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Merge Healthcare Partners With Cisco to Bring Digital PACS to the Kingdom of Jordan

CHICAGO, Dec. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced a partnership with Cisco to deliver high quality, affordable radiology services to public hospitals in the Kingdom of Jordan through Jordan Health Ministries' Jordan Health Initiative. This new solution, Cisco Service Exchange Platform (SXP), is the first service exchange cloud for radiology to be piloted in the Middle East and Africa.

As a leading provider of radiology and interoperability solutions for healthcare organizations, Merge has partnered with Cisco to offer SXP, a cloud-based platform that integrates picture archiving and communication system (PACS), radiology information system (RIS), and Cisco collaboration software.

The Cisco SXP platform will provide radiology services to three Ministry of Health hospitals in Jordan – Al-Bashir hospital in Amman, Al-Mafraq Governmental Hospital in the northeast and Queen Rania Hospital in the south. The service based PACS allows image access via the cloud and supports improved patient care by reducing the turnaround time for imaging review and lowers costs by removing the need for film. Through this new platform, images are digitized, stored in the cloud, and available for viewing from remote locations, enabling providers to work collaboratively with specialists to deliver patient care.

"We are pleased to partner with Cisco and the Ministry of Health to offer radiology services to communities in Jordan. We appreciate the opportunity that cloud based radiology solutions offer to geographically diverse regions and believe that this is a significant step in delivering enhanced access to care to remote communities," said Justin Dearborn, Chief Operating Officer of Merge Healthcare.

"We are proud to be able to work with Merge Healthcare to collaborate with the Government of Jordan and focus on our joint goal to transform healthcare delivery and continue to increase access to quality healthcare services for people in remote and underserved communities in Jordan," stated Laura Quintana, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Cisco.

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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