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 News Release - November 24, 2008

ZONARE Medical Systems Awarded National Contract From HealthTrust Purchasing Group for Portable Ultrasound Systems

Contract for Premium Quality Convertible Ultrasound(TM) Platform

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Nov 24, 2008 -- ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., a developer of premium ultrasound systems, today announced it has been awarded a national purchasing contract by HealthTrust Purchasing Group, LP for its ultrasound platform.

"We are extremely pleased to have this new contract with HealthTrust Purchasing Group, as it will open up tremendous opportunities for ZONARE to work more closely with the hospital members of HealthTrust," said Don Southard, president and CEO at ZONARE Medical Systems. "Additionally, this contract will help HealthTrust members to continue to provide their patients with outstanding care."

The ultrasound system is a premium-quality, Convertible Ultrasound(TM) platform based on proprietary Zone Sonography(TM) technology. Clinicians are able to easily convert the system from a full-featured, cart-based system into a premium compact ultrasound system without sacrificing image quality or performance. As a result, demanding clinical studies can be done in a variety of clinical settings with high diagnostic confidence.

The system's software-based architecture allows its performance to continue to improve as greater processing power becomes available. System software upgrades can be downloaded over the internet.

In the 2008 Hand-Carried Ultrasound (HCU) report issued by Klein Biomedical Consultants (KBC), the industry's leading analyst, ZONARE is projected to be one of the market leaders in 2010 in the HCU market. The ultra system was also awarded a 2008 Best in KLAS category leader award for the HCU market. And recently, ZONARE Medical Systems was ranked the no. 1 fastest growing company in the Silicon Valley and San Jose, Calif. area by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

About HealthTrust Purchasing Group

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is a group purchasing organization that supports nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites. With an annual purchasing volume by its members of more than $15 billion, HealthTrust is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically-recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery and continuously evaluating and improving its services to the patients, physicians and clinicians it serves. HealthTrust is located at 155 Franklin Road, Suite 400, Brentwood, TN 37027. The Web site is

About ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc.

ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif., develops, manufactures and commercializes premium compact ultrasound systems that combine its proprietary technology with an innovative physical design. Zone Sonography technology, ZONARE's unique patented approach to ultrasound imaging, is focused on bringing premium image quality, performance and features to a wide range of clinical settings. Additional information can be found at

Source: ZONARE Medical Systems

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