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Merge Healthcare Ranked Market Leader for Vendor-Neutral Archives in 2013

CHICAGO, Nov. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that it was named the global market share leader for providing vendor-neutral archive (VNA) solutions in both the Americas and the rest of the world in 2013 by IHS. Based on vendor revenue, Merge's iConnect® Enterprise Archive accounted for 13.2 percent of the market in 2013, integrating with hundreds of third-party vendor PACS and site archives.

In order to expand this market leading position, Merge is introducing a DICOM Migration System (DMS) for iConnect Enterprise Archive v10.0, empowering organizations to manage their own DICOM migrations. This solution helps to meet physicians growing need for access to all clinical content anywhere, at any time, resulting in reduced costs and improved patient care.

"As the fifth largest health system in the nation, we saw the need to consolidate several of our PACS archives from different specialties," said Matt Granger, Imaging Systems Administrators at Dignity Health. "We already leverage Merge for enterprise-wide archiving, and the DMS migration tool is a convenient add-on for our team, creating significant cost and time savings for Dignity Health. Through pre-testing and a collaborative partnership, we've been able to work with Merge to provide feedback on these upgrades, and we've truly seen our partnership shine through in the final result."

In addition, iConnect Enterprise v10.0 now provides healthcare organizations with a single enterprise class solution to store their non-DICOM clinical content in a standards based Integrated XDS image source/repository. Merge's unified solution runs through a single database, bringing all clinical content together in a single repository. Customers will be able to store, manage and process non-DICOM and DICOM data together.

"It is an honor to be ranked as the market leader for our VNA solutions in 2013–it's a true testament to our forward-thinking initiatives and investments," said Justin Dearborn, CEO at Merge. "Our ultimate goal is to help providers give the best patient care, and our VNA supports that goal with better access to historic patient data. We have always found great value in working with our clients to obtain feedback regarding their solutions. The iConnect Enterprise Archive upgrade and our work with Dignity Health are great examples of how this type of collaborative partnership improve our platform to better serve the healthcare industry as a whole and specifically the needs of our clients."

To learn more about iConnect Enterprise Archive, stop by Merge booth #1329 at this year's RSNA meeting in Chicago, November 30 through December 5, or visit merge.com/iConnectEnterpriseArchive.

About Dignity Health

Dignity Health, one of the nation's five largest health care systems, is a 21-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 55,000 employees, and more than 380 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In 2014, Dignity Health provided nearly $1.7 billion in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Merge

Merge is a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare. Merge's enterprise and cloud-based technologies for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides clinical trials software with end-to-end study support in a single platform and other intelligent health data and analytics solutions. With solutions that have been used by providers for more than 25 years, Merge is helping to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com and follow us @MergeHealthcare.

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Source:Merge Healthcare