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To: StocksMan who wrote (20268)10/14/2004 8:32:47 AM
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CheckFree Health & Fitness Introduces CheckFree Schedule Manager at Club Industry 2004

Thursday October 14, 8:00 am ET

-- CheckFree Schedule Manager, in Conjunction with RCM Solutions, Provides Comprehensive Reservation and Club Management Suite --

ATLANTA and CHICAGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Club Industry 2004 Booth #1255 -- CheckFree Health & Fitness, a business unit of CheckFree Corporation (Nasdaq: CKFR - News), today announced the introduction of CheckFree Schedule Manager, an Internet-based reservation system for health clubs of any size at Club Industry's 2004 annual conference in Chicago. CheckFree Schedule Manager integrates with RCM Solutions, CheckFree's complete club management system, enabling clubs to streamline the scheduling and managing of their resources and facilities.

Health clubs using CheckFree Schedule Manager can allow members and non- members to schedule appointments online in real-time. Additionally, they can easily and securely pay for those appointments either online via credit card or at the club upon check in. As customers increasingly use the self- reservation system, phone calls to employees are greatly reduced, enabling them to better service health club members on-site. The system can be used by employees to make reservations on behalf of members and non-members as well as enable them to manage their availability, eliminating duplicate location or staff reservations.

"Health clubs require scheduling solutions that enable staff to quickly and easily access a variety of member information. They need a unified service that facilitates all run-rate operations including scheduling, reservation check-in, billing and accounting," said Matt McKernan, vice president and general manager of CheckFree's Health & Fitness business unit. "The combination of CheckFree Schedule Manager and RCM Solutions gives clubs the most comprehensive product suite to meet their operational needs."

CheckFree Schedule Manager is easy-to-use and can easily be customized for the unique business rules of individual clubs. Reservations can be tailored based on a particular location, specific staff member, or combination of the two. Administrators can also define any service they want to enable online from tennis courts and swimming lessons to massage and tanning sessions.

CheckFree Schedule Manager provides the following benefits:

- Tight Integration with Club Management Solution-CheckFree Schedule Manager is designed to work closely with RCM Solutions providing a complete management and reservation system.

- Two-Way Communication-Advanced messaging technology enables two-way communication between Schedule Manager and RCM Solutions to ensure the most up-to-date information is available to the club and its members.

- Scalability-CheckFree Schedule Manager is designed to work at the smallest clubs as well as large clubs with multiple site locations.

- Hosted by CheckFree-CheckFree Schedule Manager is hosted by the same electronic center used to process online bill payments for more than 14 million customers since 1981. While RCM Solutions requires a simple software download and installation, clubs only need to set up an interface with CheckFree to operate CheckFree Schedule Manager.

CheckFree Schedule Manager will be available in spring 2005. For more information on pricing and availability, call 800-242-9522, visit us at Booth #1255 at Club Industry 2004 (Oct. 14-16, 2004), or visit our Web site at rcmsolutions.com. . .

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