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OnQ Research Selects Merge eClinical OS(TM) for Electronic Data Capture

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CHICAGO, May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that OnQ Research Pty Ltd, a South African based full-service Clinical Research Organization (CRO), has selected Merge's eClinical OS™ solution for electronic data capture (EDC) to expand their in-house data management service offering.

"To further ensure the quality of our services and eliminate the need to subcontract data management, we were looking for an easy-to-use yet comprehensive system with a flexible costing model," said Catherine Lund, Managing Director of OnQ Research.

"At OnQ Research, we believe in offering high quality, flexible contract research options to our clients, and were looking for a partner who does the same," continued Lund. "We were thrilled to learn that Merge had launched a self-run, pay-as-you-go platform – something yet to be seen anywhere else in the industry. With Merge eClinical OS, we are able to select only the capabilities needed for a particular study, and keep upfront costs to a minimum."

"With eClinical OS' step-by-step, self-service Configurator, our clients can generate their own quotes and create budget scenarios in real-time," said Zaher El-Assi, General Manager of Merge eClinical. "Cost-transparency and dynamic study estimates provide OnQ Research the flexibility and decision support tools needed as they continue to grow their business."

Merge eClinical OS offers a single, easy-to-use interface for all data capture, processing and reporting functions needed to manage a trial. Clinical trial capabilities can be mixed and matched to build a solid foundation for each trial environment, and clients pay for only the functionality they need, when they need it. Plus, it delivers built-in study templates, libraries and reports to help users create studies quickly and manage them effectively without technical assistance. The latest advancements include the addition of a mobile alerts and reporting application, which allows users to review study data directly from any mobile web-enabled device. The mobile application is anticipated to be released later this month.

About Merge Healthcare

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.

About OnQ Research Pty Ltd

Founded in 1999 in Johannesburg, South Africa, OnQ is a niche provider of expert clinical research services, and has the capacity to undertake and facilitate an entire clinical trial in South Africa. OnQ has the ability to provide resource, and appropriate sites throughout Africa. OnQ has been involved in over 120 clinical trials, with a client database well in excess of thirty, which include major Pharmaceutical Companies, Biotech Companies, Medical Device Companies, International CROs, Donor/Government Funded Research and Academic Institutions. For more information, visit onqsa.co.za.

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