources,
unparalleled domain expertise and broad-based strategic and operational
support to create competitive advantages for its partner companies. For
further information, visit

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