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Watson to Gain Ability to “See” with Planned $1B Acquisition of Merge Healthcare

Deal Brings Watson Technology Together with Leader in Medical Images

Armonk, NY and CHICAGO — [August 6, 2015]:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Watson will gain the ability to “see” by bringing together Watson’s advanced image analytics and cognitive capabilities with data and images obtained from Merge Healthcare Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: MRGE) medical imaging management platform.  IBM plans to acquire Merge, a leading provider of medical image handling and processing, interoperability and clinical systems designed to advance healthcare quality and efficiency, in an effort to unlock the value of medical images to help physicians make better patient care decisions.

Merge’s technology platforms are used at more than 7,500 U.S. healthcare sites, as well as most of the world’s leading clinical research institutes and pharmaceutical firms to manage a growing body of medical images.  The vision is that these organizations could use the Watson Health Cloud to surface new insights from a consolidated, patient-centric view of current and historical images, electronic health records, data from wearable devices and other related medical data, in a HIPAA-enabled environment.

Under terms of the transaction, Merge shareholders would receive $7.13 per share in cash, for a total transaction value of $1 billion.  The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory review, Merge shareholder approval, and other customary closing conditions, and is anticipated to occur later this year.  It is IBM’s third major health-related acquisition – and the largest – since launching its Watson Health unit in April, following Phytel (population health) and Explorys (cloud based healthcare intelligence).

“As a proven leader in delivering healthcare solutions for over 20 years, Merge is a tremendous addition to the Watson Health platform.  Healthcare will be one of IBM’s biggest growth areas over the next 10 years, which is why  we are making a major investment to drive industry transformation and to facilitate a higher quality of care,” said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Research and Solutions Portfolio. “Watson’s powerful cognitive and analytic capabilities, coupled with those from Merge and our other major strategic acquisitions, position IBM to partner with healthcare providers, research institutions, biomedical companies, insurers and other organizations committed to changing the very nature of health and healthcare in the 21st century. Giving Watson ‘eyes’ on medical images unlocks entirely new possibilities for the industry.”

Teaching Watson to “See” Medical Images
The planned acquisition bolsters IBM’s strategy to add rich image analytics with deep learning to the Watson Health platform – in effect, advancing Watson beyond natural language and giving it the ability to “see.”  Medical images are by far the largest and fastest-growing data source in the healthcare industry and perhaps the world – IBM researchers estimate that they account for at least 90% of all medical data today – but they also present challenges that need to be addressed:

  • The volume of medical images can be overwhelming to even the most sophisticated specialists – radiologists in some hospital emergency rooms are presented with as many as 100,000 images a day1.
  • Tools to help clinicians extract insights from medical images remain very limited, requiring most analysis to be done manually.
  • At a time when the most powerful insights come at the intersection of diverse data sets (medical records, lab tests, genomics, etc.), medical images remain largely disconnected from mainstream health information.

IBM plans to leverage the Watson Health Cloud to analyze and cross-reference medical images against a deep trove of lab results, electronic health records, genomic tests, clinical studies and other health-related data sources, already representing 315 billion data points and 90 million unique records.  Merge’s clients could compare new medical images with a patient’s image history as well as populations of similar patients to detect changes and anomalies. Insights generated by Watson could then help healthcare providers in fields including radiology, cardiology, orthopedics and ophthalmology to pursue more personalized approaches to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients.

Cutting-edge image analytics projects underway in IBM Research’s global labs suggest additional areas where progress can be made.  They include teaching Watson to filter clinical and diagnostic imaging information to help clinicians identify anomalies and form recommendations, which could help reduce physician viewing loads and increase physician effectiveness.

“As Watson evolves, we are tackling more complex and meaningful problems by constantly evaluating bigger and more challenging data sets,” Kelly said. “Medical images are some of the most complicated data sets imaginable, and there is perhaps no more important area in which researchers can apply machine learning and cognitive computing.  That’s the real promise of cognitive computing and its artificial intelligence components – helping to make us healthier and to improve the quality of our lives.”

Watson Health and Merge Capabilities Will Benefit Researchers, Clinicians and Individuals
IBM’s Watson Health unit plans to bring together Merge’s product and solution offerings with existing expertise in cognitive computing, population health, and cloud-based healthcare intelligence offerings to:

  • Offer researchers insights to aid clinical trial design, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Help clinicians to efficiently identify options for the diagnosis, treatment  and monitoring a broad array of health conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease;
  • Enable providers and payers to integrate and optimize patient engagement in alignment with meaningful use and value-based care guidelines; and
  • Support researchers and healthcare professionals as they advance the emerging discipline of population health, which aims to optimize an individual’s care by identifying trends in large numbers of people with similar health status.

“Merge is widely recognized for delivering market leading imaging workflow and electronic data capture solutions,” said Justin Dearborn, chief executive officer, Merge. “Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for our employees and clients. Becoming a part of IBM will allow us to expand our global scale and deliver added value and insight to our clients through Watson’s advanced analytic and cognitive computing capabilities.”

“Combining Merge’s leading medical imaging solutions with the world-class machine learning and analytics capabilities of IBM’s Watson Health is the future of healthcare technology,” said Michael W. Ferro, Jr., Merge’s chairman. “Merge’s leading technology and proven expertise represent a unique combination of assets that will deliver unparalleled value to Watson Health clients. Together, we will unlock unprecedented new opportunities to improve patient diagnostics and deliver enhanced care.”

About Merge
Merge is a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based technologies for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides clinical trials software with end-to-end study support in a single platform and other intelligent health data and analytics solutions. With solutions that have been used by providers for more than 25 years, Merge is helping to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com and follow us @MergeHealthcare.

IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing. The system, delivered through the cloud, analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions.

In January 2014, IBM launched the IBM Watson unit, a business dedicated to developing and commercializing cloud-delivered cognitive computing technologies. The move signified a strategic shift by IBM to deliver a new class of software, services and apps that improves by learning, and discovers insights from massive amounts of Big Data.  As part of the unit, the company has increased the number and diversity of cognitive computing services delivered to its partners, adding new beta Watson services in February 2015, and scalable deep learning APIs with the acquisition of AlchemyAPI in March 2015.

In April 2015, the company continued to build on its strengths in cognitive computing, analytics, security and cloud with the launch of IBM Watson Health and the Watson Health Cloud platform.  The new unit will help improve the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers to innovate by surfacing new insights from the massive amount of personal health data being created daily.  The Watson Health Cloud allows this information to be anonymized, shared and combined with a dynamic and constantly growing aggregated view of clinical, research and social health data.

About IBM
For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson.  For more information on IBM Watson Health, visit: ibm.com/watsonhealth

Check out the IBM Watson press kit at: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/presskit/27297.wss

Join the conversation at #ibmwatson and #watsonhealth. Follow Watson on Facebook and see Watson on YouTube and Flickr.

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August 6, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

eHealth Technologies and Orion Health Announce Partnership

Partnership Enables North Dakota Health Information Network Access to Medical Images, Providing a Comprehensive View of the Patient Record

Rochester, N.Y., June 9, 2015eHealth Technologies, the leading provider of image exchange solutions and Orion Health, a global population health management and healthcare integration company, announced today that they have partnered to enable North Dakota Health Information Network (NDHIN) to provide healthcare providers across the entire state of North Dakota with access to medical images as a part of the state-wide Health Information Exchange (HIE).

eHealth Technologies and Orion Health have signed a strategic partnership agreement that incorporates eHealth Connect® Image Exchange into the Orion Health Open Platform, enabling its users to access, view, compare and transfer fully diagnostic quality medical images such as x-ray, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound studies from anywhere they can access the Orion Health platform. Both companies are committed to delivering the critical and relevant health information needed by providers to care for patients when, where and how they need it.

“The partnership between eHealth Technologies and Orion Health will ensure that providers using NDHIN can access and share diagnostic quality medical images through our Open Platform. This partnership will help us positively affect patients’ health by minimizing radiation exposure from unnecessary duplicate imaging exams, while also reducing the cost of care,” said BG Jones, Vice President, Global Partner Alliances, Orion Health.

Gary Larson, Executive Vice President & General Manager, HIE Solutions for eHealth Technologies noted “Our partnership with Orion Health will allow healthcare providers to access their patients’ images from any external connected facility in full diagnostic quality, on a unified image viewing platform with no software to install, in the context of the complete patient record. Physicians will be able to securely collaborate to make care coordination across multiple facilities more efficient and effective.”

Mr. Sheldon Wolf, Health Information Technology Director, NDHIN also expressed excitement about the physician collaboration that is now possible with an image enabled HIE: “Image-enabling NDHIN will equip our providers with the tools they need to conduct real-time image consultations with other caregivers for a faster and more complete diagnosis and treatment. Being able to quickly connect providers with the information they need in sparsely populated areas will greatly enhance patient care.”

About Orion Health Inc.

Orion Health, a population health management company, makes healthcare information available anywhere by providing healthcare IT connectivity in nearly every U.S. state and in over 30 countries worldwide—facilitating care for tens of millions of patients every day. With an inherent ability to interconnect a wide variety of healthcare information systems, Orion Health facilitates data exchange within and among provider organizations, accountable care organizations, health plans, governments and health information exchanges, to improve care coordination, enable population health management, enhance quality of care and help reduce costs. For more information, visit www.orionhealth.com. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.

About eHealth Technologies

eHealth Technologies is the industry-leading provider of continuity of care solutions, serving over half of the nation’s top 100 hospitals, including 12 of the top 17 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals for 2014-2015, and leading health information exchanges (HIEs) across the United States. The company’s eHealth Connect® Referral Pathways solution enhances patient and physician satisfaction by streamlining transitions of care, and assuring physicians have the right healthcare information to care for their patients, right when they need it. As a critical adjunct to HIEs, eHealth Connect® Image Exchange enables the automated access to all types of medical images in the context of the aggregated patient record, in full diagnostic quality, and supports the ability for providers to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.  For more information, visit www.eHealthTechnologies.com. Connect with us onTwitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About North Dakota Health Information Exchange Network

The mission of the NDHIN is to advance the adoption and use of technology to exchange health information and improve healthcare quality, patient safety and overall efficiency of healthcare and public health services of North Dakota.  The North Dakota Health Information Network creates a safe, secure connection for life’s critical moments. For more information, visit http://www.ndhin.org/.

June 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

DR Systems Awarded Seven New Patents

Leading Healthcare Imaging and IT Company Innovates in

Human-Computer Interaction and More Efficient Access to Information
SAN DIEGO, CA – DR Systems (www.drsys.com), a leader in healthcare imaging and information technologies, has recently been granted seven new U.S. patents. They cover technology ranging from intelligent access of medical information to human-computer interaction and image viewing. These patents, which were granted in 2014, demonstrate the company’s long record as an innovator in radiology and healthcare information technology.

“Many healthcare facilities rely on DR Systems to provide crucial technology that will keep them competitive in their market.” said Dr. Murray Reicher, CEO and Chairman of DR Systems. “We continue to develop new technologies that improve efficiency and accuracy of both image reading and overall healthcare information systems. That’s further demonstrated by our recent, industry-leading recognition as 2014 Best in KLAS for radiology software.”

Previously in 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded DR Systems five other patents. The additional seven new patents awarded in 2014 bring the company’s patent portfolio to a total of 23 patents to date, with another 30 patents pending.

Since its inception, DR Systems has led the industry with innovation such as the world’s first filmless imaging center, first filmless U.S. private hospital, first invention of hanging protocols, and first PACS with digital audio recording. The company’s more recent breakthroughs include “image shuffling,” “automated comparison reading mode,” “smart placement rules,” “auto-receive,” “pixel/voxel tracking,” “thin rules” and others.

DR Systems 2014 Patents

Title Patent #
1. Systems and Methods for Retrieval of Medical Data 8,626,527
2. Dual Technique Compression 8,630,501
3. Rules Based Approach to Transferring and/or Viewing Medical Images 8,712,120
4. Systems and Methods for Matching, Naming and Displaying Medical Images 8,731,259
5. Smart Placement Rules 8,751,268
6. Dynamic customizable human-computer interaction behavior 8,797,350
7. Intelligent dynamic preloading and processing 8,867,807

 

About DR Systems, Inc.

DR Systems designs the award-winning Unity Enterprise Imaging system (RIS, CVIS, PACS, Anatomic Pathology Reporting) and associated VNA, Disaster Recovery and Enterprise Viewing technology. The company’s cloud-based information systems include: eMix for medical image exchange, a complete certified ambulatory EHR, and an enterprise patient portal. The company’s passion for innovation and customer service has resulted inseven Best in KLAS PACS awards, far surpassing any other vendor. Since 1992, DR Systems has helped over 600 hospitals, healthcare facilities, and thousands of providersattain higher levels of clinical and financial success.KLAS® recognized DR Systems and its Unity PACS as the #1 ranked PACS vendor and software in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012.1  Unity RIS was ranked #1 Best in KLAS for Radiology in 2014. 1 For more information about the company, call 800-794-5955 or visit www.drsys.com.

February 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

DR Systems Ranked Top 25 EHR Vendor

Leading Health IT company ranked one of the largest vendors of 2014 by Modern Healthcare with 144% growth over previous year

SAN DIEGO, CA – DR Systems (www.drsys.com), a leader in healthcare imaging and information technologies, was recently named one of the largest vendors of electronic health record (EHR) systems in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare, a major healthcare research and media company.DR Systems was one of 25 listed in the Modern Healthcare ranking of the nation’s top EHR vendors of 2014. Notably, DR Systems accomplished a market share growth of 144% over 2013, placing among the top three fastest growing vendors. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) served as data sources for the ranking. The results are based on the total number of healthcare providers who are claiming the vendor as their primary EHR.

“By now, most of our customers have already attested successfully for Meaningful Use,” said Florent Saint-Clair, Vice President of DR Systems Cloud Products.  “We’re proud of our role in enabling their efforts, and we’re ahead of the changing market landscape by continually providing additional capabilities to enhance patient and clinical engagement.  We take our leadership role seriously and we appreciate the acknowledgement of Modern Healthcare of our position in their rankings.”

In being named one of the largest EHR vendors, DR Systems claims a position as the sole healthcare imaging system specialist on the list.  “From our roots as a PACS provider to our broader solutions addressing the enterprise, we have grown to be the EHR partner of choice for specialties such as radiology and anesthesiology”, said Joe Longo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at DR Systems.  “Our success in aligning with the needs of healthcare specialty fields enables a focused approach to providing premium cloud software services to our customers.  We’re proud to be included in Modern Healthcare’s largest EHR vendor rankings.”

Learn more about DR Systems eHR solution at http://drsys.com/dr-ehr

About DR Systems, Inc.

DR Systems designs the award-winning Unity Enterprise Imaging system (RIS, CVIS, PACS, Anatomic Pathology Reporting) and associated VNA, Disaster Recovery and Enterprise Viewing technology. The company’s cloud-based information systems include: eMix for medical image exchange, a complete certified ambulatory EHR, and an enterprise patient portal. The company’s passion for innovation and customer service has resulted in six Best in KLAS PACS awards, far surpassing any other vendor. Since 1992, DR Systems has helped over 600 hospitals, healthcare facilities, and thousands of associated physician professionals attain higher levels of clinical and financial success. KLAS® recognized DR Systems and its Unity™ PACS as the #1 ranked PACS vendor and product in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. For more information about the company, call 800-794-5955or visit www.drsys.com.

January 22, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

What’s Next for Imaging Technology?

HIMSS Analytics Releases 2014 Imaging Technology Study

Chicago – December 2, 2014 – HIMSS Analytics released today its latest Essentials Brief, the 2014 Imaging Technology Study.

This detailed look at the PACS (picture archiving and communication system) imaging technology landscape among U.S. hospitals and ambulatories includes data from the HIMSS Analytics® Database, as well as unique insight from imaging services executives across the country. Topics in the Brief include market utilization, vendor market share and trajectory, as well as a look at the usage and drivers behind Enterprise Image Viewing.

“What became clear is that despite being a saturated market, the imaging technology landscape is also one in which outdated technology is not uncommon,” said HIMSS Analytics Research Director, Brendan FitzGerald. “That, coupled with a growing need for additional functionality around image management and distribution is leading organizations to upgrade technology currently in place.”

Highlights of the Essentials Brief include:

•    The need for additional functionality was cited as the primary driver by 68% of respondents who plan to purchase a new system,
upgrade or replace their current system

•     Just under 25% of respondents currently make images accessible via mobile devices

•    Approximately 50% of respondents currently utilize Enterprise Image Viewing functionality

HIMSS Analytics Essentials Briefs are complimentary for hospitals and health systems, and are available for a fee to all other interested parties. To request a copy, please emailconsulting@himssanalytics.org from your employer’s email domain.

About HIMSS Analytics
HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions.  It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

December 2, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Fovia Expands into Veterinary Imaging Market

 Animage’s Multi-Modality Solution Delivers HDVR®

Palo Alto and Pleasanton, California, January 31, 2013 — Fovia Inc., a global leader in advanced visualization, and Animage, LLC, an innovative developer and manufacturer of veterinary imaging equipment, today announced that Animage will enhance its product offering by integrating Fovia’s High Definition Volume Rendering® into Fidex, its unique, three-modality diagnostic imaging system.

Fidex combines computed tomography (CT), digital radiography (DR) and fluoroscopy to provide a cost-effective, small footprint solution, therefore making in-house 3D viable for veterinarians and animal researchers. Fovia’s CPU-based HDVR® enables Animage to offer “on-the-fly” advanced visualization to veterinarians and researchers on most major operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS), greatly expanding 3D imaging accessibility, flexibility and scalability in the veterinary field.

Fovia’s server-based architecture enables thin-client delivery of unrivaled image quality and performance anytime, anywhere.  In the veterinary market, Fovia’s flagship products, HDVR® Connect and HDVR® Mobile, provide unprecedented advancement in diagnosis, treatment and  pre-surgical planning.  With HDVR, veterinarians have rapid access to highly detailed images, therefore enabling them to make quick, well-reasoned decisions.  In cases where remote specialists are needed, Fovia’s unique architecture facilitates seamless, real-time collaboration.

“The level of detail that Fovia’s HDVR software provides allows exploration of structures never before seen in veterinary medicine,” said Horst Bruning, President and CEO of Animage.  “With 3D imaging becoming increasingly important in our field, we are thrilled to be on the cutting-edge of veterinary clinical care and research by using Fovia’s best-in-class rendering.”

Ken Fineman, Chief Executive Officer of Fovia, stated, “We are excited to be working with a company that has put such extensive thought into the unique needs of their market.  Fidex successfully addresses the need for a mutli-modality, cost-effective, small-footprint imaging solution for veterinary offices and research facilities.”

About Fovia, Inc.

Fovia, Inc. was founded in 2003 to address the challenge of data explosion – the exponentially increasing amount of data being acquired by modern imaging modalities.  The firm has developed a CPU-based, High Definition Volume Rendering software solution that leverages and scales with multi-core, multi‑processor and multi-threaded generational processor development.  Fovia’s HDVR Connect and HDVR Mobile solutions are more scalable, cost effective, flexible, and easily deployable on an enterprise-wide basis than GPU or other hardware-based approaches.  They can be easily and natively integrated into various original equipment manufacturers’ offerings, thereby enabling OEMs to deliver unrivaled image quality and uncompromised performance, both locally and remotely, in 2D, 3D and 4D advanced volume visualization applications.  More information can be found at www.fovia.com.

About Animage, LLC:

Animage, LLC develops and manufactures cutting-edge radiological imaging technology and equipment designed specifically for companion animal veterinary practice and research environments.  Animage, LLC was founded in 2008 to bring advanced diagnostic imaging technology to the veterinary practice market.  Animage, LLC is a subsidiary of Exxim Computing Corporation (www.exxim-cc.com), a diagnostic imaging software company founded in 2002.  Exxim is a specialist in 3D imaging, tomographic image reconstruction, and 3D visualization for medical and NDT applications.  Exxim has customers worldwide, such as Siemens and Imaging Sciences, who use Exxim’s software to optimize the performance and diagnostic value of their diagnostic imaging hardware.

 

February 8, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Samsung Electronics America Acquires Medical Imaging Company – NeuroLogica

Acquisition to strengthen Samsung’s growing medical equipment business

Ridgefield Park, NJJanuary 28, 2013 Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced its acquisition of NeuroLogica, a leading Computed Tomography (CT) company headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts.  Established in 2004, NeuroLogica develops cutting-edge medical imaging products and is known for its world-class portable CT scanners, such as BodyTom and CereTom. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition of NeuroLogica is another important step in the expansion of Samsung’s medical imaging business. Samsung will continue to strengthen its capabilities and product portfolio to establish itself as a trusted leader in the health and medical equipment industry.

The company plans to leverage its global brand awareness and world-leading technology in consumer electronics, IT and communications with NeuroLogica in order to expand medical imaging business.

Samsung Electronics is committed to its 2020 vision to explore new avenues of growth in the healthcare business by enhancing medical imaging diagnosis, providing innovation to both patients and doctors.

To learn more about Samsung Electronics’ healthcare division, its subsidiaries and products, please visit http://www.samsung.com/healthcare.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North American operations including Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, the Samsung organization is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry.  For more information, please visit www.samsung.com. You can also Fan Samsung on www.Facebook.com/SamsungUSA or follow Samsung via Twitter @SamsungTweets.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. creates more possibilities for more people, in more countries, than any other technology company. Samsung has become the global leader in consumer electronics and their components by bringing relentless innovation to a product portfolio that includes televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, refrigerators and memory chips. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com

About NeuroLogica

Located in Danvers, Massachusetts, NeuroLogica Corp (www.neurologica.com) specializes in the design and manufacture of cutting edge imaging equipment that is easy to use and brings the power of imaging to the patient. NeuroLogica`s BodyTom® CT and CereTom® CT are FDA registered and the quality system is certified to ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 with Canadian Medical Device Amendments. NeuroLogica`s BodyTom® CT and CereTom® CT are CE marked (European Conformity) for distribution in the European Union and European Economic Area.

February 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Dell Healthcare Announcements at RSNA

At RSNA Dell made several announcements involving significant customer and partnership alliances for its cloud-based medical image archive platform, pushing the company to the forefront of cloud-based medical image management.  In fact, in September, Frost & Sullivan recognized Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences with its 2012 North American Company of the Year Award, based on the firm’s analysis of the enterprise imaging informatics market.

More details can be found in the news releases included below:

·         Dell Leading With Industry’s Largest Cloud-based, Vendor-neutral Medical Archive

o   The Dell Cloud Clinical Archive is now managing more than 78 million clinical studies and more than 5.4 billion imaging objects, and supporting more than 800 clinical sites in one of the world’s largest cloud-based, vendor-neutral medical image archives.

·         Siemens Announces $11.7M Enterprise Archiving Contract with Intermountain Healthcare, New Enhancements to syngo.via and syngo.plaza at RSNA 2012

o   Intermountain Healthcare has selected Siemens Healthcare and Dell to provide medical image archiving and sharing services via the cloud to address their long-term data storage needs and consolidate medical imaging data across multiple picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

o   Leveraging the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive (DCCA), Dell and Siemens will be archiving over 14.7 million medical studies over the next few years.  Dell will also migrate an additional 470 terabytes of medical data into its cloud.

·         Dell and Siemens Healthcare Enable Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center to Meet Growing Demand for 3D Mammography

o   Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has selected Dell and Siemens Healthcare to provide diagnostic image archiving and sharing services to address long-term data storage needs and reduce the complexity of managing medical images. The move provides the hospital with a scalable and cost-effective storage and archival strategy for its new 3D breast imaging services.

December 4, 2012 I Written By

Summit Radiology Associates Selects Merge for End-to-End Radiology Solutions

Full Suite of Applications Provides Scalability and Path to Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Summit Radiology Associates, a multi-site practice, will implement Merge’s end-to-end suite of Radiology Solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Summit Radiology Associates interprets studies for three sites: a busy hospital, a large multi-specialty practice, and a free-standing imaging center in Westfield, New Jersey,” explained Dr. Amir Salomon, President, Summit Radiology Associates. “With the growing complexity of healthcare, we sought a system that would increase our efficiency and enhance our workflow. We needed a vendor whose solutions could quickly and easily scale to fit our growing needs. In Merge, we found an innovative partner at the forefront of the field offering a comprehensive suite of solutions.”

“Additionally, by selecting the latest version of Merge’s end-to-end Radiology Solutions, we will be well positioned to pursue Meaningful Use for many of our radiologists,” added Marisol Ortiz, Business Manager, Summit Radiology Associates. “This will enable us to receive Meaningful Use incentive payments over the next four years and avoid future penalties.”

“Meaningful Use is the basis for health information exchange in the U.S. and our goal at Merge is to help make it easy for specialists to qualify for incentives and realize the true benefits of the program,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare.  “With the recently announced Stage Two requirements that focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, it’s clear that specialties like radiology are very much included in Meaningful Use. Now is the time for specialty physicians to adopt a Meaningful Use strategy so they can qualify for Stage One funding, while preparing for Stage Two.”

Merge Radiology Solutions include Merge RISTM, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACSTM, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge FinancialsTM, a comprehensive billing system; Merge DocumentsTM, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; Merge Referral PortalTM, a web-based portal to engage referring physicians; and Merge DashboardsTM, an on-demand business intelligence solution.

About Merge

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare.  Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

November 21, 2012 I Written By

Erie County Medical Center Selects iCONNECT(R) for Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperabilty

Solutions Provide Anywhere, Any Time Access to Images and Enterprise-Wide Image Archive

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Erie Country Medical Center (ECMC) has selected Merge Healthcare’s iConnect® Enterprise Archive and iConnect® Access to provide real-time access to images and information.

“Our enterprise-wide imaging strategy builds on our longtime relationship with Merge and will extend our image sharing and interoperability capabilities across our entire health system,” said Leslie Feidt, CIO, ECMC. “We believe this approach will deliver real return as we eliminate departmental silos, improve workflow for our physicians and, ultimately, enhance patient care with anywhere, any time access to images.”

“Now that Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules include image-enabling the EHR as a menu set measure, customers like ECMC are looking to quickly and easily image-enable their EHR and entire enterprise,” added Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Now ECMC physicians, regardless of specialty and affiliation, will have access to images for enhanced patient care directly via their MEDITECH electronic health record.”

Merge’s iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform is the industry’s only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. It includes iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server, iConnect Share, a gateway for image sharing across the enterprise and iConnect Enterprise Archive, a vendor-neutral archive to create an enterprise imaging strategy. It works with existing applications, leveraging widely-used web and healthcare technology standards, to provide a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Archive is the number one vendor neutral archive in the world and has been successfully integrated with over seventy-five PACS vendors and specialty workstations at over 350 sites across the United States. In over half of iConnect Enterprise Archive implementations, Merge’s customers have integrated third-party PACS systems.

*iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare.  Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

November 20, 2012 I Written By