March 01, 2004

Healthnotes Software

Healthnotes Releases Version 7.8 of Acclaimed Touchscreen Kiosk Applications

PORTLAND, Ore., Mar 1, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Healthnotes Inc. (HNI) today announced the release of Version 7.8 of Healthnotes(R) touchscreen kiosk applications for supermarkets, pharmacies, and health food stores. The five department-specific applications were designed to help retailers offer shoppers quick, reliable health and lifestyle information at the point of decision, including recipes.

Version 7.8 includes new and updated content, and an enhanced Category Management Report. In addition, all three Foodnotes(R) applications -- Foodnotes Grocery, Foodnotes Meat & Seafood, and Foodnotes Fresh Produce -- feature new, simplified main screen designs complete with onscreen user instructions.

"As consumers become more and more interested in healthy living, they need reliable information available to them in-store to help them make confident purchase decisions," stated Schuyler Lininger, HNI president and CEO. "Healthnotes Version 7.8 is the most comprehensive collection of health and lifestyle information available for shoppers in every department -- pharmacy, whole health, general grocery, meat and seafood, and produce."

Information retailers and their shoppers can rely upon

As part of HNI's commitment to providing credible, up-to-date information, all health articles were reviewed and updated based on the latest scientific research. HNI's editorial team, lead by Dr. Alan Gaby, MD, conducts continuous research in more than 550 medical journals to keep the information current, factual, and balanced.

For Version 7.8, two new articles were added to the Vitamin Guide, Coconut Oil and Amylase Inhibitors (starch blockers), and 73 new patient education monographs (covering OTC and prescription medications) were added to the Healthnotes Pharmacy application.

Beginning in 2004, HNI will release updated versions of the kiosk software products via CD in the first and third quarter of each year. The bi-annual update process ensures that the resource is relevant and timely, so that retailers and their customers can confidently depend on the information. For customers with networked kiosks, HNI also has the ability to offer quarterly updates.

Category Management Report provides instant, actionable customer

The Healthnotes Category Management Report (CMR), part of the Administration section of the kiosk software, tracks customer use and creates a report outlining the most popular topic areas and products queried. Retailers can use the CMR to better understand their shoppers' needs, allowing them to more effectively merchandise products and run targeted promotions.

New to Version 7.8, the CMR is now viewable onscreen, allowing retailers to immediately review and analyze the data. The CMR can also be printed directly from the kiosk.

Pricing and Availability

Version 7.8 will start shipping to customers mid-March 2004. A preview of Version 7.8 will be available in booth #2812 at Natural Products Expo West, March 5-7, 2004 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Pricing varies depending on the quantity of software subscriptions purchased. Kiosk hardware, including the new EasyAnswers Touchscreen, is also available through HNI at an additional charge. Healthnotes applications are also available for the Web.

About Healthnotes Inc.

Healthnotes Inc. (HNI) is the premier provider of credible, easy-to-use health and lifestyle information for Web and touchscreen kiosk initiatives. More than 6,500 supermarkets, pharmacies, and natural product stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom use Healthnotes(R) Retail Solutions to provide consumers with practical, comprehensive information at the point of decision -- online and in-store. Healthnotes also generates behind-the-counter applications that are licensed to e-commerce and health-related Internet sites worldwide. On the Web:

Note to editors: HEALTHNOTES and FOODNOTES are registered trademarks of Healthnotes, Inc.

SOURCE: Healthnotes, Inc.

Posted by Craig at March 1, 2004 08:15 PM