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April 07, 2009 06:00 ET

Nortel Provides Technology for Hospital of Tomorrow-Today

Unified Communications, Applications and Services Offer New Approach to Healthcare

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - Nortel (TSX:NT)(OTCBB:NRTLQ)

Editors Note: A video is included with this press release.

It's a dilemma faced by every hospital in the world today; how to match patient admissions and discharges to available beds in as timely a manner as possible. The process often requires hours of staff time, coordination of multiple departments and rarely seems to run smoothly. And every step of the process costs hospitals money and time and generally leaves patients wondering why everything is taking so long.

Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(OTCBB:NRTLQ) is helping healthcare organizations around the world transform themselves to address these and other concerns with solutions built on Nortel Unified Communications technology and network support services.

For instance, when the folks at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center(2), part of Orlando Regional Healthcare, came to Nortel with an idea for a new patient discharge solution, Nortel was able to help reduce discharge times by up to four hours using interactive voice response (IVR) technology. Take a look at just how this solution has helped improve the process at M.D. Anderson - Orlando.

In another example, Nortel developed a complete unified communications solution for Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas when it identified the need to send medical orders wirelessly. Backed by a suite of Nortel design, deployment and maintenance services, this solution has improved clinical staff utilization in the hospital's radiology department and in many cases has reduced patient wait times up to 50 percent.

HOW NORTEL TRANSFORMS TODAY'S HOSPITALS INTO THE HYPERCONNECTED HOSPITAL OF TOMORROW

Nortel's innovations are laying the foundation for the era where anything that can be connected will be connected, to drive improvements in patient care:

- Nortel's Patient Discharge Solution improves the patient discharge process

- Nortel's Asset Tracking and Management helps control costs and enhance safety and productivity

- Nortel's Collaborative Clinical Solution allows secure sharing of patient data using multimedia

- Nortel's Clinical Alarms and Alerts provide nurse call and emergency notifications wirelessly

- Nortel's IP Mobility Fast Start Solution allows small and medium-sized healthcare staffs to enjoy many of the same benefits provided to Nortel's larger healthcare customers

- Nortel's Secure Portable Office makes secure workforce mobility a reality

NORTEL UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS AND SERVICES AID HEALTHCARE

- Jan Yperman Enhances Care with Clinical-Grade Healthcare Solution from Nortel

- Sharjah Teaching Hospital Enhances Care with Nortel Unified Communications

- King Fahad Medical City Enhances Patient Care with Nortel Unified Communications

- Carolinas HealthCare System Gets 'Personal' with Virtual Contact Center from Nortel

CASE STUDIES

- Santa Cabrini Hospital attracts top healthcare professionals with the latest technology

- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - Orlando came to Nortel for help designing a patient discharge solution

VIDEOS

- Baylor University Medical Center aims to improve patient care with unified communications

- M.D. Anderson Cancer Center improves the patient discharge system

- Watch scenarios that showcase how Nortel provides doctors and nurses with the freedom of mobility

PODCASTS

- Scott Checkoway, North East Georgia Health Systems, discusses how mobility and communications can transform healthcare and support growth

- Diane Doran, University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing, discusses mobility trends and how they are facilitating improved patient care

For more on Nortel Healthcare Solutions, visit the Nortel Healthcare Solutions page.

UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS OVERALL BENEFITS

- By deploying a unified communications solution, Nortel estimates organizations can realize up to 18 percent gains in productivity

- Third party studies have shown that Nortel data networking products provide up to 20 times the performance and seven times the resiliency of competitive solutions while consuming up to 40 percent less energy and costing up to 50 percent less to own and operate.(3)

QUOTES

Joel Hackney, president, Enterprise Solutions, Nortel

"These unified communications solutions offer just as much to hospital staff as operating rooms and surgical instruments. They allow healthcare teams to make quick, accurate diagnoses by giving all appropriate staff access to the same data in a real-time, secure environment. This more efficient approach helps the healthcare staff and the patient by reducing the amount of time most patients actually spend in the hospital."

Sanjeev Gupta, general manager, Healthcare Solutions, Nortel

"Comprehensive unified communications solutions from Nortel allow physicians to focus on patients, not networks. Our industry-specific applications, services and support help healthcare professionals to do their jobs in an efficient, cost-effective and secure environment. In turn, this makes hospitals more efficient and helps them manage the cost of healthcare."

Net Payne, vice president, Global Service and Solutions Marketing, Nortel

"Improving the quality and speed of patient care is top of mind for all healthcare professionals. Nortel's Unified Communications solutions provide a foundation for hospitals to provide staff with up-to-date patient information. The ability to share digital files securely helps ensure regulatory compliance, but just as importantly, it makes it easier for healthcare professionals to do their jobs."

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.

Certain statements in this press release may contain words such as "could", "expects", "may", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "targets", "envisions", "seeks" and other similar language and are considered forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities legislation. These statements are based on Nortel's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating environment, economies and markets in which Nortel operates. These statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict and the actual outcome may be materially different from those contemplated in forward-looking statements. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see Nortel's Annual Report on Form10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other securities filings with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

(1)Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.

(2)This is a 3rd party link as described in our Web linking practices.

(3)The Tolly Group Report Number 208298, July 2008, reported the results of a power consumption evaluation of six Nortel converged data network products consisting of large and medium core and wiring closet Ethernet Routing Switches (ERS), enterprise branch office routers, and IP phones compared to similar Cisco products on the basis of power consumption and heat dissipation, and five-year operational cost. See also the Tolly Group Report Number 208275, January 2008, and Info-Tech Research Group Report (January 30, 2008). "Cisco Energy Tax" refers to up to 40 percent energy consumption savings when using these Nortel products instead of comparable Cisco products. Cisco is a registered trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries.

To view the video associated with this release, please visit the following link: www31.nortel.com/popup.cgi?id=6671

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