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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

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) Membership Exceeds 400 Mark

Sponsor TeraMedica Cites Expected Growth in VNA Technology 

(MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin - June 22nd, 2012) The Vendor Neutral Architecture Institute of Technology (VNAIT), the first and only online educational community dedicated to VNA technology, announces that it has surpassed the 400 membership mark this month.

VNAIT is dedicated to providing medical professionals with up-to-date information on archiving technologies based on open, universal IT standards that will promote the sharing of patient information across healthcare boundaries as well as enhance the long-term management, safety and security of this data. Operating since 2010, the VNAIT was founded and is sponsored by TeraMedica, Inc., the leading provider of vendor neutral, enterprise-wide solutions for unrestricted medical image management.

In addition to a surge in membership, heightened interest in the VNA has attracted a growing number of corporate sponsors to the organization. IBM is among the most recent new supporters.

“VNAs are predicted to store 31% of all new studies worldwide within four years, according to a major new report by InMedica, a leading independent provider of market research and consultancy to the global medical electronics industry,” says Del Coufal, Vice President of Marketing of TeraMedica. “This growing recognition of the importance of the VNA, particularly in today’s age of meaningful use, has likely been an important factor in the recent rise in the Institute’s membership and will continue to fuel its growth.”

Coufal points out that the InMedica report found that healthcare providers are implementing VNAs for a variety of reasons, from saving on future data migration costs and enhanced data mining across departments and IT systems to data sharing beyond the enterprise.

InMedica classifies VNA architecture in various levels to indicate its ability to meet these goals. A Level 1 VNA minimizes PACS image data storage and migration costs to a new system. In addition to this, a Level 2 VNA will also support the sharing of images across multiple locations in a community or hospital group. A Level 3.1 VNA uses special XDS protocols to integrate non-DICOM clinical data storage in a standardized way to facilitate much broader clinical document sharing across both the enterprise and multiple unrelated locations.

“All of these VNA levels vary in cost and IT complexity,” notes Coufal. “TeraMedica’s Evercore technology, for example, provides an advanced level of 3.1 VNA architecture by providing XDS support. Sites that want to store and share reports, prescriptions and non-DICOM medical records with DICOM headers need to understand that XDS will be an important factor in appropriately planning and supporting these goals. Today, decisions on IT system implementation can involve multiple departments, and a firm understanding of the technology is crucial. Providing this type of information in an objective fashion is key to the mission of the VNAIT.”

According to Coufal, in recent months, TeraMedica has also experienced an elevated level of interest in its Evercore product. “I believe that healthcare’s growing understanding of the nuances of the VNAs is driving a demand for a more robust product such as TeraMedica’ Evercore,” he says. “Our XDS features promote image sharing, enable users to address meaningful use issues today, while keeping them poised for the future.”

About VNA Institute of Technology

Operated by TeraMedica, Inc., the mission of the VNA Institute of Technology (VNAIT) is to provide healthcare professionals with the most up-to-date industry information in a convenient online setting. The Institute was designed to fill a void of available education on healthcare informatics. By taking the learner beyond DICOM, toward meaningful use (ARRA) and other global health initiatives, VNAIT’s end goal is to educate the industry. This offering is just the first step in an unparalleled recognition of industry demands for flexible, customer-built, patient-centric solutions for the emerging reality of personalized medicine. To enroll, visit www.vnait.org.

About TeraMedica® Inc.TeraMedica, Inc., a global healthcare informatics company based in Milwaukee, is the leading provider of vendor neutral, enterprise-wide solutions for unrestricted medical image management. The company was launched in 2001 with the successful development of a cross-departmental, patient-centric clinical image archive for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. To date, TeraMedica has over 600 customer-driven deployments on six continents. Such flexibility can be achieved only by an organization that is committed to exceeding customer expectations using a technology platform that has been designed for adaptation. For more information, visit www.TeraMedica.com.

July 8, 2012 I Written By