HERNDON, Va., Sept. 30, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by the state of Maine to implement a comprehensive integrated public health information system (IPHIS) to improve the information flow between state employees, health care providers and public health entities to ensure timely health emergency response and preparedness for the public.

The contract supports Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health.

As part of the contract, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will incorporate multiple public health information systems used by the Bureau of Health and external entities of the Maine state government. Northrop Grumman will develop custom software and install public domain and commercial-off-the-shelf products, integrating components and systems to provide efficient access and exchange of public health information.

"Northrop Grumman's strong presence and experience in the public health practice will guarantee Maine's response readiness to public health threats and emergencies," said Hugh Taylor, president of Northrop Grumman IT's Commercial, State and Local Solutions business unit. "We have a significant base of employees supporting health/life systems and programs that are prepared to support the needs of Maine's Bureau of Health."

IPHIS is a Web-based system that will integrate multiple public health information systems and promote secure, timely and accurate sharing of public health information that support Center for Disease Control and Bureau of Health information systems initiatives. This communication includes data transactions with primary care providers, laboratories, hospital emergency centers, and health engineering and community-based provider agencies.

Public health constituents supported by IPHIS will be equipped with the capability to receive and integrate records of infectious disease reporting, immunization administration, selected health screening and lab test results, facility inspections and health alerts.

The contract has a value of approximately $2.5 million over one year with four, one-year options. Work on the contract will be done in Augusta, Maine.

Northrop Grumman's teammate on the contract is CGH Technologies, Columbia, S.C.

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