Tampa General Hospital Selects Merge CTMS for Enterprise Clinical Research
Integration With Epic EMR to Increase Efficiency and Minimize Duplication of
CHICAGO, Jan. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated
(Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that
seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Tampa General Hospital
selected Merge's CTMS for Investigators solution for enterprise-wide
management of its clinical trials.
Tampa General Hospital's goal was to increase efficiency and centralize their
business operations. They sought a CTMS to manage more than 500 active studies
annually across all therapeutic areas, and track study activities for over 100
study coordinators. Billing compliance, financial accountability, patient and
enrollment tracking, and reporting for management oversight were all important
criteria in selecting a CTMS system.
"With the continued growth of clinical trial activities, we needed a better
way to streamline data collection and reporting, as well as a more accurate
method for tracking billing activities. We had previously relied on data
collected in spreadsheets and multiple databases, and a time-consuming process
to produce reports," said Beth Kohl, Manager, Office of Clinical Research at
Tampa General Hospital. "We sought a CTMS that would centralize and organize
our research operations to replace numerous manual and fragmented methods of
capturing and recording data. After evaluating several CTMS systems, we felt
that Merge CTMS provided us the standardization needed, as well as the
reporting capabilities to meet our compliance, study and patient tracking,
enrollment metrics, and financial requirements."
The ability for the CTMS to integrate with an existing electronic medical
record (EMR) system was also a priority for Tampa General Hospital, so users
could have easy access to study patients from a centralized database used
throughout the hospital.
"Another important factor in our decision was Merge's vast systems integration
experience," continued Kohl. "A key component of this project will be an HL7
integration, allowing us to feed data from our Epic EMR into Merge CTMS.
Through enhanced patient study searches and the elimination of duplicate data
entry, this integration will yield significant efficiency improvement for
"As an existing Merge Cardio™ and Hemo™ client, Tampa General Hospital was
excited to expand their partnership with Merge. Tampa General Hospital
expressed specific needs in looking for a CTMS system to consolidate and
streamline their clinical trial management and research operations throughout
the organization," said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. "We're
pleased that Merge CTMS provides the opportunity to meet these needs using a
highly intuitive interface for a wide variety of users who will access the
application on a daily basis."
Through enhanced productivity and business management tools, Merge CTMS for
Investigators allows research organizations to centralize study information,
organize research activities, and improve recruitment and financial
performance. Merge CTMS scales easily from one to many sites, offering a
comprehensive suite of CTMS tools for independent research sites, physician
networks, SMOs, hospitals, health systems and academic medical centers.
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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About Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General is a private not-for-profit hospital and one of the most
comprehensive medical facilities in West Central Florida serving a dozen
counties with a population in excess of 4 million. As one of the largest
hospitals in Florida, Tampa General is licensed for 1,018 beds, and with
approximately 6,600 employees, is one of the region's largest employers. For
more information, visit tgh.org
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