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Merge Seeing Rapid Adoption of New OrthoPACS Solution

More Than 650 Providers Select New Image Management and Digital Templating Solution

CHICAGO, March 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced more than 650 orthopedic surgeons at more than 50 practices already have or in the process of implementing Merge OrthoPACSTM, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics. In addition, many of the more than 500 practices that are using legacy technology from Merge plan to upgrade to Merge OrthoPACS in 2013.

“In 2012, we announced the release of Merge OrthoPACS, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With the large number of practices that have already decided to upgrade, it means there are already hundreds of surgeons taking advantage of this new solution. We’re extremely pleased to see this rapid adoption and it successfully demonstrates our large investment and commitment to the orthopedic market.”

OrthoVirginia recently decided to upgrade to the new Merge OrthoPACS. “For us the most important thing was the underlying technology and our ability to quickly and smoothly upgrade,” explained Taylor Mawyer, IT Manager for OrthoVirginia. “We know that the solution is sound and that Merge has been a leader in imaging for many years. The new, additional functionality was very welcome, but it all came down the ability for Merge to smoothly move us from our Styker Office PACS 4.1 to this next generation solution.”

Merge OrthoPACS, a comprehensive image management and digital templating solution for orthopedics, lets orthopedic surgeons access images taken at multiple locations in a single viewer, diagnose from anywhere at anytime, plan for surgery with digital templating, and securely archive studies. Orthopedic surgeons will find that the new solution seamlessly fits into and enhances their current workflow. For example:

−  Orthopedic-specific workflows are built into Merge OrthoPACS, from clinic use to the operating room.

−  The Merge OrthoPACS zero-footprint client viewer can be the sole viewer for an orthopedic practice. That means reading images will be no different whether a surgeon reads from their workstation, their iPad, or another device.

−  The Merge OrthoPACS viewer also provides access to pre-surgical templating, including advanced measurements and automated hip templating.

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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March 27, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

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.

The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

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.

February 15, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

Arnot Health Selects Merge for Cardiac Imaging and Informatics Solution

Integrated Solution Delivers Streamlined Enterprise-Wide Cardiology Workflow

 

CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Arnot Ogden Medical Center, a member of Arnot Health, will implement Merge’s complete cardiology solution suite to capture, manage and display multi-modality cardiac images, and hemodynamics and ECG data across its enterprise.

“Arnot Health serves as a hub for all of the rural communities in our service area, so we needed a solution that would eliminate the manual transfer of studies from mobile services,” explained Rich Hoffman, Vice President of Operations, Arnot Ogden Medical Center. “We believe that Merge CardioTM will help us deliver substantial workflow efficiencies to optimize physicians’ time while Merge HemoTM will provide a streamlined environment for managing and reporting on all cath lab procedures to enhance our quality control.”

“As a cardiologist, I need to have access to a patient’s complete cardiology record to ensure I make the most informed medical decisions,” said Nishith Admin, M.D. “With Merge’s solutions, I will now be able to see cardiology images, data and reports wherever I am. Having this type of access is immensely beneficial.”

“We are pleased that Arnot Ogden has selected Merge solutions for their cardiology imaging and workflow needs,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “By implementing our entire cardiology suite, they have solutions that will increase image access and exchange, deliver significant workflow efficiencies, all while decreasing overall costs.”

The Merge Cardiology suite includes Merge Cardio, an enterprise-level image and information system that provides a single point of entry to the patient’s complete cardio record spanning  all cardiac modalities and Merge Hemo, which automates the cath lab process into an electronic patient record with a simplified touch-screen interface and automated reporting. Merge Hemo was recently named the “Category Leader” in the “2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report for Cardiology Hemodynamics rankings for the second consecutive year.

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.

The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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.

February 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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’s Hemodynamic System Ranked Number 1 Category Leader in KLAS for Second Straight Year

“2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” Report States 94% of Merge Hemo Clients Would Purchase System Again
CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Merge Hemo™ has been named the “Category Leader” in the “2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services” report for Cardiology Hemodynamics rankings for the second consecutive year.

Currently running in over 500 cardiac cath labs in some of the country’s largest health systems, Merge Hemo captures real-time data and documents procedural events to enable efficient workflow. “We are extremely proud that Merge Hemo has maintained its number one status with KLAS for two years running,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “We have worked diligently to ensure Merge Hemo provides seamless EHR integration, enhances workflow and reporting and provides quality patient care. We are pleased to be recognized for our innovative solution, and for our customers to rank us number one is a significant accomplishment.”

Merge Hemo provides physicians and staff the ability to capture information through a simple touch-screen user interface at the point of care, leading to enhanced reporting and care. Because the data captured on Merge Hemo can be easily integrated with EHRs, cath lab information is cohesively incorporated into the overall electronic patient chart, leading to a more complete record.

KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overview about the healthcare industry. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance.

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.

January 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 and Fysicon Strengthen Partnership for BeNeLux

Netherlands image exchange leader will distribute additional Merge solutions

Zorg & ICT Congress 2011

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ:MRGE), a global corporation dedicated to health IT interoperability solutions, today announced the expansion of its existing software relationship with Fysicon, the dominant Dutch distributor of medical imaging solutions for radiology and cardiology. Fysicon will customize Merge solutions to improve its specific portfolio of image management products for the BeNeLux market.

“We have built a strong relationship with Merge over the past year,” explained Bert Elberse, CEO of Fysicon, “and we rely on them to bring us the latest, proven image management technology. The Merge solutions are a perfect fit with our customers’ current needs for easy access to images, review tools and better storage capabilities.”

With over 95% market share for medical image & report exchange in the Netherlands, Fysicon has moved more than 60 million images through its EVOCS® image management portal. The Merge solution will improve EVOCS® by adding in more sophisticated image review tools and a zero client footprint. Fysicon will introduce the customized new viewer under the name “EVOCS® Advanced Webviewer”. In addition, Fysicon is working with Merge on bringing a VNA (Vendor Neutral Archive) option to EVOCS®, which would provide customers with image storage capabilities that stretch across radiology and cardiology systems. Finally, Fysicon is evaluating the Merge kiosk technology for use as a patient check-in solution for medical imaging procedures.

“Having an agile and successful partner like Fysicon invest in these Merge solutions, which we sell directly under the iConnect Access™, iConnect VNA™ and iConnect Kiosk™ brands, is a further testament to the power of this solution set,” said Jeff Surges, Merge CEO. “Fysicon has an impressive track record of bringing the right solutions to their market, and Merge clearly provides the technology these imaging customers need. I am delighted to see the quick traction this solution set is gaining around the world.”

Fysicon will be showcasing the new solutions at the Zorg & ICT Congress in Utrecht, the Netherlands from March 16-18th. They can be found in booth 08.F025.

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.

Fysicon is the market leader when it comes to developing sophisticated e-portal user-friendly software, designed to capture, archive and transmit medical images, but also advanced monitoring systems. Our products can be found throughout the world, from hospitals to research institutions. Trusted by medical professionals, from doctors to consultants, researchers to technicians, this is why we are the first choice for all leading institutions. Fysicon is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO13485:2003 +AC 2009 certified company. Information can be found at www.fysicon.com.

March 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 Announces Win for New Imaging Interoperability Platform

Radiology Associates of Sacramento to deploy iConnect Access™

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, today announced that Radiology Associates of Sacramento (RAS), the largest private radiology practice in Northern California, has expanded their Merge solution suite to include Merge iConnect™.

“In today’s healthcare enterprise, broad interoperability is a requirement,” explained Craig Roy, Chief Information Officer of RAS. “Radiology has been digital forever, but many practices were built as silos of information. We see real value in the Merge iConnect strategy of providing a complete solution for bringing our diagnostic content into any healthcare record. We started with the Merge PACS solution for digital imaging within radiology, and added their vendor neutral archive (VNA) to help with image management across the enterprise. However, RAS was using a different vendor for our image distribution. The result was that we had to use a separate cache of images. We just moved to iConnect Access, and so far we are very pleased with the results.”

Merge iConnect is an interoperability suite that allows providers to view current and historical images and content, regardless of the multiple applications in which the images are stored. Access to diagnostic information at the point of patient care is important for detecting and monitoring the progression of disease while enabling faster treatment and reducing duplicate exams. iConnect Access is a critical component, providing a zero-footprint, zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer that enables diagnostic quality image review for referring physicians.

Diagnostic imaging is widely regarded as one of the most important advances in medicine, yet the images are often not available on demand at the point of care. “Merge saw a real need in the market to provide end-to-end imaging interoperability for forward-thinking providers such as RAS,” explains CEO Jeff Surges. “While there are a number of niche players in the market, no one else has the experience, expertise and client footprint to deliver a complete solution that meets all requirements of image exchange and management.”

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.

RAS is Northern California’s premier provider of specialty healthcare services. Our core services include radiology, interventional / neurointerventional radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, hematology / medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, thoracic surgery, urology, vein treatment and vascular surgery. Established in 1917, RAS provides quality healthcare to patients through multiple outpatient locations in four Sacramento area counties.

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 12, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 Upgraded to NASDAQ Global Select Market

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merge Healthcare Incorporated (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, today announced that it was upgraded by NASDAQ to the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Introduced in 2006 as the top of three NASDAQ market tiers, the Global Select Market was designed for public companies that meet the highest listing standards in the world, using metrics such as market value, liquidity, and earnings.

“We are very proud to become a member of this top tier market”

“We are very proud to become a member of this top tier market,” said Jeff Surges, Merge CEO. “Our upgrade to the NASDAQ Global Select Market is a validation of the results we have delivered to date and the growth opportunity in front of us. In addition, it recognizes our strict adherence to corporate governance standards.”

According to NASDAQ, this blue chip market drives visibility and recognition of NASDAQ’s world-class listed companies and their commitment to high standards and good governance. Inclusion in the NASDAQ Global Select Market is a mark of achievement, leadership and stature, and sends an important message to investors.

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.

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 4, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.