Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital Partners with Beansprout Networks to Enhance Patient Services

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CLEVELAND, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 20, 2000–Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (Rainbow), a nationally renowned pediatric academic medical center, and Beansprout Networks® (Beansprout), the first online hub solely focused on enabling pediatricians and child care professionals to enhance interactions with the families they serve, today announced a partnership designed to enhance patient services.

Under the terms of the partnership, Beansprout will provide pediatricians affiliated with Rainbow with free website hosting, as well as easy-to-use tools and user support to enable their physicians to develop individualized websites to educate, communicate with, and provide round-the-clock support to the families they serve. Beansprout will also provide pediatricians with a personal computer with purchase of Internet access program and will provide families with free unlimited Internet access services so that they can instantly connect with their own pediatrician.

The partnership also provides for the appointment of Dr. Brian Berman, Vice Chair for Community Physician Affairs and Head of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Rainbow, to Beansprout's Medical Advisory Board. The Advisory Board guides the creation of all health information available for posting on individual providers' websites. Members of the Advisory Board help develop health educational content, offer counsel on the creation of new services for pediatricians and families, and serve as a sounding board for issues facing practicing pediatricians.

"Beansprout Networks is a leader in providing quality, customized website services to those who care for children and families, which complements Rainbow's commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our patients," says Dr. Brian Berman. "This partnership will provide our affiliated pediatric practices with all the cutting-edge tools needed to enhance patient-physician communication as well as new on-line CME educational opportunities."

Peter Rappo, Beansprout Pediatrics Network Vice President, noted, "We are excited about our partnership with Rainbow because their strong commitment to children's healthcare mirrors our own. Beansprout will serve to improve the communication and information exchange between Rainbow-affiliated pediatricians and their patients."

About Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, a 244-bed hospital, is the children's hospital of University Hospitals of Cleveland and an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. Rainbow is a nationally renowned pediatric medical center dedicated to excellence in family-centered care. In 1999 and again in 2000, Rainbow was ranked among the top ten children's hospitals in the "American's Best Hospital's" issue of U.S. News and World Report. Rainbow serves as a principal pediatric referral center for Ohio and bordering states. Rainbow physicians and scientists receive over $26 million dollars yearly in research funding to support cutting edge investigation into the causes and most effective treatment of pediatric diseases. In addition, Rainbow's nationally acclaimed residency training and fellowship programs train over 100 pediatricians yearly. Rainbow has over 800 pediatric specialists representing 30 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

About Beansprout Networks®

Beansprout Networks is the first online hub solely focused on enabling pediatricians and child care professionals to enhance interactions with the families they serve and the vendors that serve them. Beansprout brings the benefits of today's technology to those who care for children by providing free customizable websites to pediatricians, licensed child care providers and child care resource and referral agencies. Beansprout is staffed by professionals from the pediatric and child care fields, enabling the company to supply relevant and credible resources to families and providers. The Beansprout Marketplace(SM) provides for the exchange of information, goods and services for pediatricians and child care providers with vendors.

Beansprout's professional websites are completely free of banner advertising. Beansprout Networks is a privately-held company located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.beansprout.net .

Beansprout Contact:

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