Merge Healthcare Unveils New Fusion RIS/PACS MX(TM), a Next-Generation Imaging Informatics Solution



    
    System brings positive ROI for imaging businesses and uniquely optimized
    workspace for radiologists
    

    MILWAUKEE, April 19 /CNW/ -- Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:   MRGE; TSX: MRG), a
leading provider of medical imaging software and services, today announced the
release of Fusion RIS/PACS MX(TM), an imaging informatics solution that moves
beyond the simple interfacing of RIS and PACS applications designed for
imaging centers, hospitals, multi-facility physician practices and specialty
clinics.  Fusion RIS/PACS MX helps these organizations achieve new
efficiencies by blending together the advantages of a RIS (radiology
information system) and a PACS (picture archiving and communication system)
into a single business and clinical application with a uniquely optimized
radiologist workspace environment.
    
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    Fusion RIS/PACS MX delivers a single workflow application which is
relevant to the entire spectrum of clinical and business needs for medical
imaging.  With exam-driven workflow and a single source of access to all
patient information, duplicative and/or missing data is greatly reduced.
Customizable, intuitive worklists and embedded tools, such as document
management, enhance every user's productivity and help imaging businesses
reduce report turnaround times.
    The solution is based upon a unique radiologist workspace that gives
single-desktop access to all information required for reading and reporting on
an exam via the Patient Master Jacket.   Not only are all the advanced tools
readily available that are required for today's reading, but Fusion RIS/PACS
MX also gives radiologists easy access to RIS-based data.  Point and click
linkage to additional workflow tools, such as relevant priors, embedded
dictation, interrupt sessions and instant messaging, give radiologists a truly
comprehensive "command center."
    "This is a big step forward for RIS/PACS and Merge specifically, and it
improves on their already well-designed product.  In our fast-paced work
environment, we must ensure that our radiologists practice in the best and
most efficient manner.  We look forward to more fully leveraging Fusion
RIS/PACS MX to improve workflow and capabilities not only for radiologists,
but also for staff across our entire organization," says Steven Mendelsohn,
MD, medical director of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, which operates seven New
York-based imaging centers.
    "Merge Healthcare's comprehensive exam-driven workflow and customizable
worklist management ensure that people across the organization, from
scheduling through billing, can yield new efficiencies," says Matt Dewey,
Zwanger-Pesiri's Chief Operating Officer.  "Specially designed tools help move
each case from order to report to reimbursement with quality, speed and
efficiency. It's been very rewarding to work as a development partner with
Merge in helping to create Fusion RIS/PACS MX as a critical tool for imaging
businesses in competitive environments."


    According to Kenneth Rardin, Merge Healthcare CEO, many of Merge
Healthcare's existing customers have performed ROI analysis and have shown
tangible improvements such as:

    
    -- turnaround times reduced from days to minutes
    -- addition of new imaging centers while limiting volume for new staff
       hires
    -- increased exam volumes within the same cost structure
    -- condensed space requirements from distributed workloads
    

    "Merge Healthcare has maximized its ability to bring together the 'best
of the best' from our long-standing, proven RIS, PACS and RIS/PACS
technologies," says Rardin. "Fusion RIS/PACS MX is relevant to the growth and
operations of an organization because, as a business and clinical workflow
solution, it is designed for the explicit purpose of helping to improve
performance today and in the future."

    Merge Healthcare is a market leader in the development and delivery of
medical imaging and information management software and services. Our
innovative software solutions use leading-edge imaging software technologies
that accelerate market delivery for our OEM customers, while our end-user
solutions improve our customers' productivity and enhance the quality of
patient care they provide. Merge Healthcare's North American business unit is
focused on accelerating productivity for radiology departments and specialty
practices, imaging centers and hospitals. By combining sophisticated RIS,
PACS, advanced visualization and clinical imaging applications, Merge
Healthcare delivers integrated end-to-end software solutions and professional
services that transform the way our customers interact with referring
physicians, manage their workflow, position their businesses in their markets
and deliver imaging and information services to their customers. For
additional information, visit Merge Healthcare's website at
www.mergehealthcare.com .

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For further information:

For further information: Beth Frost-Johnson, Senior Vice President, 
Marketing of Merge Healthcare, +1-414-977-4254,  marketing@mergehealthcare.com
Web Site: http://www.mergehealthcare.com

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