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SRS Continuity of Care Exchange Platform (SRS CCX™) Automates Quality Reporting, Outcomes Management, and Population Health Improvement for Pine Medical Group

Cloud-Based Interoperability Platform Facilitates Care Management, Patient Medical Home Status, Payer Incentives, and Meaningful Use

MONTVALE, NJ – August 1, 2012 –SRS, the leader in productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians, announced today that 22-provider Pine Medical Group, P.C., is leveraging the SRS Continuity of Care Exchange platform (SRS CCX™) to effortlessly share a full range of discrete clinical data with the Wellcentive registry. Wellcentive analyzes this data and identifies any gaps in care, allowing Pine Medical not only to improve patient care, but also to meet the care management requirements that qualify the practice as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Another benefit is increased practice revenue—physicians are able to bill Blue Cross/Blue Shield for care-management services and also to download the information from Wellcentive to various HMOs, which earns the physicians quality-based incentive payments. Pine Medical is already well positioned to meet the complex interoperability requirements that will be critical to Stage 2 meaningful use compliance.

“SRS enables us to meet new outcome-reporting requirements and to take advantage of new reimbursement models instituted by the government and private payers, and to do so in a highly efficient manner,” says Richard Boss, M.D., Pine Medical Group. “Most importantly, the data analysis and insights that Wellcentive provides will help our physicians deliver the highest quality care to our patients.”

“The day that SRS automated the Wellcentive reporting process was the best day of our nurses’ lives,” reports Marge Young, Administrator, Pine Medical Group. “SRS has freed the time of 11 nurses and other staff members so that they can now focus on more important clinical care responsibilities. In our 5 years of participation in Wellcentive, we have increased our incentive payments 4-fold—SRS has been extremely valuable in this regard all along, but the new interoperability platform takes SRS and Pine Medical to a new level.”

“The CCX platform is the most recent step in the successful and ongoing evolution of the SRS EHR technology,” says Joseph Geretz, Chief Software Architect of SRS. “In addition to giving physicians the most efficient tool for capturing clinical data, SRS now enables them to seamlessly share this data with registries like Wellcentive, other physicians, hospitals, HIEs, and even the patients themselves. The implications for quality of care are profound.”

“With its cloud-based interoperability platform, SRS has developed and successfully deployed data-sharing technology that positions our clients to participate in a full range of government and payer programs that reward quality, focus on outcomes, and reduce costs,” says Evan Steele, CEO of SRS.

About SRS

SRS is the leading provider of productivity-enhancing EHR technology and services for high-performance physicians—with a successful adoption rate unparalleled in the industry. Offered via the Unified Desktop™, the robust SRS EHR, PM, PACS, and Patient Portal increase speed, boost revenue, free physicians’ time, and heighten patient care and satisfaction. For more information on SRS, visit www.srssoft.com, e-mail info@srssoft.com, fax 201.802.1301, or call 800.288.8369.

About Pine Medical Group, P.C.

Pine Medical Group, P.C., is currently the largest rural multispecialty clinic in West Michigan, with offices in both Fremont and Newaygo. With 22 providers and an additional 91 employees, Pine Medical continues to grow by bringing in new physicians, extending both the number and type of medical services available to its patients. Visit www.pinemed.com for more information.

August 20, 2012 I Written By

Merge Named in Modern Healthcare’s Inaugural Healthcare’s Hottest Recognition Program

Award Recognizes the Fastest Growing U.S. Healthcare Companies

CHICAGO, July 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced it has been recognized in Modern Healthcare‘s brand new Healthcare’s Hottest award. The magazine’s Healthcare’s Hottest program recognizes the fastest growing healthcare companies that are headquartered in the U.S., have at least $20M in revenue for 2011 and have been in business for five years or more.

“We are pleased to be included on this list of healthcare leaders,” said Jeff Surges, Merge Healthcare CEO. “More health systems and hospitals are realizing the need for an enterprise imaging strategy. We believe that this trend, combined with the fact that the proposed Stage 2 requirements focus heavily on the viewing of diagnostic images, will continue to drive our growth.”

“Being named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Healthcare’s Hottest for 2012 demonstrates Merge’s ability to increase their financial health despite the economic downturn and tepid recovery,” said Fawn Lopez, Vice President and Publisher of Modern Healthcare.

From large IDNs to remote radiology centers to specialized practices and more, Merge Healthcare provides innovative solutions to improve the healthcare experience for patients, providers and payers. Merge offers full solution suites that meet the unique needs of specialties, such as radiology, cardiology, orthopedics and more, as well as enterprise systems to create image interoperability.

The 2012 Healthcare’s Hottest program identified the 40 fastest growing companies in the following sectors:

  • Hospitals/hospital systems
  • Physician group practices
  • Payers/insurers
  • Suppliers

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.

Modern Healthcare

The industry’s most trusted, credible and relied-upon news source. Modern Healthcare examines the most pressing healthcare issues and provides executives with the information they need to make the most informed business decisions and lead their organizations to success. It’s for this reason Modern Healthcare is deemed a “must-read publication” by the who’s who in healthcare.

In addition to our weekly magazine, we provide news via our award-winning website, ModernHealthcare.com; four daily e-newsletters, Modern Healthcare A.M., Daily Dose, Health IT Strategist and Modern Physician; and breaking news email service, Modern Healthcare Alert. To subscribe, please call Modern Healthcare at 888-446-1422 or visit modernhealthcare.com/subscriptions.

August 16, 2012 I Written By

Harris Corporation to Demonstrate Its Expanded Solution Portfolio and Showcase Marquee Customers at HIMSS12

MELBOURNE, Fla. & WASHINGTON, Feb 14, 2012 – Harris to showcase solution portfolio augmented through acquisition of interoperability and workflow innovator, Carefx.

–Peake Healthcare Innovations, a joint venture of Harris and Johns Hopkins Medicine, debuts cloud-based image management solutions.

–HIMSS12 educational sessions feature Harris customers Cleveland Clinic, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and, Catholic Health Initiatives.

Harris Corporation HRS +0.26% , an international communications and information technology company, will showcase its plans for “advancing healthcare” through its expanded solution portfolio at HIMSS12 (Booth 834), February 21-24, 2012, in Las Vegas. The company also is participating in the invitation-only Interoperability Showcase and educational sessions focused on cloud computing, image management and clinical and business analytics.

Since its April 2011 acquisition of interoperability innovator Carefx, Harris has expanded its solution portfolio to include workflow management, business and clinical analytics and provider and patient portals. Paired with Harris’ established expertise in image management, systems integration, managed services and communications, these solutions are enabling providers to achieve the clinical integration required for accountable, value-based care, bundled payment, population health and care collaboration.

“Integrating the people, clinical expertise and technology of Harris and Carefx has positioned us to help providers with clinical integration, care collaboration and stage 2 meaningful use requirements,” said Jim Traficant, president, Harris Healthcare Solutions. “Harris solutions leverage existing technology infrastructure and deliver clinical integration and analytics across disparate data sources, a strategy that offers meaningful, actionable information at the point of decision, enhances clinician adoption, accelerates system deployment, and delivers significant savings over wholesale system replacement.”

Of the more than 2,000 healthcare organizations utilizing Harris solutions, AHCA, Catholic Health Initiatives, Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine will be featured in the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase and a series of educational sessions. Cleveland Clinic, for example, increased net operating income by $35 million a year and added 100,000 appointment slots worth $10 million in net income using solutions now available through Harris. Peake Healthcare Innovations, a joint venture of Harris and Johns Hopkins Medicine, is providing complete managed service solutions from the cloud to assist healthcare providers with the complex challenge of storing and managing medical images and related healthcare information.

Harris’ expanded solution portfolio is being demonstrated in Booth 834, and HIMSS12 attendees can find Harris’ conference activities here, with highlights below:

— “IT Tools for the C-Suite: Driving Strategy with Business Intelligence,” Feb. 22, 2012, 8 – 9:30 a.m. (Invitation Only) featuring Cleveland Clinic and Catholic Health Initiatives. Location: Lower-level Sands, near Hall G, Room 202

— “Florida State Health Information Exchange – Lessons Learned,” Feb. 21, 2012, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m. featuring the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Location: Lando 4306

— “Taking Medical Imaging into the Cloud,” Feb. 22, 2012, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., featuring John Hopkins Medicine, Location: Titan 2203

— “Cloud Computing” Feb. 22, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m., John Hopkins Medicine. Location: Booth 13642, Hall G

— “Leveraging Business Intelligence across Your Health System,” Feb. 22, 2012, 2:45 – 3:30 p.m., featuring Cleveland Clinic. Location: Booth 13247, Hall G

— HIMSS12 IHE/ONC Interoperability Showcase: February 21-23, 2012, Booth 11000, Hall G.

For more information or to schedule a private demo while at HIMSS12, visit http://www.harris-is.com/himss12/ .

In healthcare solutions, Harris provides enterprise intelligence solutions and services for government and commercial customers — including systems integration, intelligent infrastructure, interoperability, imaging, and other IT solutions. A leader in federal healthcare IT integration, Harris products, systems and services improve healthcare outcomes by assuring that critical medical and benefits information is delivered with security and privacy to the right person, on the right device, at the point of care.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(R) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com .

February 16, 2012 I Written By