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Merge Healthcare Demonstrates iConnect(R) at HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase – #HIMSS12

HIMSS Demonstration Builds on Four Years of Successful IHE Connectathon Testing

CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Merge iConnect® will be featured at the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase (booth #11000) at this year’s HIMSS conference in Las Vegas, February 21-24.

“We’re proud that iConnect is part of the Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS, and of the collaborative effort that is taking place among healthcare IT vendors to ensure interoperability among the myriad of systems and interfaces hospitals use to share data,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Attendees will see first-hand how interoperable systems, like iConnect Access, communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable providers to use information more effectively.”

Merge iConnect Access provides a true “zero-footprint” image viewing capability and can be embedded into many third party products. iConnect Access is part of the iConnect portfolio, which is the only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. iConnect provides interoperable image exchange and management, and is an enabling technology that reduces or eliminates many barriers to efficiency in healthcare organizations.

Merge’s client base spans 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics. iConnect is in use at some of the largest and most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the third largest pediatric hospital in the U.S.; HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation; and DuPage Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in the country.

In addition to demonstrating iConnect Access at the Interoperability Showcase, Merge Healthcare will feature the following imaging and interoperability solutions at booth #1023:

  • iConnect® Share, an Internet-gateway capable of receiving and morphing studies from outside the enterprise, allowing for prompt electronic transfer of images (vs. burning and sending on a CD).
  • iConnect® VNA, a vendor neutral archive to create a patient-centric record of images across all sites and modalities, enabling physicians to manage content from disparate storage solutions.
  • Merge Honeycomb™, a cloud-based platform featuring free image sharing.
  • Merge Radiology Solutions, an end-to-end suite including Merge RIS™ (designed to meet Meaningful Use), Merge PACS™, Merge Financials™, Merge Documents™ and Merge Dashboards™.
  • Merge EHR, an electronic health record for image-intensive specialties, including OB, orthopedics and eye care.
  • Merge Cardio™, a cardiology image and information management system that supports all modalities, and Merge Hemo™, for real-time documentation.
  • Merge AIMS™, an electronic anesthesia information management system and Merge PreSurgical™, a pre-operative solution to gather patient date ad manage patient risk.

iConnect Completes IHE Connectathon 4 Consecutive Years

Merge iConnect Access successfully completed testing for all registered Integration Profiles at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Connectathon held last month in Chicago. Merge Healthcare tested successfully with 25 different vendors and its solutions were proven to meet all required functionality and interoperability requirements including the IHE ATNA security profile. Merge completed six IHE Integration Profiles, including Consistent Time (CT), Audit Trail and Node Authentication (ATNA), Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing-b (XDS.b), Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b), Patient Identifier Cross-Referencing (PIX) and Patient Demographics Query (PDQ). This confirms that Merge iConnect Access can be used in IHE XDS (Cross Enterprise Document Sharing) solutions including Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) around the world.

The IHE Connectathon is the healthcare IT industry’s only large-scale interoperability testing event. It provides detailed validation of the participants’ interoperability and compliance with IHE profiles. During the Connectathon systems exchange information with complementary systems from multiple vendors, performing all of the transactions required for the roles they have selected, called IHE Actors, in support of defined clinical use cases, called IHE Profiles. Thousands of vendor-to-vendor connections have been tested overall, and tens of thousands of transactions passed among the systems tested.

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.

February 22, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Demonstrates Enterprise Imaging and Solutions for Meaningful Use at RSNA

Merge Healthcare showcased many of their products at the annual conference of the Radiological Society of North America including: Merge Honeycomb, Merge iConnect, Merge RIS V7.0, Merge PACS, and CADstream Workshops for MRI studies.

Empowering providers to improve image interoperability and achieve Meaningful Use

RSNA 2011

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the solutions it is demonstrating at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in booth #6219 to help providers improve image interoperability and achieve Meaningful Use.

Merge Announces Move to the Cloud with Merge Honeycomb™

Merge Honeycomb is a new cloud-based platform that the company is proud to unveil at RSNA. In addition, Merge is announcing its first application in the cloud – free image sharing. With free image sharing, users can upload, download, view, and share medical images anywhere, anytime.

No additional software is needed to use the free image sharing application in Merge Honeycomb; it can be used from any device with a web browser including PCs, Macs, tablets and mobile devices.

With 6,000 clinics across the United States, Merge has the nation’s largest image sharing network opportunity. Merge Honeycomb will be launched in the first quarter of 2012. Users can sign up now for free accounts at http://www.merge.com/honeycomb.aspx and will be notified once live.

“Moving images to the cloud provides a number of operational benefits, including increased storage capacity and availability,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Plus, it reduces costs and IT complexities as images are shared safely and securely over the Internet.”

Merge Enables Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability with Merge iConnect®

Merge iConnect is a suite of image interoperability solutions that can 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:

  • Merge iConnect® Access: A zero-download, browser-based image viewer
  • Merge iConnect® Share: An Internet-gateway capable of receiving and morphing studies from outside the enterprise, allowing for prompt electronic transfer of images (vs. burning and sending on a CD)
  • Merge iConnect® VNA: A vendor neutral archive to create a patient-centric record of images and data across all sites and modalities, enabling physicians to manage content from disparate storage solutions
  • Merge iConnect® Kiosk: A patient check-in device to automate the front office

“We’re excited to showcase the latest developments in the iConnect suite, which include more powerful interfaces and increased functionality,” continued Surges. “We’ve listened closely to clients such as Children’s Memorial Hospital, HealthPartners and Catholic Healthcare West, and have incorporated features that will significantly improve ease of use and streamline operational workflow.”

Merge Showcases Radiology-Specific, Complete EHR Certified for Meaningful Use: Merge RIS™ v7.0

Merge RIS is a web-based, feature-rich information system used by hundreds of ambulatory care practices, imaging centers and radiology group practices. Merge RIS provides radiologists 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. “And now that Merge RIS has received the federal government’s Meaningful Use ‘stamp of approval,’ providers can utilize our single, radiology-specific solution to demonstrate MU.”

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

  • Data collection: Gather mandated patient data intuitively
  • 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

Merge Demonstrates Anywhere, Anytime Image Access with Merge PACS™

Merge PACS enables you to store and access images from any Web-based device so you can review and share images and data more efficiently. Radiologists can read, review, archive and share images and reports from a common user interface.

“With Merge PACS, radiologists can enhance clinical, operational and administrative functions,” said Surges. “It enables them to operate with fewer resources, improve workflow efficiency and deliver faster results to referring physicians.”

Merge Hosts Hands-On CADstream™ Workshops for MRI Studies

With Merge CADstream, providers can automate the analysis, reporting and interventional planning of their MRI studies for breast, liver and prostate and benefit from higher quality imaging studies, lower costs and improved communication with referring physicians.

Merge will be hosting hands-on CADstream workshops for MRI study interpretation and reporting at RSNA in booth #6265.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. 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.

Merge Honeycomb as described herein is a works-in-progress. Merge Healthcare is not legally obligated to develop or continue to develop such works-in-progress that may include the features and functionality described herein.

December 3, 2011 I Written By

Sisters of Mercy Adds iConnect to Growing Portfolio of Merge Solutions

One of the Midwest’s largest health systems to utilize Merge’s iConnect solution for faster, more robust image interoperability

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today that Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO, will utilize its iConnect software suite to provide physicians at their 200+ locations access to any image, anywhere, at any time.

Mercy has added iConnect Access and iConnect Share to its existing portfolio of Merge radiology and cardiology imaging solutions. iConnect Access is a true zero-client solution. With its browser-based solution it provides access to medical images from any approved Web-enabled device. And with iConnect Share they can now quickly accept studies from outside entities and offer clinical viewing of these studies before the patient is even transferred to or travels to Mercy.

“We’ve been a client of Merge’s for many years, utilizing both their radiology and cardiology solutions,” said Dennis Shelley, Director of Mercy Technology Services. “With their iConnect solution, we will be able to easily integrate with our existing EPIC EMR, and have solved a workflow issue directly related to sharing images and information with outside rural hospitals and imaging clinics.”

iConnect offers benefits to both the physician and the patient. The hospital will reap cost-savings on the production, storage, and transportation of film/CDs. Patients will benefit as well via the expedited transport of their diagnostic record, which will save time, money, and possibly an unnecessary trip or costly transport from an outside facility. Physicians benefit through easy access to images.

“Merge’s iConnect solution is the foundation of an enterprise-wise imaging strategy,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With our image interoperability solution, providers now have access to images regardless of their location – significantly improving workflow for physicians in and out of Mercy.”

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is the 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 and orthopaedics; 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.

About Mercy

Mercy – Sisters of Mercy Health System – is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 28 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 36,000 co-workers and 1,400 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

July 29, 2011 I Written By

Merge Leads $1B Stimulus Funding Opportunity for Radiologists

Ninety percent of all radiologists are considered eligible professionals to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, which means more than $1 billion could be available for the diagnostic imaging community1. Merge Healthcare is leading the way in helping radiologists discover their Meaningful Use potential by pursuing certification for Merge RIS v7.0 to support the Stage 1 requirements.

Regional Medical Imaging (RMI) selects Merge to meet Meaningful Use requirements

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE), a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, today announced that Regional Medical Imaging (RMI), a full-service imaging organization based in Flint, Michigan, has selected Merge for its imaging interoperability and Meaningful Use needs.

“Helping visionary organizations like RMI achieve their goals is Merge’s priority,” said Jeff Surges, Merge’s CEO. “As the leading provider of imaging and financial solutions to the radiology market we are committed to driving the effort towards Meaningful Use for all of our clients.”

RMI will leverage Merge RIS™ v7.0 to meet Meaningful Use requirements. Ninety percent of all radiologists are considered eligible professionals to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, which means more than $1 billion could be available for the diagnostic imaging community1. Merge Healthcare is leading the way in helping radiologists discover their Meaningful Use potential by pursuing certification for Merge RIS v7.0 to support the Stage 1 requirements.

“We selected Merge because we have developed a true partnership,” said Dr. Randy Hicks, one of the founding partners of RMI. “Merge enables us to leverage our existing investment while providing complete solutions to qualify for Meaningful Use and deliver enterprise interoperability. These initiatives add measurable value to our business.” Based on 13 eligible providers and other incentives, RMI expects to see more than $600,000 in return from its Meaningful Use initiative alone.

RMI will also use Merge iConnect™ Access, Merge iConnect™ Share and Merge iConnect™ Kiosk to create image interoperability. The iConnect solution suite will enable RMI to share diagnostic quality images across their enterprise, eliminate CDs, enable mobile devices, attract and keep their referral base, and create operational efficiency.

1Diagnostic Imaging, October 13, 2010

Merge Healthcare Incorporated develops and integrates information technology to create a better electronic healthcare experience. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to sophisticated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

Regional Medical Imaging, P.C. was established more than 25 years ago and has been providing superior patient care to Genesee County and surrounding areas. RMI’s five locations are uniquely positioned to provide Mid-Michigan with the highest level of expertise in radiology available. Additional information can be found at www.rmipc.net.

April 21, 2011 I Written By

Merge Healthcare will unveil Merge iConnect

Despite advances in health information technology, why are patients still arriving at doctors offices with CDs containing diagnostic images (and in some cases, large film envelopes!)

One would assume a doctor could readily access x-ray, CT or other diagnostic images.  Just open the electronic health record, click a button and there’s the image.  Unfortunately, this is not the case – and your readers may want to know why.

Timely, cost-effective storage and sharing of diagnostic images is one of today’s major HIT challenges.

Consider this:

Ø       More than 700M imaging studies are done annually in US.

Ø       An average hospital system stores more than 4M patient images (100 terabytes of data.)

Ø       Even if an image has recently been secured, when patients travel between facilities, clinicians often re-order tests – -creating unnecessary expense and radiation exposure.

New technology is evolving to overcome this challenge – and early adopters such as UMass Memorial Medical Center, are leading the way.  Thanks to Merge Healthcare’s iConnect solution, nearly 700 of their physicians are now viewing images in their newly “image-enabled” Allscripts EHR.

At HIMSS 2011, Merge Healthcare (Booth #3348, Hall E) will unveil Merge iConnect, an image exchange software suite that facilitates the cost-effective sharing of diagnostic content, and provides real-time image access via any Web-enabled device.

Using an IHE compliant architecture, Merge iConnect is available in a series of vendor-agnostic modules that include:

- a zero-footprint image sharing platform — eliminates VPNs, pre-configured DICOM connections, CD transport, etc.
- a zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer for anytime/anywhere mobile access — physicians are no longer tethered to desktop computers to view diagnostic quality images
- a vendor neutral archive to consolidate diagnostic imaging data for all “‘ologies,” departments, and locations — medical images and reports are secure and easily accessible in a non-proprietary format
- a comprehensive interoperability platform that enables sharing and viewing of content across a set of heterogeneous patient IDs, source systems and data types — leverages works-in-progress from Merge including Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI)* and Master Data Management (MDM)* solutions
- self check-in kiosk technology with unique avatar-based, live-assist functionality — automates data capture earlier in the workflow process, eliminates paper, optimizes staff efficiency

Merge is unique in that the company offers a modular approach, enabling organizations to leverage existing technology investments and build interoperability at their own pace.  While many excellent niche solutions exist in the market to address image exchange and management, Merge is the only vendor offering a comprehensive solution suite with proven technologies and the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of modularity.

As a founding member of the long-standing DICOM standard and today’s largest vendor of DICOM toolkits, Merge has a rich, 20-year history of advancements in interoperability.  Today, while focusing deeply on image exchange, the company will also showcase some of our newest solutions across the healthcare landscape at HIMSS, including:

·         Radiology (RIS/PACS , revenue financial management, CAD for MRI)

·         Cardiology (digital integrated cardiovascular record, cath lab workflow and knowledge management)

·         Surgery (perioperative clinical information management, anesthesia information management)

·         Lab (clinical laboratory information system software and connectivity)

·         Clinical Trials (EDC, IVR/IWR, eDiaries)

Merge’s solutions for OEMS, VARs and distributors will also be presented.

Merge will participate in the 2011 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase (in conjunction with IHE), and is again one of the only radiology-centric vendors involved.

February 23, 2011 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.

Merge Healthcare to Showcase Image Interoperability Platform at HIMSS 2011

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE), a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, will have a multi-faceted presence at the upcoming Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting in Orlando February 20-24, 2011. The Merge iConnect™ platform will be showcased in the exhibit hall via the Merge booth and theater, as well as the IHE Interoperability Showcase.

Merge iConnect™ is an integrated software suite that facilitates the sharing of diagnostic content and results across the continuum of care. While there are many niche imaging solutions in the market, Merge iConnect is a comprehensive solution suite that delivers true, interoperable image exchange and management by providing the capabilities to share both DICOM and Non-DICOM data within a single infrastructure. In order to better educate customers about the iConnect platform, Merge has built a theater into the exhibit booth and will have scheduled demonstrations at the show.

Merge iConnect components recently passed conformance testing at the IHE North American Connectathon, held in Chicago during January. iConnect Access™ participated as an IHE compliant XDS Image Viewer, while Merge’s eMPI was rigorously tested as an IHE PIX Manager and IHE PDQ Supplier. Both products successfully completed all testing, including security requirements as defined by the IHE ATNA profile, and interoperability with over 30 other vendor products and solutions during the Connectathon. This success qualifies Merge to be part of the 2011 HIMSS IHE Interoperability Showcase, demonstrating products in numerous “real-life” situations within the showcase.

“Image interoperability is critical to delivering true coordinated care”, said Jeff Surges, Merge CEO. “We’re certainly proud of thoroughly passing all IHE conformance testing for our iConnect platform. The iConnect solution makes completing the health record a reality for patients and providers”

In addition to the iConnect solution suite, Merge will demonstrate its clinical product lines, including solutions for radiology, CAD, cardiology, perioperative, laboratory and clinical trials. Merge will also showcase solutions for vendors, including its gold standard DICOM and HL7 Toolkits, as well as new capabilities in instrument connectivity.

Merge solutions can be found in the Exhibit Hall at booth #3348 and in the Interoperability Showcase at booth #7343. More information can be found at http://www.merge.com/events/HIMSS/2011/index.asp. The iConnect Theater Presentation schedule is as follows:

Date
Time
Monday, February 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST)
Tuesday, February 22 10:00 -11:00 AM (EST)
Tuesday, February 22 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EST)
Wednesday, February 23 10:00 -11:00 AM (EST)
Wednesday, February 23 3:00 – 4:00 PM (EST)

Merge Healthcare develops software solutions that automate healthcare data and diagnostic workflow to create a more comprehensive electronic record of the patient experience. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to fully integrated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

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February 19, 2011 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.

New Imaging Interoperability Solution: Merge iConnect

Merge Healthcare Deploys New Imaging Interoperability Solution at UMass Memorial Health Care

Merge iConnect™ application integrates with electronic health record

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, successfully deployed an imaging distribution solution for the physicians of UMass Memorial Health Care, an academic medical center with five facilities serving Central New England. iConnect Access™ gives physicians the ability to view medical images directly from their electronic health record.

”We are thrilled with the success we’ve experienced using the iConnect Access viewer,” says William Corbett, MD, Vice President Community Practices for UMass Memorial Health Care. “Now, every physician has the ability to view images wherever needed, right within our Allscripts EHR. This provides our clinicians significant benefit over just having access to the written report, while also enhancing their interactions with our patients.”

Merge’s iConnect™ Access is a zero-footprint, zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer that enables diagnostic quality image review for referring physicians. The viewer is part of the broader Merge iConnect solution, an interoperability suite that allows providers to view existing images and content, regardless of the multiple applications in which the images are stored. Integrating iConnect into broader HIT systems, such as EHRs, enables physicians to have a complete view of the patient, including images, results, demographics and more.

“We’ve previously partnered with Merge for our cardiology imaging applications so we knew we could leverage their expertise to deliver the images our physicians need at the point of care,” said Richard Cramer, Associate CIO for Operations for UMass Memorial Health Care. “Merge’s image distribution integration with our EHR was a seamless fit with our other solutions and has greatly improved the clinical workflow for our physicians.”

“Our partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care is exciting as it demonstrates the power the images play in truly delivering a connected community,” explains Merge CEO Jeff Surges. “Meaningful Use requirements will increasingly include distribution of diagnostic testing results. Medical images are tough to manage, and Merge has this figured out. As this successful deployment at UMass Memorial Health Care demonstrates, we can now help providers better meet Meaningful Use and deliver more timely patient care”

Merge Healthcare develops and integrates information technology to create a better electronic healthcare experience. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to sophisticated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete healthcare continuum with UMass Memorial Medical Center, its academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For more information visit www.umassmemorial.org.

The matters discussed in this news release may include forward-looking statements, which could involve a number of risks and uncertainties. When used in this press release, the words “will”, “believes”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “expects” and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements.

January 24, 2011 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.