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Merge Announces Release of New Eye Care Imaging Solutions

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CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced an update to the Merge Eye Care PACS™ solution that includes support for the DICOM OPT (OCT) standard as well as support for video.

As a standalone application integrated with an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Merge Eye Care PACS integrates all diagnostic devices and clinical applications utilized in an ophthalmic practice into one end to end system, giving physicians the ability to review all of their patient's images and diagnostic reports side-by-side from anywhere, at anytime via a web browser or web-enabled device.

"Merge is proud to be one of the first vendors to support the OCT standard, as this standard is becoming an increasingly indispensable modality at eye care facilities to obtain valuable images and data," said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "Eye Care is a critical segment for Merge and it's important that we continue to evolve our market-leading solution."

"We've been using solutions from Merge for several years as the backbone for our digital imaging strategy," said Dr. Joel A. Miller MD from Retina Consultants of Michigan. "This new support for OCT data in the same viewer as all of our modalities is exciting and will improve our workflow. Our efficiency as health care providers improves as we offer more services to our patients without additional cost."

By supporting the OCT standard, Merge Eye Care PACS can be used as a single viewer, delivering multiple eye care modalities, in a vendor neutral viewing environment. Like other advanced review tools in Merge Eye Care PACS, the controls for viewing and manipulating OCT images enable users to view images side-by-side, scan through frames, and slices, and perform detailed measurements. And as the industry OCT standard continues to develop, Merge Eye Care PACS will become more advanced as well.

In addition to OCT image viewing, Merge Eye Care PACS 4.0 allows for full HD video viewing and web-based SD/HD video upload and remote management.

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 20 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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Source:Merge Healthcare