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Coosa Valley Medical Center Selects Merge’s iConnect(R) Enterprise Clinical Platform

Also Upgrades to Merge PACS to Improve Workflow

CHICAGO, Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced Coosa Valley Medical Center(CVMC), an independent, community, non-profit medical center that serves five counties in Alabama, has selected Merge PACSTM to upgrade their existing PACS, iConnect® Access to provide real-time access to images and iConnect® Enterprise Archive to further expand their enterprise imaging strategy.

“As a long-time Merge client, we were excited to move forward with the latest versions of both Merge PACS and iConnect Enterprise Archive,” explained Amy Price, COO, CVMC. “We not only upgraded to the latest releases of those two products, but also added iConnect Access to provide referring physicians with access to patients’ images anywhere, any time. We believe this approach to an enterprise-wide imaging strategy will deliver substantial workflow efficiencies for our physicians.”

“Additionally, by upgrading to Merge PACS, radiologists will now be able to access a full suite of mammography tools from one workstation,” noted Andy Gill, Director of Imaging and CV Services, CVMC. “This will allow us to consolidate workstations and ultimately allow for faster diagnoses.”

“With Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements focusing heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, health systems of every size need to look at how to image-enable their enterprise,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “By implementing an enterprise-wide imaging strategy, CVMC will be well-positioned to address information exchange, changing payment models and future regulatory requirements as they relate to the sharing of images.”

iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Access are part of the iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform, Merge’s comprehensive offering for viewing, sharing and archiving any type of image, anywhere, any time. It also includes iConnect® Share, an internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises. With current trends in patient safety and healthcare reform as well as competition for referring physicians, the need for image sharing across the enterprise is more critical than ever.

A recent InMedica study reported iConnect Enterprise Archive as the world’s #1 market share vendor-neutral archive. As the industry’s first true standalone vendor-neutral archive, 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 systems with iConnect Enterprise Archive.

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.

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 7, 2012 I Written By

New eBook First to Provide Sought-After Answers to Meaningful Use for Radiology

Guide Hailed as Definitive Go-To Resource for Radiologists

CHICAGO, Oct. 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced the release of the Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology – the industry’s leading resource written specifically for radiologists. The Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology was presented for the first time to an audience of more than 500 healthcare professionals at the Merge Live 2011 Client Conference.

Meaningful Use is critically important as it lays the foundation for interconnectivity among healthcare providers. However, Meaningful Use has not received the same level of attention in application to radiologists and radiology as it has to primary care practices. More than 90% of radiologists are qualified to earn HITECH Act incentives as well as risk hundreds of millions of dollars of Medicare payment reductions.

“The challenge radiologists are facing is that they don’t know where to begin and don’t have a definitive resource to assist them through the Meaningful Use process,” said Jeff Surges, Chief Executive Officer of Merge Healthcare. “The Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology, written in partnership with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), provides a step-by-step approach that will help radiologists comply with the new law, achieve Meaningful Use qualification, earn incentive payments and avoid reimbursement reductions under the HITECH Act.”

“With Meaningful Use representing a $1.5 billion opportunity for radiologists, a guide like this becomes an absolute necessity,” continued Surges. “I firmly believe this publication will help radiologists capitalize on the opportunities Meaningful Use provides.”

The Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology is written for front office associates, technologists, radiologists and physician’s association (PA) groups. This free eBook will provide answers to important questions such as:

  • Which radiology healthcare providers are eligible?
  • What is the required technology?
  • What is the financial opportunity?
  • What is involved with registration and attestation?
  • What should radiologic healthcare providers expect in coming years?
  • What are the processes and software used to capture and report health information?

Excerpt from Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology

Chapter 3: Objectives and Measures for Radiology

Purpose

This chapter describes Meaningful Use in more detail. It explains objectives, thresholds for compliance, what data must be reported, and when objectives do not apply (exclusions). Clinical quality measures (CQM) are also explained.

Summary

  • Rules and incentive payments apply to radiology.
  • To be eligible for incentive payments under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, EPs must:
  • Track and report patient and interoperability measures
  • Track and report on clinic operations
  • Use technology capable of tracking and reporting
  • Implementing Meaningful Use requires changes in clinic workflows.

The Meaningful Use Guide for Radiology is free and is available for PC, iPad and iPhone at www.merge.com/MUebook.aspx

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.

October 12, 2011 I Written By

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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Albert Einstein Medical Center Implements Radiology and Pathology Search Engine from Montage

Organization saves hours of radiologist time and IT effort in querying reports for research,
education and clinical decision support.

Philadelphia, PA, November 29, 2010: Montage Healthcare Solutions, a privately-held company for enterprise search and performance analytics in radiology, announces a successful implementation and deployment of their data mining software at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In use since early October, the organization is already seeing dramatic time savings in the amount of time needed to evaluate whether clinical material warrants research studies, develop training materials, and identify case examples for radiology residents and fellows. The announcement was made by William Boonn, M.D., President, Montage Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

“In the past, a customized query would have to be created by a database administrator within the
radiology department for radiologists and residents to identify cases on specific diseases; we could
wait days or even weeks to receive the list of cases for review,” mentions Dr. Terry Matalon, Chairman
of Radiology at Albert Einstein Medical Center, part of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. “Now
we have near instantaneous access to all reports stored within our radiology information system (RIS)
through a simple, Google-like search,” Matalon concludes. “Montage delivers everything to our desktops
in a matter of seconds; we can run reports and research findings ourselves while cases are top-of-mind”.

Since the installation in early October, there have been no requests for customized research reports
from the radiology department. Radiologists, residents and IT experts all save time and effort with the
Montage tool.

Montage also queries pathology reports at Albert Einstein Medical Center and makes findings readily
available for comparison to radiology reports, a capability that is unique to Montage. This capability
helps to “close the loop” on radiology / pathology follow-up .

“We are extremely pleased to have Albert Einstein Medical Center as a client as they are consistently renowned for excellence in clinical radiology and educational programs,” mentions Boonn. The Montage Albert Einstein Medical Center Implements Montage system will be demonstrated during the Radiology Society of North America’s (RSNA’s) upcoming 96th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting to be held November 28 – December 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois, Nuance Communications Booth, South Building Hall A, 4044.

About Montage Healthcare Solutions Inc.
Montage™ is a leading software solution for healthcare data mining and performance measurement
in radiology. Montage technology enables practice leaders, clinicians, researchers, and educators
to search the Radiology Information System (RIS) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for key
business and clinical data. In addition, proprietary data mining techniques allow for sophisticated
and customizable marketing, quality, business, and billing/coding analytics which can measure and
enhance business performance and provide clinical decision support. For more information, visit:
MontageHealthcare.com.

About Albert Einstein Medical Center

Albert Einstein Medical Center is the second largest independent academic network in Pennsylvania
offering a full range of advanced health services to the Philadelphia community and beyond. The
medical center includes a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit.

Einstein Medical Center has more than 600 primary care doctors and specialists on staff, with an
additional 1,200 affiliated physicians as well as over 600 residents and fellows. Albert Einstein Medical
Center educates new physicians, offering highly regarded residency and fellowship training programs in
many specialty and subspecialty areas. For more information, visit: www.einstein.edu.

December 10, 2010 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 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.