NorthWise Services Partners With Merge to Offer Comprehensive Clinical Trial Services

eClinical OS(TM) Provides Single Platform for Clinical Study Data Capture, Processing and Reporting

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that NorthWise Services (NWS) has partnered with Merge and selected eClinical OS™ to collect, manage and report on clinical trials data across all studies.

NWS is a specialist CRO offering services in data management, statistics and medical writing. Its services are complementary to the offerings of Merge, which has allowed for a strong and active working partnership to develop.

“NWS has always supported products at the forefront of eClinical technology, but in the past this tended to be separated into different software tools for EDC, ePRO, IVR, etc.,” explained Dr. Philip North, Managing Director of NorthWise Services. “It is therefore very appealing now to be able to access a wide range of eClinical functions on a single web-based platform, with just one user login and password.”

Recognizing the potential benefits of eClinical OS in collecting, managing and reporting clinical trials data across all phases, NWS has arranged to have its own eClinical OS certified study builder, who can now build studies for clients using eClinical OS.

“We were pleased with how easy it was for our study builder to become qualified and certified in the use of eClinical OS,” continued Dr. North. “Merge provided NWS access to eClinical OS in a sandbox environment during the self-training process. Because of this, the qualification was quickly and entirely achieved, using only the extensive online training materials available within eClinical OS. The built-in training materials were intuitive and thorough. Our staff did not require any additional help from Merge – though that would have been available if needed.”

Cost transparency using eClinical OS’s self-service quoting tool was also a benefit to NWS.

“The cost calculator tool has been very valuable,” added Dr. North. “Not only is Merge eClinical OS competitive in the eClinical marketplace, but this tool allows us to remain competitive when bidding on a new study with our sponsor clients.”

“With eClinical OS, NWS has deep visibility into the cost of its studies,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “We designed a cost calculator into the system which allows our clients to generate their own quotes and create budget scenarios in real-time. This provides them with the decision support tools to balance options and costs.”

Merge eClinical OS provides end-to-end study support through a single, easy-to-use interface allowing clients to manage and run studies more efficiently than ever before. It delivers built-in study templates, libraries and reports to help users create studies quickly and manage them effectively without technical assistance. Merge eClinical OS works for the largest and smallest studies, has the flexibility to support trials in any phase, and captures any type of data, from any source, from any modality.

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.

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About NorthWise Services

NorthWise Services (NWS) was founded in January 2001, and has main offices at the Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne, UK. NWS offers a range of services, including data management, statistics, and medical writing, to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other industries, and other services and products through strategic working alliances. For more information, visit northwiseservices.com.