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Graham Hospital Selects iConnect(R) and Merge Honeycomb(TM) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability and Storage

Upgrade to Latest Version of Merge PACS(TM) Also Enhances Workflow for Community Hospital

CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Graham Hospital has selected Merge Healthcare’s entire iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform as well as Merge Honeycomb Archive to implement an enterprise-wide imaging strategy.

“At Graham Hospital we strive to apply forward-thinking technologies to deliver on our mission of providing compassionate, quality health services. Clearly, interoperability and cloud solutions represent the future of imaging,” explained Jim Schreiner, CIO, Graham Hospital.

“With iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform we will be able to deliver anywhere, any time access to images as well as secure storage of images in the iConnect Enterprise Archive. We will then be utilizing Merge Honeycomb Archive for cost-effective, long-term storage of the second copy of our patient images. We believe that by taking an enterprise-wide view of imaging we will see a decrease in our total cost of ownership and reduce the drain on our internal IT resources,” Schreiner concluded.

“As a long-time Merge PACS user, this new enterprise-wide imaging strategy builds on our partnership with Merge,” added Penny McElroy, Director of Imaging. “We knew that we wanted to upgrade to the latest version of Merge PACS and realized it was also the perfect opportunity to think longer-term while simultaneously improving our radiology workflow in the near-term.”

“We have seen clients from large IDNs to community hospitals like Graham Hospital start to really embrace enterprise imaging strategies and look at the cloud as a viable solution to the business and operational challenges they are facing,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Additionally, now that Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules include image-enabling the EHR as a menu set measure, Graham will be well-positioned to meet these future requirements.”

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. Ranked the VNA global market leader by InMedica, it works with existing applications, leveraging widely-used web and healthcare technology standards, to provide a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. Merge Honeycomb Archive provides a long-term storage option that houses images securely, in multiple locations, providing anywhere, any time access. It delivers comprehensive functionality in a high-availability, high-security framework that meets HIPAA and other privacy requirements.

Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system, enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party 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 25 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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February 23, 2013 I Written By

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Huntington Memorial Hospital Selects iConnect(R) for Community-Wide Image Interoperability

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

CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Huntington Memorial Hospital, a 625-bed, not-for-profit community-focused regional medical center, has selected Merge PACS™ and the entire iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform to image-enable both their hospital inpatient EHR as well as their community health information exchange, Huntington Health eConnect.

“Our mission Right Care, Right Place, Right Time requires getting the right information in the right hands and on the right device including patient images,” explained Rebecca Armato, Executive Director, Physician and Interoperability Services at Huntington Hospital. “This is just another example of our continued investment to improve the health of our community and continues our vision of creating a connected, collaborative community of care by providing a consolidated, comprehensive view of patient care to their caregivers regardless of technology or EHR. Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform and Merge PACS solutions will act as the foundation for viewing images and will have a positive impact on patient care.”

“The goal of our Imaging Department is to become a fully clinically integrated program with our community of providers. This system is one of the first of many steps that will help us to archive and we are very excited,” explained Donna Townsend, Executive Director Cardiovascular, Gastroenterology and Imaging Services, Huntington Hospital.

“In addition, our enterprise-wide approach will ensure a seamless workflow and immediate access via a single viewer to all prior exams for our partners, The Hill Medical Corporation, where nineteen radiologists provide comprehensive outpatient radiology services in three state-of-the-art imaging centers,” Armato added.

“Now that Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules include image-enabling the EHR as a menu set measure, leading organizations like Huntington Hospital are looking to quickly and easily image-enable their enterprises for compliance,” added Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Now the 2,000+ physicians and caregivers in the San Gabriel Valley who connect to Huntington Health eConnect will be able to access images regardless of EMR or technology they utilize.”

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.

A recent InMedica study reported iConnect Enterprise Archive as the world’s #1 vendor-neutral archive. As the industry’s first true standalone vendor-neutral archive, it 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 the implementations, Merge’s customers have integrated third-party PACS systems with iConnect Enterprise Archive.

Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system, enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party 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 26, 2012 I Written By

Merge to Unveil Mobile and Internet Platform for Patients at RSNA

Solutions to Demonstrate How Enterprise Imaging Solutions Support Achieving Meaningful Use Objectives

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, will unveil a national mobile and internet platform for consumers and demonstrate how enterprise imaging solutions support achieving Meaningful Use objectives at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in booth #4845.

Merge is showcasing a new mobile and Internet platform for consumers to select a radiologist, schedule an appointment and receive results electronically. The platform will also feature:

  • A mobile app for referring physicians to send patients to recommended imaging centers
  • A website for consumers to complete pre-work and schedule appointments
  • A cloud-based portal for imaging centers to share results with referring physicians and patients
  • Analytics for practices to maximize throughput

“We are proud of the fact that in 2011, 82 million imaging procedures were referred to current Merge customers,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Our goal with this new platform is to help close the loop between a referral and a patient receiving results while at the same time enabling our customers to grow their businesses to deliver the best patient care.”

This mobile and Internet platform will be available in early 2013 and will become the new merge.com. Users will be able to sign up at RSNA and will be notified once the portal is live.

Merge Accelerates Move to the Cloud with Merge Honeycomb™

Introduced last year at RSNA, Merge Honeycomb has seen rapid adoption with more than 3.3 million studies under contract in the cloud-based archive. Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. The applications currently available via Merge Honeycomb include:

  • Merge Honeycomb™ Archive: Store medical images securely in the cloud and access them from anywhere, any time
  • Merge Honeycomb™ Image Sharing: Free application that enables any user to upload, download, view and share medical images

“Image management in healthcare is very much in a state of reform, with HIPAA requiring providers to keep retrievable exact copies of health information including images and Meaningful Use requiring that information is sharable,” said Surges. “With our expertise developed from more than 20 years of managing medical images and leading technology, Merge is uniquely positioned to deliver a secure, efficient and accessible solution for archiving images in the cloud.”

Merge Showcases the Latest in Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability with iConnect®

Merge’s iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform is a suite of image interoperability solutions that improve workflow, reduce care delays and lower costs by enabling access to any image, anywhere, at any time, on any device. iConnect supports an enterprise-wide imaging strategy by providing access to medical images from any approved web-enabled device and facilitates the sharing of images between referring centers without the need for additional equipment or software. Components include:

  • iConnect® Access: A zero-download image viewer
  • iConnect® Share: An Internet-gateway capable of receiving and morphing studies from outside the enterprise, allowing for prompt electronic transfer of images
  • iConnect® Enterprise Archive: A vendor-neutral archive (VNA) to create a patient-centric record of images across all sites and modalities, enabling physicians to manage content from disparate storage solutions

“With current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians, the need for image sharing across the enterprise is more critical than ever,” continued Surges. “We’ve listened closely to clients such as Children’s Memorial, Ascension Health and Dignity Health, and have incorporated features that will significantly improve ease of use, reduce storage costs and streamline operational workflow.”

Merge Radiology Clients to Receive More than $14 Million in Incentive Funds in 2012

To date, more than 50 clients have already attested or are in the attestation process using the web-based, feature-rich Merge RIS solution. Merge RIS is used by hundreds of ambulatory care practices, imaging centers and radiology group practices to improve profitability and provide radiologists with the capability to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

“With more than 90% of radiologists able to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, it is essential that they develop a strategy to meet criteria, earn incentive funds and more importantly, avoid future penalties,” said Surges. “In fact, Merge clients have already received $3.1 million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars with an additional $10.9 million expected by the end of the year. This is powerful proof that Meaningful Use is relevant to radiology and that Merge solutions can help them successfully navigate the attestation process.”

Merge RIS provides the functionality needed to achieve Meaningful Use requirements, including:

  • Data collection: Gather mandated patient data intuitively within your preferred workflow
  • Reporting: Access pre-configured, easy-to-use reports to assist with Meaningful Use data submission
  • Patient portal: Provide patients with clinical summaries, electronic copies of their health information, educational information, reminders and more
  • ePrescribing: Qualify for reimbursement and deliver added value to patients

Merge Highlights Best in KLAS Cardiology Solutions

Merge Hemo™, a real-time documentation tool for the cardiac cath lab, was ranked #1 in KLAS in 2011. Merge Cardio™ provides a single view of a patient’s complete record across all cardiology modalities. Combined, these solutions allow access to simplified reporting tools and integration with the industry’s largest health information systems and EHRs for interoperable image exchange.

“Busy healthcare professionals don’t have time to jump between systems to locate critical patient data and images,” continued Surges. “Merge cardiology solutions allow for a single point of access from any web-enabled location to create reports more efficiently, improve workflow and help build referral business.”

Merge Demonstrates Latest Version of Merge PACS™

At RSNA Merge will be showcasing the most recent version of Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party systems.

“With Merge PACS, radiologists can accelerate workflow, enabling them to operate with fewer resources,” said Surges. “And the ability to quickly and easily communicate and document results with referring physicians improves treatment time and helps expand referral networks.”

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 17, 2012 I Written By