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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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Merge Healthcare Releases Image Archiving in the Cloud Via Merge Honeycomb(TM)

Cloud Storage Expected to Account for 35% of Future VNA Image Study Storage by 2015*

CHICAGO, May 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today the release of Merge Honeycomb Archive, a new image archiving application available within its cloud-based platform.

“With imaging accounting for up to 90% of all data stored in electronic health records, it is clear that image availability and exchange is critical to delivering quality patient care,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Add in privacy rules that require storage of electronic health data, including digital images, and you see how the need to securely and cost-effectively store and share medical images has grown – specifically in the cloud.”

Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. Merge’s newest cloud-based application, 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, HITECH and other privacy requirements.

Merge Honeycomb Archive provides the attractive feature of scalability. As an organization’s storage needs increase, they can simply add capacity in Merge Honeycomb Archive. Another benefit of Merge Honeycomb Archive is its ability to eliminate the management and maintenance of onsite hardware, and the challenges associated with power, cooling and bandwidth. And because it is sold via a SaaS-based payment model, it removes the burden of having to make large, upfront capital expenditures typically related to hardware and software purchases, and meets the increasing demand for a ‘per click, per study’ model.

Image archiving is the second application available with Merge Honeycomb. Merge Honeycomb Image Sharing was the first application, which enables users to upload, download, view and share medical images. With Merge Honeycomb Image Sharing, users can learn the history of a recent imaging event or review prior studies before a current imaging exam simply by connecting to the Image Sharing network and requesting images from or sharing images with other providers or even with patients.

Merge Cloud Solutions consist of the Merge Honeycomb web application; iConnect Access, a zero-download DICOM image viewer; iConnect Share, an Internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises; and iConnect VNA, a vendor neutral archive which can be utilized to create an enterprise imaging strategy backbone. Merge Honeycomb interfaces with iConnect Share via secure web services to coordinate study uploads and to query uploaded studies.

To sign up for a free account with Merge Honeycomb, visit www.merge.com/honeycomb.

*InMedica study, “World Market for Medical Enterprise Data Storage – Vendor-Neutral Archiving (VNA)” 2012.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

May 11, 2012 I Written By