New Products - December

December 31, 2002

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American Medical Alert Corp and Health Hero Network Announce Launch Of Pers Buddy

American Medical Alert Corp. (NASDAQ: AMAC), a national provider of Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) and 24 hour monitoring services, and Health Hero Network, Inc., the developer of award-winning technology solutions for health monitoring, have announced the release of PERS BuddyTM. This new, interactive monitoring system combines AMAC's personal emergency response technology with Health Hero Network's Health Buddy® appliance, utilizing the Health Hero® technology platform to ensure secure data management and health care provider access to patient data across an Internet connection. PERS Buddy is the first product to combine access to emergency care with ongoing health monitoring for over a dozen medical conditions to increase a healthcare provider's ability to monitor patients at home, which is expected to result in improved patient security as well as prolonging a patient's ability to remain independent.

PERS Buddy marks an important milestone in the strategic alliance between Health Hero Network and AMAC in the creation of a comprehensive solution for patients by covering all aspects of care from emergency response to disease management monitoring. PERS Buddy gives patients immediate access to a 24/7 monitoring center for emergency care, 2-way voice communication and daily interactive contact via scripted communication. With Internet data reporting capabilities, providers have a new ability to monitor symptoms, identify problems, and take appropriate action to intervene in a cost-effective, timely manner.

"With PERS Buddy, we believe AMAC delivers a fully integrated 24/7 telehealth platform to healthcare providers that can enable cost effective care for disease state monitoring to improve health outcomes and increase patient safety. Patients using PERS Buddy will enjoy the experience of enhanced communication with their provider and greater independence and quality of life," stated Fred Siegel, Vice President of Marketing, AMAC.

By combining the Health Buddy appliance patient interface and AMAC's experience in emergency response monitoring, PERS Buddy enables patients to receive and respond to daily questions and education from their health care providers at home and provides patients with immediate access to assistance in an emergency. The system utilizes the Health Hero Network technology platform, which supplies secure data transfer and management and is the basis for provider interaction with patient data. Health care providers will access patient information through the AMAC iCare DesktopTM, a broad-based communications tool used by medical professionals to manage large populations of chronically ill patients while maintaining high quality of care.

For further information please contact:

Randi Baldwin
American Medical Alert Corp.
Director of Marketing
Tel: 516.536.5850

Kristine Gardner
Health Hero Network, Inc.
Marketing & Communications Specialist