Merge to Unveil Mobile and Internet Platform for Patients at RSNA

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 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

Merge Showcases the Latest in Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability with

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

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
  *ePrescribing: Qualify for reimbursement and deliver added value to

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

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

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