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Summit Radiology Associates Selects Merge for End-to-End Radiology Solutions

Full Suite of Applications Provides Scalability and Path to Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Summit Radiology Associates, a multi-site practice, will implement Merge’s end-to-end suite of Radiology Solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Summit Radiology Associates interprets studies for three sites: a busy hospital, a large multi-specialty practice, and a free-standing imaging center in Westfield, New Jersey,” explained Dr. Amir Salomon, President, Summit Radiology Associates. “With the growing complexity of healthcare, we sought a system that would increase our efficiency and enhance our workflow. We needed a vendor whose solutions could quickly and easily scale to fit our growing needs. In Merge, we found an innovative partner at the forefront of the field offering a comprehensive suite of solutions.”

“Additionally, by selecting the latest version of Merge’s end-to-end Radiology Solutions, we will be well positioned to pursue Meaningful Use for many of our radiologists,” added Marisol Ortiz, Business Manager, Summit Radiology Associates. “This will enable us to receive Meaningful Use incentive payments over the next four years and avoid future penalties.”

“Meaningful Use is the basis for health information exchange in the U.S. and our goal at Merge is to help make it easy for specialists to qualify for incentives and realize the true benefits of the program,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare.  “With the recently announced Stage Two requirements that focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, it’s clear that specialties like radiology are very much included in Meaningful Use. Now is the time for specialty physicians to adopt a Meaningful Use strategy so they can qualify for Stage One funding, while preparing for Stage Two.”

Merge Radiology Solutions include Merge RISTM, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACSTM, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge FinancialsTM, a comprehensive billing system; Merge DocumentsTM, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; Merge Referral PortalTM, a web-based portal to engage referring physicians; and Merge DashboardsTM, an on-demand business intelligence solution.

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.

November 21, 2012 I Written By

Advanced Radiology of Columbia Selects Merge Healthcare’s End-to-End Radiology Solution to Achieve Meaningful Use

Solution to Provide Significant Efficiencies Through Automation, Universal Work Lists and Dictation

CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Advanced Radiology of Columbia, a leading radiology practice in central Missouri, will implement its integrated suite of radiology solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Clients like Advanced Radiology understand the bigger picture and see the inherent value in having a complete radiology solution,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With Merge’s radiology suite they now have a single solution that has tight RIS/PACS integration – not just an interface – and provides singular reporting capabilities for RIS and Financials. Plus, they are now equipped to achieve Meaningful Use and obtain up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives for their radiologists.”

“We partnered with Merge because their vision aligned with our goal of providing an outpatient diagnostic facility that was more than high tech machinery,” said Greg Johnson, CEO, Advanced Radiology. “We believe that for physicians to provide effective and efficient care, the information they need from diagnostic procedures should be provided immediately. To do so, and to successfully position our practice for the future, we needed a complete, end-to-end solution, like that from Merge that would increase our efficiencies.”

“Before Merge, our radiologists had to log into multiple RIS and dictation systems, which over time added up to a significant amount of time that could have been better utilized,” continued Johnson. “Now, all of our systems, including Financials, will be integrated which will enable our radiologists to spend more time delivering care.”

The Merge radiology suite includes Merge RIS, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge Financials, a web-based billing system that improves revenue cycle management; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; and Merge CADstream, a MRI-CAD for breast, liver and prostate analysis and reporting.

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.

About Advanced Radiology

Advance Radiology is a leading team of six subspecialty radiologists who read for more than 50 orthopaedic physicians throughout central Missouri. Physicians refer their patients to Advanced Radiology for exceptional imaging and procedure quality, same day delivery of results, as well clinically-specific, detailed reports and consultative services. Advanced Radiology is the leading provider of diagnostic services to athletes from the area’s university, college and high school sports teams who require imaging and immediate results so that their physicians, coaches and trainers can design an immediate treatment plan.

February 12, 2012 I Written By

Tuscon’s Largest Radiology Practice Selects Merge Healthcare for End-to-End Radiology Solution

The Merge radiology suite includes Merge RIS, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge Financials, a web-based billing system that improves revenue cycle management; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; and Merge CADstream, a MRI-CAD for breast, liver and prostate analysis and reporting.

Integrated Solution Enables Physicians to Achieve Meaningful Use; Improves Patient Experience

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Radiology Ltd. will implement its full, end-to-end suite of radiology solutions at its nine imaging centers across southern Arizona.

“Radiology Ltd. is a leader in medical imaging,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “They know that while Meaningful Use has been a moving target in the past, there are no signs it will be slowing down in 2012. They turned to Merge because we were able to provide a complete set of solutions that will enable them to deliver on their strategic goals including improving care and service, as well as achieving Meaningful Use.”

“With over 40 radiologists, our practice has diverse needs,” said Dr. Dan Stricof, CEO, Radiology Ltd. “Because all of Merge’s products are integrated, we will have a single, seamless solution that will enable us to deliver higher quality, cost-effective medical imaging. Plus, it will assist us in meeting Meaningful Use, which for our practice alone represents a potential incentive opportunity of almost 2 million dollars.”

“Service is very important to us,” continued Stricof. “Because of the automation inherent in the Merge radiology suite, we will be able to manage our business better and improve the experience for both patients and referring physicians. Already, we’ve seen reduced wait times for patients and in the amount of time it takes to share results back with referring physicians.”

The Merge radiology suite includes Merge RIS, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge Financials, a web-based billing system that improves revenue cycle management; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; and Merge CADstream, a MRI-CAD for breast, liver and prostate analysis and reporting.

Radiology Ltd. also utilizes Merge iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS viewer that provides image review for referring physicians from any browser-based device anywhere, any time.

*Merge iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

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.

February 10, 2012 I Written By