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Chicago’s Top Children’s Hospital Selects Merge Healthcare iConnect for Image Interoperability Children’s Memorial Hospital to provide real-time access and sharing of images across their enterprise.

Chicago’s Top Children’s Hospital Selects Merge Healthcare iConnect for Image Interoperability

Children’s Memorial Hospital to provide real-time access and sharing of images across their enterprise

Chicago, IL (July 26, 2011) Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today that Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Chicagoland region’s top provider of pediatric specialty care, will install its iConnect software suite (VNA, Access and Share) at its 270-bed facility.

Children’s Memorial Hospital required a solution that would enable their pediatric radiologists to view, read and archive images from multiple locations in a single solution. With the Merge iConnect software suite, pediatric radiologists and treating providers will be able to access images on any workstation, onsite or remote, at any time.

“Images are a critically important element when it comes to diagnosing and providing care,” said Stan Krok, CIO at Children’s Memorial Hospital. “And when you receive as many imaging referrals as we do, ensuring you can share and provide access to those images with your physicians becomes equally important. iConnect is providing us with a solution that will improve physician workflow and ultimately, patient care.”

Merge’s iConnect suite of solutions includes a vendor neutral archive that enables physicians to manage content from disparate departmental solutions, a zero-footprint DICOM and XDS viewer that provides image review from any approved Web-enabled device and enables the sharing of images between referring centers without the need for additional equipment. Merge also offers advanced viewing capabilities that provide a complete set of diagnostic tools, including 3D that can also be shared across the enterprise.

“Children’s Memorial Hospital clearly demonstrates the power and value of image interoperability, and is a perfect example of how an organization can transform the healthcare delivery process by sharing information,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “As a leader in imaging management, Children’s is setting the bar for others to follow.”

About Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare is the leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology and orthopaedics; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

About Children’s Memorial Hospital
Children's Memorial Hospital is the region's top provider of pediatric specialty care, and Illinois' only freestanding hospital exclusively for kids. Regionally ranked #1, based on volume, in all pediatric specialties, we served more than 146,000 children in 2010. Licensed for 270 beds, our medical staff includes 1,100 pediatric specialists and offers 70 pediatric specialties.

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