CompuGROUP Holding AG

CompuGROUP Enters US Market

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Koblenz (euro adhoc) - Koblenz, Germany - February 18, 2009: Today, CompuGROUP Holding AG  has  entered an agreement with Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc. for the purchase of 51.6%  of the shares in the Ohio-based company. Noteworthy  is  a  provider  of  connected healthcare technology solutions  for  the  primary  care  sector  and offers  a complete suite of  applications,  from  web-based  practice management  to  EHR software and tools for turn-key health information exchange (HIE).

"This is an important step for us, as it is our first point of  entry into  the US market. It is also another step on the path to becoming number  one  in  the worldwide healthcare IT market. We have a proven growth strategy that  has  been the platform for achieving our goals in Europe and other parts of the world.  We intend to continue to build upon  our  vision  to  bring  together  all  parties involved in healthcare and strengthen the quality  of  patient  care,"   explains Frank Gotthardt, Chairman of the Board of CompuGROUP Holding AG.

"CompuGROUP's investment in Noteworthy will allow it to  continue  to grow  its market share and build on its unique ability to provide connectivity  to  health systems throughout the U.S. It is a natural and very significant, exciting  next step in our strategic plan and vision of our future in  healthcare  technology," says Lawrence Dolin, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Noteworthy.

Noteworthy has added nearly 500 new providers and  1,800  users  to   a  customer base covering 43 states in 2008. Sales in 2008 were 68%   higher  than  those  in 2007, with  strong  quarterly  sales  in   2008.  "Given  the  President  Obama's priority on funding healthcare IT  initiatives,  Noteworthy  is  well-positioned with key solutions to serve hospitals, health systems and  individual  practices in their pursuit of quality patient  care  through  connectivity,   collaboration and data exchange," says Paul Ruflin, President and COO of Noteworthy.

The negotiated deal also includes a purchase option in 2011  for  the remaining shares at pre-determined conditions. The transaction  was   completed  subsequent to a satisfactory due diligence. The shares of Noteworthy Medical Systems,  Inc. will be  held  by  CompuGROUP   Holding  USA,  Inc.,  a  wholly-owned  entity  of CompuGROUP Holding AG.

WestEnd Alliance Group, a consortium of transatlantic M&A  advisory   firms,  has been a financial advisor for the transaction.

About CompuGROUP Holding AG CompuGROUP is one of the  leading   eHealth  companies  worldwide.  Its  software products, designed to support  all  medical  and  organizational  activities  in doctors' offices  and  hospitals,  its  information  services  for  all   parties involved in the healthcare system and  its  web-based   personal  health  records contribute  towards  safer  and  more   efficient  healthcare.  The  services  of CompuGROUP are based on its unique customer  base  of  around  320,000  doctors, dentists, hospitals and networks as well as other service providers.   CompuGROUP is  the  eHealth  company  with  the  biggest  coverage   among  eHealth  service providers worldwide. The company operates in 14  European  countries,  Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and in South Africa and currently employs around 2,500 people.

About Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc. Noteworthy Medical Systems, Inc., is a privately held company  founded  in  1996 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio,  that  provides  a  comprehensive   set  of tools to effectively manage and  facilitate  care  in  the   ambulatory  setting. Noteworthy's focus is to provide sophisticated applications for primary care  as well  as  the  technology  to   connect  physicians,  hospitals  and    healthcare communities for improved care and communication. Noteworthy  serves  a  customer base of more than 1,300 practices, 6,000 healthcare providers and  13,000 users across 43 states.

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