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TMCNet:  Bozeman Deaconess Selects Merge Healthcare's Vendor-Neutral Archive and Interoperability Solutions for Enhanced Physician Workflow and Patient Care

[February 06, 2014]

Bozeman Deaconess Selects Merge Healthcare's Vendor-Neutral Archive and Interoperability Solutions for Enhanced Physician Workflow and Patient Care

(GlobeNewswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of innovative enterprise imaging, interoperability and clinical systems that seek to advance healthcare, today announced that Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, a not-for-profit, Level III trauma organization providing a range of services throughout four hospitals in Montana, has chosen Merge for its vendor-neutral archive (VNA) and interoperability solutions. The partnership will enable Bozeman Deaconess to deliver real-time clinical data, enable seamless integration across clinics within its hospital networks and enhance clinical decision-making to improve overall patient care.


"As the industry continues to shift and rely more heavily on information technology for critical data exchange, we're addressing these changes head on by implementing solutions that enable instantaneous information sharing," said Kelly Syvertson, PACS Administrator at Bozeman Deaconess. "Our continued relationship with Merge will enable our providers to have access to enterprise-wide solutions in order to quickly and seamlessly share critical patient information, enhance communications with our referring providers and improve quality outcomes." After working with Merge to complete an assessment and pinpoint areas of improvement, Bozeman has expanded their portfolio to include iConnect Enterprise Archive, Merge's VNA, to enhance pre-existing relationships, connect seamlessly with outside resources and remove the excess data they have stored to create room for necessary patient information. In addition, Bozeman expanded their use of Merge's iConnect Access, a platform that combines universal viewing and image sharing into a single enterprise solution, to enable providers to transport, view and exchange critical patient data from any browser-based device. Bozeman Deaconess currently leverages Merge PACS™ to store and access images throughout the organization, as well as Merge OrthoPACS™ to manage and view orthopedic images.

"Our providers previously relied on incoming CDs, which were imported to PACS, and accompanying reports had to be scanned and manually matched to the accession number," continued Syvertson. "We estimated that 60 percent of the information on these CDs was incorrect. Now, we will be able to move away from this manual process using Merge's interoperability platform. We're excited about this collaboration and look forward to identifying additional areas of improvement to further position ourselves for future regulation and technology changes, including HIPAA policy and archived data." "Bozeman Deaconess recognizes the value of deploying an interoperability infrastructure from one vendor, and we're proud that they have decided to expand their partnership with Merge to add an enterprise-wide imaging platform to share clinical content across their organization," said Justin Dearborn, CEO at Merge Healthcare. "Our innovative and comprehensive approach for image management and interoperability not only helps organizations overcome financial and regulatory challenges, such as Meaningful Use 2, it also advances patient care coordination across various clinical settings, giving physicians the information they need, when they need it." About Bozeman Deaconess Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is a Joint Commission certified, licensed Level III trauma center, located in Bozeman, Montana. The 86-bed facility serves southwest Montana including Gallatin, Madison and Park Counties. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital has earned the reputation of providing high quality services at very reasonable rates. The physicians on the medical staff represent numerous specialties along with the highest credentials, training and expertise in their fields of practice. For more information, visit www.bozemandeaconess.org.

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.

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The matters discussed in this news release may include forward-looking statements, which could involve a number of risks and uncertainties. When used in this press release, the words "will," "believes," "intends," "anticipates," "expects" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Jennifer Jawor Director, Corporate Marketing 312.565.6825 jennifer.jawor@merge.com Source: Merge Healthcare 2014 GlobeNewswire, Inc.

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