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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 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 and LinkedIn.

Merge to Unveil Mobile and Internet Platform for Patients at RSNA

Solutions to Demonstrate How Enterprise Imaging Solutions Support Achieving Meaningful Use Objectives

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, will unveil a national mobile and internet platform for consumers and demonstrate how enterprise imaging solutions support achieving Meaningful Use objectives at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in booth #4845.

Merge is showcasing a new mobile and Internet platform for consumers to select a radiologist, schedule an appointment and receive results electronically. The platform will also feature:

  • A mobile app for referring physicians to send patients to recommended imaging centers
  • A website for consumers to complete pre-work and schedule appointments
  • A cloud-based portal for imaging centers to share results with referring physicians and patients
  • Analytics for practices to maximize throughput

“We are proud of the fact that in 2011, 82 million imaging procedures were referred to current Merge customers,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Our goal with this new platform is to help close the loop between a referral and a patient receiving results while at the same time enabling our customers to grow their businesses to deliver the best patient care.”

This mobile and Internet platform will be available in early 2013 and will become the new merge.com. Users will be able to sign up at RSNA and will be notified once the portal is live.

Merge Accelerates Move to the Cloud with Merge Honeycomb™

Introduced last year at RSNA, Merge Honeycomb has seen rapid adoption with more than 3.3 million studies under contract in the cloud-based archive. Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. The applications currently available via Merge Honeycomb include:

  • Merge Honeycomb™ Archive: Store medical images securely in the cloud and access them from anywhere, any time
  • Merge Honeycomb™ Image Sharing: Free application that enables any user to upload, download, view and share medical images

“Image management in healthcare is very much in a state of reform, with HIPAA requiring providers to keep retrievable exact copies of health information including images and Meaningful Use requiring that information is sharable,” said Surges. “With our expertise developed from more than 20 years of managing medical images and leading technology, Merge is uniquely positioned to deliver a secure, efficient and accessible solution for archiving images in the cloud.”

Merge Showcases the Latest in Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability with iConnect®

Merge’s iConnect® Enterprise Clinical Platform is a suite of image interoperability solutions that improve workflow, reduce care delays and lower costs by enabling access to any image, anywhere, at any time, on any device. iConnect supports an enterprise-wide imaging strategy by providing access to medical images from any approved web-enabled device and facilitates the sharing of images between referring centers without the need for additional equipment or software. Components include:

  • iConnect® Access: A zero-download image viewer
  • iConnect® Share: An Internet-gateway capable of receiving and morphing studies from outside the enterprise, allowing for prompt electronic transfer of images
  • iConnect® Enterprise Archive: A vendor-neutral archive (VNA) to create a patient-centric record of images across all sites and modalities, enabling physicians to manage content from disparate storage solutions

“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,” continued Surges. “We’ve listened closely to clients such as Children’s Memorial, Ascension Health and Dignity Health, and have incorporated features that will significantly improve ease of use, reduce storage costs and streamline operational workflow.”

Merge Radiology Clients to Receive More than $14 Million in Incentive Funds in 2012

To date, more than 50 clients have already attested or are in the attestation process using the web-based, feature-rich Merge RIS solution. Merge RIS is used by hundreds of ambulatory care practices, imaging centers and radiology group practices to improve profitability and provide radiologists with the capability to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

“With more than 90% of radiologists able to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, it is essential that they develop a strategy to meet criteria, earn incentive funds and more importantly, avoid future penalties,” said Surges. “In fact, Merge clients have already received $3.1 million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars with an additional $10.9 million expected by the end of the year. This is powerful proof that Meaningful Use is relevant to radiology and that Merge solutions can help them successfully navigate the attestation process.”

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

  • Data collection: Gather mandated patient data intuitively within your preferred workflow
  • Reporting: Access pre-configured, easy-to-use reports to assist with Meaningful Use data submission
  • Patient portal: Provide patients with clinical summaries, electronic copies of their health information, educational information, reminders and more
  • ePrescribing: Qualify for reimbursement and deliver added value to patients

Merge Highlights Best in KLAS Cardiology Solutions

Merge Hemo™, a real-time documentation tool for the cardiac cath lab, was ranked #1 in KLAS in 2011. Merge Cardio™ provides a single view of a patient’s complete record across all cardiology modalities. Combined, these solutions allow access to simplified reporting tools and integration with the industry’s largest health information systems and EHRs for interoperable image exchange.

“Busy healthcare professionals don’t have time to jump between systems to locate critical patient data and images,” continued Surges. “Merge cardiology solutions allow for a single point of access from any web-enabled location to create reports more efficiently, improve workflow and help build referral business.”

Merge Demonstrates Latest Version of Merge PACS™

At RSNA Merge will be showcasing the most recent version of Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that 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.

“With Merge PACS, radiologists can accelerate workflow, enabling them to operate with fewer resources,” said Surges. “And the ability to quickly and easily communicate and document results with referring physicians improves treatment time and helps expand referral networks.”

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 17, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Sees Traction in Client Adoption of Subscription-Based Models

Physician Practices of All Sizes Look to a New Purchasing Model Across Range of Merge Solutions

CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, announced several new additions to its growing list of clients who have selected to utilize a Merge solution via a subscription-based model.

“Increasing demand for subscription offerings was an important trend we continued to witness in the second quarter of 2012,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “This followed the announcement in Q1 that we were making changes in our operations to offer subscription-based pricing to align more closely with our clients’ long-term operating plans. Since that time we have seen acceleration in clients’ eagerness to adopt this of type of purchasing model. The interest has ranged from very large multi-location groups to single doctor practices. Additionally, the interest has spanned a wide range of our solutions including Merge RISTM, Merge PACSTM, and Merge Eye Care PACSTM among others.”

“With many locations across Long Island and throughout the greater New York area, our strategic plans are based on continued growth. We needed the flexibility to continue our expansion,” said Dr. Daniel Beyda, Medical Director, Long Island Radiology Associates. “Not only was the economic model a factor in our decisions, but we knew we also needed to partner with one vendor who could offer an end-to-end solution for our practice across our six locations.”

“We are a long-time Merge client and are excited to be able to upgrade to the latest version of Merge PACS in a manner that worked for the operating realities of practice,” added Dr. Philip Triantos, President of Horizon Imaging located in Vestavia Hills, AL. “We wanted the latest, most advanced technology while also ensuring that we could accurately manage the cash flow of our business. With Merge PACS, we were able to do both.”

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.

August 17, 2012 I Written By

Lakeland Healthcare Group Selects Merge Healthcare for End-to-End Radiology Solutions

Full Suite of Cloud-Hosted Applications Provides Scalability and Expedited Implementation

CHICAGO, May 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced that Lakeland Healthcare Group, a multisite practice including two regional hospitals and numerous affiliated and free standing clinics in Illinois, will implement its integrated suite of cloud-hosted radiology solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Hosting applications in the cloud is a fast-growing trend in healthcare,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “It’s where the market is going – for a number of reasons, including the fact that practices simply don’t have the capital for large hardware expenditures or the resources for ongoing management and maintenance. By utilizing a subscription-based payment model, it frees up practices like Lakeland to re-allocate financial and staff resources and be better positioned to achieve more of their patient-centric goals.”

“Lakeland is a national radiology group that performs 300,000 studies a year for hospitals across the country,” said Dr. Aldo Ruffolo, President and CEO, Lakeland Healthcare Group. “Our goal is to increase the number of hospitals we contract with, and increase our number of studies to more than one million in the next two years. Because this is happening for us at a fast pace, we realized we needed a vendor whose solutions could quickly and easily scale up to fit our growing needs. With Merge, we have a partner who will grow with us.”

Merge Radiology Solutions include 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; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; Merge Referral Portal, a web-based portal to engage referring physicians; and Merge Dashboards, an on-demand business intelligence solution.

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.

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About Lakeland Healthcare Group

With the latest in high quality imaging equipment and services in interventional radiology, Lakeland Healthcare Group offers referring physicians and their patients a host of new treatment options for a wide range of medical problems. Utilizing expertise in imaging modalities such as x-rays and fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and computed tomography, Lakeland provides minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed under imaging guidance. For more information, visit lakelandradiology.com.

May 24, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Propels Meaningful Use Adoption

Twelve Radiology and Orthopaedic Practices, Representing Almost 200 Physicians, Select Merge to Achieve Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, May 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Inc. (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the addition of twelve practices to its growing list of clients who have selected its complete and fully-certified EHR solution to achieve Meaningful Use (MU). More than 89 clients, representing more than 850 physicians, now utilize Merge MU solutions.

“Meaningful Use is the basis for health information exchange in the U.S. and will become the core workflow for physicians,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With the recently proposed Stage 2 requirements that focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, it’s clear that specialties like radiology and orthopaedics are very much so included in Meaningful Use. Now is the time for specialty physicians to adopt a Meaningful Use strategy so they can qualify for Stage 1 funding, while preparing for Stage 2.”

“While there are financial reasons to focus on Meaningful Use, the driver for us is that it is going to build a foundation upon which we can provide even better care to our patients,” said Ellis Keitt, Administrator, Radiology Associates, LLP. “With Merge RIS™, we are going to be able to collect and share valuable information, automatically trend clinical data and report on MU measures.”

Merge RIS v7.0 provides a radiology-specific EHR with complete certification that enables radiologists to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records, without disrupting their traditional workflow. With Merge RIS v7.0, radiologists can qualify to receive up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives, per eligible provider, and more importantly, avoid future penalties that will come from not meeting Meaningful Use.

Merge RIS v7.0 functionality includes ePrescribing, enhanced reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience. This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty.

“With Merge OrthoEMR™ we can meet Meaningful Use criteria and earn stimulus incentives,” said Vickie Shuler, Clinic Administrator, Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists. “Using Merge OrthoEMR also means we’ll avoid financial penalties that are coming to those not using MU-certified solutions. The most important aspect of Merge OrthoEMR for us is that it will help us provide better care, streamline our workflow and improve operational efficiencies.”

Merge OrthoEMR has received complete EHR Ambulatory certification and provides orthopaedic physicians the tools needed to achieve Meaningful Use and qualify for incentive funds. By providing instant access to images at all locations, Merge’s OrthoEMR eliminates the need for transporting images, improves workflow and speeds patient care.

In addition to Merge OrthoEMR, Merge provides an integrated suite of products developed for the specific needs of the orthopaedic practice, from patient information to image management including digital templating. Developed by orthopaedic specialists, our systems and tools mirror charting and patient care today, increasing the long-term adoptability and satisfaction of users. Plus, with imaging and data sharing they promote interoperability, without forcing conformance to non-specialty hospital-based solutions.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; electronic health record and practice management solutions for image-intensive specialties; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management; applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world, and a network of patient-centric, wellness stations. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. For more information, visit www.merge.com.

May 15, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Announces First Radiology Client to Achieve Meaningful Use (MU)

Regional Medical Imaging Receives Significant Stimulus Incentive; One of the First Radiology Practices in the Country to Achieve MU

CHICAGO, March 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today that Regional Medical Imaging (RMI), based in Flint, MI, became its first radiology client to successfully comply with CMS’ federal ambulatory Meaningful Use regulations and receive stimulus incentives totaling $216,000, representing approximately one-third of the total incentives they expect to receive under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

“For RMI, there is a strong business case for Meaningful Use, but what’s more important is that this is going to help us become better physicians so that our patients get better care,” said Randy Hicks, MD, MBA, CEO of RMI. “With Merge RIS™ we’ll witness better and more prompt access to medical records, less redundant testing and ultimately fewer medical errors across our five locations in Michigan.”

“And while we were early adopters of MU, we knew it was about more than just collecting and reporting on data,” continued Hicks. “It’s about building an infrastructure that will enable continuity of care and a seamless transfer of patient information.”

“Regional Medical Imaging is an organization that is doing what it takes to move healthcare forward,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “They are pioneers who very early on realized Meaningful Use does apply to radiology and that there is inherent value that comes from adopting a Meaningful Use strategy. More importantly, RMI took the necessary steps to achieve it. We congratulate RMI and look forward to continuing our partnership with them as they provide state-of-the-art imaging to doctors and patients across Michigan.”

Merge RIS v7.0 provides a radiology-specific EHR with complete MU certification. It enables radiologists to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records without disrupting their traditional workflow. With Merge RIS v7.0, radiologists can qualify to receive up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives, per eligible provider, as well as avoid future penalties that will come from not meeting Meaningful Use.

Merge RIS v7.0 functionality includes enhanced data security, expanded reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, ePrescribing, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience. This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty. Merge RIS is a key element of an overall suite of integrated solutions built specifically for imaging providers.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; electronic health record and practice management solutions for image-intensive specialties; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management; applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world, and a network of patient-centric, wellness stations. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. For more information, visit www.merge.com.

About RMI

RMI began in 1985 as a private, outpatient-based imaging facility with a goal of offering patients an alternative to hospitals for radiology services. Today, RMI continues its commitment of providing state-of-the-art equipment in a patient-friendly atmosphere at its offices in Flint, Fenton, Grand Blanc and Davison. For more information, visit www.rmipc.net.

March 28, 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

Merge Healthcare Drives Meaningful Use Adoption Among Radiologists

Ten Additional Practices Select Merge RIS to Achieve Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced the addition of ten radiology practices that have selected Merge RIS to achieve Meaningful Use (MU). Almost 30 radiology practices now utilize Merge RIS as their complete and fully-certified EHR.

“Meaningful Use had a major impact on the radiology industry,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “In just one short year, we’ve witnessed a widespread acceptance of Meaningful Use and its ability to help radiologists achieve health and efficiency goals. With almost 28,000 radiologists, the MU incentive opportunity represents more than 1 billion dollars in incentive payments. We’re proud to have led the charge by delivering one of the industry’s only radiology-specific solutions with complete ambulatory certification, and for helping our clients build a foundation for growth and improved patient care.”

Merge RIS v7.0 provides a radiology-specific EHR with complete certification that enables radiologists to capture and report on the metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records, without disrupting their traditional workflow. With Merge RIS v7.0, radiologists can qualify to receive up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives, per eligible provider, and more importantly, avoid future penalties that will come from not meeting Meaningful Use.

“As radiologists face mounting regulation and restrictions in terms of what will and won’t be reimbursed, it was quite apparent that our community needed a radiology-specific solution tool that would help us meet these challenges in a cost-effective manner,” said Dr. Mark Stein, West Coast Radiology. “With Merge RIS, we can now address these challenges head on. And not only will Merge RIS enable us to meet Meaningful Use criteria and avoid future penalties, but it will also streamline our workflow, which in turn will help us provide better patient care.”

“In addition to improving workflow and meeting MU criteria, we see Merge RIS as a tool that will help increase our marketability,” said Alicia Vasquez, President, Arcadia Radiology Medical Group and Immediate Past-President of the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA). “Because we’ve invested in Merge RIS, we are able to use it as a recruitment vehicle and say to radiologists that we can help you get your MU dollars.”

Merge RIS v7.0 functionality includes ePrescribing, enhanced reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience. This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty.

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 4, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Selected by Prominent East Coast Practices to Achieve Meaningful Use

MU Acceleration Among Radiology and Imaging Practices

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today the addition of Reston Radiology Consultants (VA), Washington Radiology Associates (VA), Shady Grove Radiological Consultants (MD) and Advanced Diagnostic Radiology (MD) to its growing base of clients utilizing Merge RIS.

Merge’s solution will enable practices to capture and report on metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records. As eligible providers, radiologists can receive Meaningful Use incentives under the HITECH provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

With Merge, physicians can fulfill the objective of Meaningful Use by exchanging health information to improve quality of health care. According to the Diagnostic Imaging, more than 90% of radiologists are considered eligible providers and can qualify to receive the financial incentives – estimated at more than $1 billion – offered by the stimulus plan.

“Not only are we improving workflow and patient care, but because the Merge solution will be certified as a complete EHR, eligible physicians within our practice can receive incentives up to $44k each,” said Jeffrey Atkin, Chief Operating Officer of Reston Radiology Consultants.

“We selected Merge’s Meaningful Use solution because their technology is cutting edge and soon to be certified,” said Larry Busching, Chief Operating Officer at Shady Grove Radiological Consultants. “The functionality that is inherent in their Meaningful Use module, including integration with labs and pharmacies, clinical decision support and a patient portal, will enable us to significantly improve workflow efficiency.”

“Merge Healthcare is the market leader in end-to-end solutions for radiology groups and imaging centers,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Our solutions are widely-embraced by radiologists because those solutions streamline workflow processes, easily integrate with existing systems, provide a true return on investment and most important, create a better electronic healthcare experience for both providers and patients.”

These clients join the more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics already utilizing Merge Healthcare solutions.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is the leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology and orthopaedics; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

September 5, 2011 I Written By