athenahealth and Merge Healthcare Partner to Provide Advanced Interoperability for Enhanced Physician Communication and

athenahealth and Merge Healthcare Partner to Provide Advanced Interoperability
for Enhanced Physician Communication and Workflow

New iConnect(R) Network Partnership Delivers Real-Time Clinical Data Directly
Into Community Physicians' EHRs to Increase Referrals, Meet Regulatory
Requirements and Reduce Costs

CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated
(Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that
seek to transform healthcare, today announced a strategic partnership with
athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based services
for electronic health records (EHR), practice management, and care
coordination. athenahealth will integrate Merge's iConnect Network with its
national cloud-based platform, enabling athenahealth clients to receive and
view exam results, diagnostic quality images and other critical patient
information within the athenaClinicals^® EHR workflow. The partnership will
support advanced interoperability between radiologists and providers by
decreasing duplicate tests and radiation exposure, improving patient outcomes
and increasing physician satisfaction while reducing the cost of care.

"With today's healthcare environment shifting from volume-based to value-based
care models, there's an increasing need for the industry as a whole to break
down the walls surrounding clinical data to enable care teams to access
patient information when they need it," said Doran Robinson, Vice President of
Healthcare Transactions, athenahealth. "By integrating iConnect Network within
our cloud-based EHR workflow, we'll enhance communications between physicians
and radiologists and speed the routing and availability of imaging studies to
caregivers. Together with Merge, we believe that information sharing is key to
the advancement of care delivery. This is an exciting partnership that
leverages the right technologies to make things work as they should in

With the new iConnect Network, Merge is now able to deliver reports directly
into athenaClinicals^®, athenahealth's EHR service, giving athenaClinicals'
users real-time access to view important diagnostic information, such as
imaging studies and interpretations, within their existing EHR workflow. With
Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) imaging requirements, Merge and athenahealth's
partnership empowers community physicians to attest and receive incentives
quickly and cost effectively.

"Our partnership with athenahealth provides a robust service for advanced
interoperability giving providers immediate access to critical patient
information across the continuum of care," said Justin Dearborn, CEO, Merge
Healthcare. "This collaboration is significant to both the adoption and future
growth of iConnect Network. It expands our customers' options, allowing them
to leverage the solution to reduce operational bottlenecks, improve physician
satisfaction and ultimately enhance the patient experience."

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 25
years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality
of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit

About athenahealth

athenahealth is a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic
health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination.
athenahealth's mission is to be caregivers' most trusted service, helping them
do well doing the right thing. For more information, please visit

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         athenahealth, Inc.
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         athenahealth, Inc.
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