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Quest Diagnostics India Recognized as Laureate by the Computerworld Honors Program
Date:6/3/2009

world whose visionary application of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress.

"With Quest4Health.com, Quest Diagnostics introduced a first in health portals, one that combines online diagnostics and social networking, and that works to spread awareness about prevalent lifestyle diseases and empower patients with information about risks, prevention and treatment," said Devi Prasad Karuppur, Ph.D., Vice President, International Market Development. "We are honored to receive this industry distinction, and gratified to see healthcare providers, employers and patients in India taking advantage of the profound benefits that technology-based health information and services can provide."

More than 300 million people comprise India's middle class, and that number is growing rapidly. Diabetes alone affected 40 million people in India in 2007. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that diabetes, heart disease and stroke together will cost about $333.6 billion over the next 10 years in India alone.

Quest4Health.com, which was developed by Quest Diagnostics India with the support of HCL Technologies Ltd., allows patients, physicians and employers in India to securely order tests, schedule appointments and make payments online, and allows users to sponsor medical tests and wellness packages for family and friends across geographical distances. Consumers view their results online through user-friendly wellness reports, which include auxiliary data to help interpret results and improve community awareness of key lifestyle diseases, symptoms, diagnosis and prevention. The health portal facilitates patient interaction with medical specialists and physicians through blogs, forums, and stories, and provides access, for a second opinion, to independent medical experts at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute laboratories. By fostering online support groups and communities, it harnesses the power of
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