Solution Provides Workflow Automation for Physician Referrals and Patient Engagement
CHICAGO, Aug. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that SimonMed Imaging, the largest specialized outpatient physician imaging practice in the country, will implement Merge's integrated suite of radiology solutions along with iConnect® Access and iConnect® VNA to provide anywhere, anytime viewing of images and achieve Meaningful Use (MU).
"With more than 50 sites, SimonMed is one of the fastest-growing imaging practices in the country," said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "As they continued to acquire new practices they needed a cost effective and comprehensive solution."
"Merge provides us with an integrated set of solutions that can scale to meet our requirements and support our mission of delivering high quality, cost effective medical imaging on a national level. With Merge's iConnect Access, our physicians can view images in any location, on any web-enabled device, whether that's an iPad, a laptop or even an iPhone," explained Dr. John Simon, CEO of SimonMed Imaging. "That type of accessibility is important when it comes to working with referring physicians in our communities and helps to ensure better coordination of patient care for higher quality outcomes."
"Additionally, this technology investment will enable us to lead the way in preparing for ACO and quality initiatives," he continued. "With image access across all of our locations and an MU-certified platform, we are well positioned to lead the delivery of integrated care in each of the communities we serve across the country."
SimonMed Imaging is utilizing the Merge radiology suite, which includes 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 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.
In addition, they are utilizing Merge iConnect® Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS viewer and Merge iConnect® VNA, a vendor neutral archive to create an enterprise imaging strategy backbone.
*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 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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SimonMed is the largest specialized outpatient physician imaging practice in the country, and is majority-owned by Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West). With more than 50 imaging centers and 80 physicians, SimonMed is unique in having the expertise and best technology of the largest academic centers but with the affordable pricing and service of community based radiology providers. For more information, visit www.simonmed.com.
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