CHICAGO, Dec. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced the release of iConnect® Network, an advanced imaging network that allows hospitals, providers and imaging centers to exchange imaging information securely and electronically. This interoperability service, which integrates with existing electronic health record (EHR) networks and health information exchanges (HIE), facilitates increased referrals and supports Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) imaging requirements in a cost-effective manner.
"It has been an exciting opportunity to test Merge's new iConnect Network. This technology gives us a competitive advantage for both our providers and patients," said Luis Velasco, Chief Information Officer at Marana Health Center. "Since Marana is a part of an accountable care organization (ACO) and is patient centered medical home certified, iConnect Network is a true example of a solution that integrates with our EHR, achieves information exchange and helps our health center be more efficient by automating time-consuming processes. This ultimately enables us to improve treatment times, reimbursements and patient care, as well as meet core regulatory requirements."
With MU2 top of mind for many healthcare organizations and physician EHR adoption rates continuously increasing, there is a growing demand for hospitals and imaging centers to provide imaging data to all EHRs used by their provider community. Without any additional infrastructure, iConnect® Network enables providers to meet regulatory requirements and deliver critical patient data directly into a community physician's EHR without having to build expensive point-to-point HL7 interfaces.
"We have prior experience with Merge's iConnect Access solution, and we know the organization's reputation for providing cost-effective technologies with little software involvement from IT teams throughout implementation," said Frederick Sachs, Chief Information Officer at Long Island Radiology, one of the beta site customers who helped Merge with the release of iConnect Network. "We've received a lot of positive feedback from referring physicians, and we anticipate that this will be an exciting opportunity for them to provide faster treatments and, ultimately, improve patient care."
Ron Cornett, Director of Information Technology at Radiology Ltd, Merge's second beta site customer for iConnect Network, agrees. "The beauty of working with a platform like iConnect Network is the seamless integration with our referring physician base. Now we're able to support our entire community of providers as they meet the demands of Meaningful Use as well as future technology and care initiatives."
"We're pleased that our customers see the value and financial opportunities associated with implementing iConnect Network," said Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "Not only are we enabling them to cost-effectively solve a real-world business problem, we are meeting the challenges that healthcare providers are facing with Meaningful Use and interoperability. We are dedicated to providing technologies that support value-based, collaborative care and will continue to innovate and expand the iConnect Network in the coming months with several phased roll outs."
Additional capabilities will be added to iConnect Network over time, including:
- Electronic patient referrals and online ordering processes
- Automated insurance pre-certification services for imaging centers and hospitals
- Direct patient access to care navigation for scheduling and accessing images
To learn more about iConnect Network, visit Merge's booth #2529 at the Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) Annual Meeting on December 1-6, in Chicago, Ill., for a demo.
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 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 merge.com.
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