Healthnotes Launches Compact Version of Consumer Health Kiosk; Previews "Counter Top'' EasyAnswers Touchscreen at NACDS Marketplace

The new Counter Top kiosk was specifically designed for use on a reference desk, product shelf, or pharmacy counter, providing greater flexibility for placement within a store

PORTLAND, Ore., Jun 21, 2004 -- To help retail pharmacies and supermarkets offer an interactive health and wellness resource in-store at a reference desk or department counter, Healthnotes Inc. (HNI) announced today the launch of the new EasyAnswers Touchscreen Counter Top kiosk.

A preview of the new, compact touchscreen kiosk will take place at NACDS Marketplace, June 21-24, 2004 in San Diego. The final prototype will be available at the HNI booth (#653) on the main show floor.

"As more and more consumers strive to live healthier lives, pharmacies and supermarkets are looking for comprehensive, easy-to-implement programs they can use to educate their customers on complex health and wellness issues," stated Schuyler Lininger, HNI president and CEO. "Healthnotes is proud to offer an expanding family of kiosk hardware options, allowing retailers to locate interactive health resources anywhere in the store where shoppers need them--from an end-cap display or product shelf, to a reference desk area or pharmacy counter."

The Counter Top unit is a smaller version of the standard EasyAnswers Touchscreen Pedestal kiosk introduced in January 2004. Designed for placement in drug stores, pharmacies, or healthy living departments, the Counter Top kiosk features health-related graphics and built-in user instructions on a steel enclosure, and is configured to run Healthnotes Healthy Living or Healthnotes Pharmacy software.

Healthnotes Healthy Living and Healthnotes Pharmacy provide consumer-friendly, science-based information on health concerns, supplements, foods, nutrition, special diets, and weight control, as well as hundreds of recipes. Healthnotes Pharmacy also features more than 2,000 patient education monographs (PEMs) covering over 10,000 OTC and prescription medications. The articles, PEMs, and recipes can be printed directly from the kiosk free of charge.

Pricing and availability

The family of EasyAnswers Touchscreen kiosks, including the new Counter Top unit, is available for purchase or lease through HNI. The kiosks are "plug-and-play" units that are easy for retailers to install and maintain. Custom colors and branding options are available. The six Healthnotes and Foodnotes(R) kiosk applications require an annual software subscription. Pricing for both hardware and software varies depending on quantity purchased.

About Healthnotes Inc.

Healthnotes Inc. (HNI) is the leading provider of credible, easy-to-use health, food, and lifestyle information for in-store touchscreen kiosk and Web site 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 healthy living information at the point of decision--online and in-store. HNI also generates Web applications that are licensed to e-commerce and health-related Internet sites worldwide. On the Web:

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