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Merge Unveils eClinical OS(TM) Marketplace and Mobile Applications at DIA

Customers Will Benefit From Electronic Document Translation, Study-Specific Training Videos, and Real Time Mobile Analytics and Visualization

CHICAGO, June 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced the eClinical OS™ Marketplace, extending its clinical trial platform to connect customers with premier industry service providers. In the latest release of eClinical OS, Marketplace allows customers to request and receive services directly from within study workflows, further enabling study sponsors and CROs to run studies more efficiently. The newest release also introduces Trial Connect, a new mobile alerts and reporting application for accessing study metrics on the go.

This connectivity further supports the company’s focus on improving study efficiency with shorter deployment times and more cost effective trial design. Users will be able to electronically request and receive document language translation, embed interactive study-specific training and patient education videos, and access real-time clinical data visualization, analytics and reporting through any mobile device.

“We’re integrating and delivering services from other best in class providers via eClinical OS; creating unprecedented value and efficiency in the industry’s leading digital clinical platform,” said Zaher El-Assi, General Manager, eClinical Solutions for Merge.

“New releases of our platform will both advance eClinical OS features and aggressively expand what’s possible for our customers within a single, cloud study solution via the Marketplace. The aggregation of premium services and software – true partnerships that provide seamless benefit to users in the cloud – enable us to deliver efficiencies that significantly improve and accelerate the clinical trials process.”

Merge integrates with TransPerfect to offer electronic transmission of documents and system text for translations within eClinical OS

Merge and TransPerfect, a premier provider of translation services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare companies, have partnered to streamline the translation of critical documents for global studies.

Expanding its commitment to global trials beyond support for 25 languages and real-time helpdesk interpreting, Merge eClinical now offers on-demand translation of Case Report Forms and supporting documents.

“Merge eClinical customers can now seamlessly request the translation of Case Report Forms, and their supporting documents directly from within their eClinical OS study,” explained El-Assi.

Translation is available by clicking a link next to an uploaded document. The document is pushed to TransPerfect for translation, then returned within eClinical OS.

“TransPerfect is a prime example of what we’re doing with the eClinical OS Marketplace,” continued El-Assi. “Take a premium third-party capability, which used to require a separate upload, purchase, and delivery process, and embed it within the eClinical OS study workflow. We’re able to remove steps, decrease costs and margin for error, and increase efficiency.”

Merge partners with Comprehend Systems to provide clinical data visualization, analytics and reporting

Merge and Comprehend Systems, Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end clinical data insights, partner to enable real-time analytics and visualization across multiple studies tracked within eClinical OS.

“Our partnership with Comprehend improves the way clinical researchers access, understand, explore and analyze data,” said El-Assi. “Non-technical users can create ad-hoc reports and visualizations in real-time, from numerous sources and across different trials.”

Merge eClinical OS customers will be able to use Comprehend Clinical™ analytics tools, including highlights, filters, graphs and visualizations to create, save, and share eClinical OS reports and interactive dashboards.

“Comprehend specializes in bringing intuitive data insights to clinical trials,” added El-Assi, “and is a perfect fit for eClinical OS, which exists to improve efficiency, support better decisions, and drive results.”

Merge integrates with Emmi Solutions to provide interactive training tools within eClinical OS

Merge and Emmi Solutions, a market leader in interactive solutions to achieve meaningful business and clinical outcomes, will partner to integrate high-quality, interactive training presentation within eClinical OS.

“With Emmi, our customers can create and embed interactive, on-demand training modules within eClinical OS workflows,” continued El-Assi. “eClinical OS already allows customers to build entire training programs, design and deliver comprehension tests, and track results.”

“We expect the combination of using interactive content and our strong training and competency tracking features to improve study performance for our customers, while supporting FDA and quality compliance requirements.”

Merge eClinical OS customers will be able to embed their own content, or take advantage of content made available in eClinical OS by Merge or other approved partners. Training requirements are presented to users within their eClinical OS workflow, based on site, role, or other training criteria.

“Our goal is to offer not only the tools customers need to develop and track training requirements, but for our Marketplace to serve as the leading online content provider for everything clinical trials,” concluded El-Assi.

Merge releases new mobile application for eClinical OS

In addition to aggregating premier service offerings to streamline the clinical trials process, the latest version of eClinical OS brings Trial Connect, a mobile alerts and reporting companion application, allowing users to review study data directly from any mobile web-enabled device.

“With eClinical OS Trial Connect, our clients now have a convenient way to stay connected with their team and their active studies while on the go,” said El-Assi. “Whether they need to share metrics with key stakeholders, or just want to stay in the loop while traveling, they now have critical study data at their fingertips.”

Merge will be showcasing eClinical OS’ latest enhancements at the upcoming DIA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, booth #619.

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 25 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

About Comprehend Systems

Comprehend Systems, Inc. was formed in 2010 in California by an entrepreneurial team that has several decades of combined experience with clinical trials and software development. The company’s mission is to create Software-as-a-Service tools that help understand, explore, and analyze data across multiple, disparate datasources. For more information, visit comprehend.com.

About Emmi Solutions

Emmi’s proprietary interactive communication methodology delivers actionable health information to patients via multiple modalities – including computers, mobile phones and tablets – at key moments across the continuum of care. Emmi’s ability to connect with patients in language they understand at a time they are ready to learn and through the devices they already own has been demonstrated to help healthcare providers reduce costs, increase revenue and improve outcomes. The patented platform allows providers to track the delivery and consumption of information to measure the clinical and financial impact of patient engagement and meet regulatory guidelines. The web-based platform requires no installation or maintenance and can be used in stand-alone mode or fully integrated into existing systems. Learn more by visiting emmisolutions.com.

About TransPerfect

TransPerfect is the world’s premier provider of translation services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare companies. The team is comprised of linguistic experts with proven technical and scientific know-how, supported by ISO 9001:2008 and EN 15038:2006 certified quality management system. For more information, visit transperfect.com

June 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.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System Selects iConnect(R) Access and iConnect Enterprise Archive

Vendor-Neutral Archive Consolidates Silos and Provides Access to Any Image, Anywhere, Any Time

CHICAGO, June 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that St. Mary’s Healthcare System has selected Merge’s iConnect Access and iConnect Enterprise Archive to support their enterprise imaging strategy.

“Since we already use many Merge solutions including Merge PACS™, Merge Cardio™ and Merge Hemo™ across our enterprise, Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Archive was a natural extension of our long-standing partnership,” explained Brain Duncan, Manager of Radiology Services at St. Mary’s. “Furthermore, we selected Merge’s vendor-neutral archive because we believe that by using the information life cycle management polices within the enterprise archive, we will see extensive storage cost savings both now and well into the future.”

“Additionally, as we work closely with referring providers in the Athens area, we need to get data to others quickly and easily. Because iConnect Access is a zero-footprint, web-based viewer, referring physicians can view images anywhere, including on mobile devices, which has made my life a lot easier,” added Duncan. “Plus, iConnect Access image-enables our Meditech EMR to ensure that we’re ready to meet the Stage Two requirements of Meaningful Use.”

“We are pleased to see a longstanding client like St. Mary’s standardize on Merge solutions throughout their enterprise,” added Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “The combination of iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Access will further extend the value of their existing Merge solutions and ensure that their imaging strategy can scale to meet the growing needs for their owned and referring physician communities.”

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 (VNA) 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 VNA, storing over 15 billion images. As the industry’s first true standalone VNA, 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 with iConnect Enterprise Archive.

*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.

June 19, 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.

St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates Selects Merge’s Radiology Suite

Replaces Existing System With Merge Solutions for Information and Image Management

CHICAGO, May 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that St. Joseph’s Imaging of Syracuse, NY has selected Merge’s Outpatient Radiology Suite consisting of Merge’s radiology information system, picture achieving communication solution, document management, referring physician engagement and medical image sharing solution.

“We needed to replace aging systems and wanted to work with a partner who could meet the day-to-day needs of our imaging centers and also address the many upcoming challenges and opportunities facing our business because of regulations, industry updates, and changing technology,” explained Olga Stanton, Director of Radiology, St. Joseph’s Imaging Associates.

“With the Merge RIS™ and Merge PACS™, we will be able to manage our daily operations with an integrated system that will reduce duplicate data entry and errors, as well as meet Meaningful Use compliance. We will also be utilizing Merge Referral Portal™ and iConnect® Access* solution to give our referring physicians the ability to place orders with us and access reports and even patient images online,” Stanton concluded.

“Replacing our RIS and PACS is a big undertaking for our IT department and our staff, so we carefully considered all options before making the decision to partner with Merge,” added Tammy Wilson, RIS Administrator. “Our initial plan was to replace our PACS only, but after seeing the value in an integrated solution and understanding how Merge will help us meet future requirements in areas like Meaningful Use Stage 2, it made sense to replace all our systems with Merge.”

“With imaging centers like St. Joseph’s under mounting pressure to deal with increasingly competitive markets, changing reimbursement models and long claim-payment cycles, integrated RIS and PACS systems can improve staff and clinician efficiency, increase revenue capture and ultimately improve patient volume,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “With an integrated RIS and PACS and solutions to more closely engage with their referring physicians, they will be well-positioned to meet their current challenges and future requirements.”

The Merge Outpatient Radiology Suite provides an integrated suite of solutions for an entire radiology business. From the modality to the front office to the back office, Merge solutions deliver more efficient workflow from scheduling through report distribution and billing. Merge provides solutions for easier access to archived images, faster financial return, and the functionality to meet Meaningful Use.

* 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.

June 6, 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.

OnQ Research Selects Merge eClinical OS(TM) for Electronic Data Capture

Self-Run, Pay-As-You-Go Solution Provides More Control Over Costs and Flexible Decision-Support

CHICAGO, May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that OnQ Research Pty Ltd, a South African based full-service Clinical Research Organization (CRO), has selected Merge’s eClinical OS™ solution for electronic data capture (EDC) to expand their in-house data management service offering.

“To further ensure the quality of our services and eliminate the need to subcontract data management, we were looking for an easy-to-use yet comprehensive system with a flexible costing model,” said Catherine Lund, Managing Director of OnQ Research.

“At OnQ Research, we believe in offering high quality, flexible contract research options to our clients, and were looking for a partner who does the same,” continued Lund. “We were thrilled to learn that Merge had launched a self-run, pay-as-you-go platform – something yet to be seen anywhere else in the industry. With Merge eClinical OS, we are able to select only the capabilities needed for a particular study, and keep upfront costs to a minimum.”

“With eClinical OS’ step-by-step, self-service Configurator, our clients can generate their own quotes and create budget scenarios in real-time,” said Zaher El-Assi, General Manager of Merge eClinical. “Cost-transparency and dynamic study estimates provide OnQ Research the flexibility and decision support tools needed as they continue to grow their business.”

Merge eClinical OS offers a single, easy-to-use interface for all data capture, processing and reporting functions needed to manage a trial. Clinical trial capabilities can be mixed and matched to build a solid foundation for each trial environment, and clients pay for only the functionality they need, when they need it. Plus, it delivers built-in study templates, libraries and reports to help users create studies quickly and manage them effectively without technical assistance. The latest advancements include the addition of a mobile alerts and reporting application, which allows users to review study data directly from any mobile web-enabled device. The mobile application is anticipated to be released later this month.

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.

About OnQ Research Pty Ltd

Founded in 1999 in Johannesburg, South Africa, OnQ is a niche provider of expert clinical research services, and has the capacity to undertake and facilitate an entire clinical trial in South Africa. OnQ has the ability to provide resource, and appropriate sites throughout Africa. OnQ has been involved in over 120 clinical trials, with a client database well in excess of thirty, which include major Pharmaceutical Companies, Biotech Companies, Medical Device Companies, International CROs, Donor/Government Funded Research and Academic Institutions. For more information, visit onqsa.co.za.

June 1, 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 Announces Addition of Endpoint Adjudication to eClinical OS(TM) Platform

Solution Facilitates Efficient Endpoint Management and Adjudication Process

CHICAGO, April 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced the addition of endpoint and adjudication management to its eClinical OS™ platform, providing end-to-end study support for trials of all sizes through a single platform.

Endpoint adjudication management embedded within an electronic data capture platform facilitates the endpoint management and adjudication process, offering a collaborative and flexible workflow for all stakeholders. Significant cost efficiencies are achieved and cycle times reduced with a single, seamless system.

“Merge eClinical has extensive experience working with the largest endpoint adjudication coordinating centers in the world. These relationships give us the unique experience to develop an endpoint adjudication module that is powerful, yet flexible enough to meet the complex requirements of all our clients. Merge’s latest enhancements to eClinical OS further our vision for delivering a unified solution for all data capture, processing and return,” said Zaher El-Assi, General Manager, eClinical Solutions of Merge. “Through its single, easy-to-use interface, built-in study templates, libraries and reports, and pay-as-you-go pricing, eClinical OS enables study sponsors and CROs to manage and run studies more efficiently than ever before.”

With Merge eClinical OS’ new Endpoint Adjudication Module, customers can:

  • Expedite cycle times with redaction tool and electronic collection of source documents
  • Auto-compile dossiers from source documents
  • Reduce costs with fewer paper documents to track, ship, and review
  • Manage paired parallel, expert review and committee workflows
  • Receive instant notifications that enable quick and efficient coordination
  • Access reviewer assignments and dossiers from anywhere, at any time
  • Improve data quality through eCRFs and online edit checks

“We began using eClinical OS towards the end of last year to manage and run our studies,” explained Thomas Engels, Vice President of Clinical Affairs for CardioKinetix Inc. “We’ve already seen enhanced efficiencies and improved productivity across the board, and are excited to begin using the new endpoint adjudication module to accelerate cycle times for adjudicating events.”

As a single, web-based solution, Merge eClinical OS has the flexibility to support trials in any phase, and captures any type of data, from any source, over any modality. With a complete menu of clinical trial capabilities that can be mixed and matched, eClinical OS builds a solid foundation for each trial environment. Merge eClinical OS also has the scalability to grow if a trial increases in size, number or complexity.

Merge has seen a strong market response to Merge eClinical OS since its June debut last year at the DIA Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. The eClinical business group has seen 57% quarter over quarter growth in the number of clinical studies under contract, and 65% quarter over quarter growth in the number of sites using Merge eClinical solutions.

“We are obviously pleased by the positive customer response to eClinical OS,” says Zaher El-Assi, General Manager, eClinical Solutions of Merge. “Customer feedback has been integral to the product design, and I think it reflects a renewed focus on study efficiency. Merge eClinical OS places the control back in the users’ hands, resulting in shorter build times, faster implementation, and more cost effective trial design.”

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.

 

April 30, 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 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.

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

 

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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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

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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.

Tampa General Hospital Selects Merge CTMS for Enterprise Clinical Research Platform

Integration With Epic EMR to Increase Efficiency and Minimize Duplication of Patient Data

CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Tampa General Hospital selected Merge’s CTMS for Investigators solution for enterprise-wide management of its clinical trials.

Tampa General Hospital’s goal was to increase efficiency and centralize their business operations. They sought a CTMS to manage more than 500 active studies annually across all therapeutic areas, and track study activities for over 100 study coordinators. Billing compliance, financial accountability, patient and enrollment tracking, and reporting for management oversight were all important criteria in selecting a CTMS system.

“With the continued growth of clinical trial activities, we needed a better way to streamline data collection and reporting, as well as a more accurate method for tracking billing activities. We had previously relied on data collected in spreadsheets and multiple databases, and a time-consuming process to produce reports,” said Beth Kohl, Manager, Office of Clinical Research at Tampa General Hospital. “We sought a CTMS that would centralize and organize our research operations to replace numerous manual and fragmented methods of capturing and recording data. After evaluating several CTMS systems, we felt that Merge CTMS provided us the standardization needed, as well as the reporting capabilities to meet our compliance, study and patient tracking, enrollment metrics, and financial requirements.”

The ability for the CTMS to integrate with an existing electronic medical record (EMR) system was also a priority for Tampa General Hospital, so users could have easy access to study patients from a centralized database used throughout the hospital.

“Another important factor in our decision was Merge’s vast systems integration experience,” continued Kohl. “A key component of this project will be an HL7 integration, allowing us to feed data from our Epic EMR into Merge CTMS. Through enhanced patient study searches and the elimination of duplicate data entry, this integration will yield significant efficiency improvement for research operations.”

“As an existing Merge Cardio™ and Hemo™ client, Tampa General Hospital was excited to expand their partnership with Merge. Tampa General Hospital expressed specific needs in looking for a CTMS system to consolidate and streamline their clinical trial management and research operations throughout the organization,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “We’re pleased that Merge CTMS provides the opportunity to meet these needs using a highly intuitive interface for a wide variety of users who will access the application on a daily basis.”

Through enhanced productivity and business management tools, Merge CTMS for Investigators allows research organizations to centralize study information, organize research activities, and improve recruitment and financial performance. Merge CTMS scales easily from one to many sites, offering a comprehensive suite of CTMS tools for independent research sites, physician networks, SMOs, hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.

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 Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General is a private not-for-profit hospital and one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in West Central Florida serving a dozen counties with a population in excess of 4 million. As one of the largest hospitals in Florida, Tampa General is licensed for 1,018 beds, and with approximately 6,600 employees, is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit tgh.org

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 6, 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.