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St. Jude Medical and Microsoft Collaborate to Provide Patients and Physicians with Better Access to Health Records

Integration of St. Jude Medical network and Microsoft HealthVault will enable patients to easily share cardiac device data with physicians

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2008--St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced a partnership with the Microsoft Corp. Health Solutions Group to research the integration of data from implantable devices with patient-controlled, personal health records. St. Jude Medical and Microsoft will work with physicians to determine the optimal level of integration (between the Merlin.net(TM) Patient Care Network and Microsoft(R) HealthVault) that will allow physicians to efficiently and confidentially share device information with their patients.

Merlin.net PCN is a secure Internet-based system that collects and displays information from implantable devices, such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). It stores data that is captured during implant procedures, in-office follow-up visits with physicians and remote follow-up transmissions in patients' homes. Transmitted data includes reports of irregular heart rhythms and real-time electrograms (EGM) which show patients' heartbeats at the time of transmission.

The entire Merlin.net PCN system, from user access to data storage, meets the standards of reliability, privacy and security established by regulatory requirements and by the International Quality Certification Standards. All network communications that occur on Merlin.net PCN are encrypted with the highest level of protection using industry standard cryptography.

Microsoft HealthVault is an Internet-based consumer health record system that allows individuals to collect, store and share their health information privately and securely. Created in cooperation with leading privacy advocates (including the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation), respected security experts and dozens of the world's leading healthcare organizations, HealthVault was designed to provide people with a secure way to efficiently store and access their personal medical records.

"This partnership between two industry leaders will give patients and physicians easier access to health records during clinical care," said George J. Fazio, president of the St. Jude Medical U.S. Division. "A centralized, highly secure database with implanted device data, and additional relevant patient information, will allow patients and their physicians to more efficiently manage cardiac conditions."

Microsoft's use of strong privacy principles, including the principles of the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy, its ongoing relationship with consumer advocates and its commitment to independent third-party audits, sets a new standard for privacy protections in health information technology.

"Consumers are asking for tools that make their lives easier by facilitating communication and helping them take steps to manage their health," said Peter Neupert, corporate vice president, Microsoft Health Solutions Group. "Through the integration of the St. Jude Medical Merlin.net PCN application and Microsoft HealthVault, patients will be able to share more complete health information with their doctors, privately and securely."

About Merlin.Net Patient Care Network (PCN)

Implantable cardiac devices are designed to capture and record vast amounts of information about device performance and patient heart rhythms that is vital to patient care. Merlin.net PCN not only stores this information for physician access, but also allows data to be sent directly to a clinic's or hospital's electronic health records (EHR) system so the data is included in the patient's comprehensive personal health record. With immediate access to patient information through the secure Merlin.net PCN website, physicians can monitor and assess patient device data and determine the level of care needed remotely.

The Merlin.net PCN system adheres to the patient privacy standards and requirements for the electronic transmission of health information, as set forth by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and will be the platform for future St. Jude Medical device remote monitoring.

About St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide through excellence in medical device technology and services. The Company has five major focus areas that include: cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical employs more than 12,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit www.sjm.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements include the expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including potential clinical successes, anticipated regulatory approvals and future product launches, and projected revenues, margins, earnings, and market shares. The statements made by the Company are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include market conditions and other factors beyond the Company's control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements described in the Company's filings with the SEC, including those described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 27, 2008 (see Item 1A on pages 13-20, and page 20 of Exhibit 13 to the Company's Form 10-K). The Company does not intend to update these statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such update under any circumstance.

CONTACT: St. Jude Medical
Investor Relations
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SOURCE: St. Jude Medical, Inc.

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