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Covenant Healthcare Selects Merge Healthcare iConnect for Image Interoperability Solution Covenant HealthCare will utilize Merge iConnect software to provide real-time access to images anywhere, any time at its 600-bed facility.

Covenant Healthcare Selects Merge Healthcare iConnect for Image Interoperability Solution

iConnect to provide real-time access to images anywhere, any time

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today that Covenant HealthCare will utilize its iConnect software at its 600-bed facility.

“iConnect Access integrates directly with our existing image archive to display any image, anywhere, at any time,” said Keith Grantham, Director of Information Technology, Covenant HealthCare. “We look forward to eliminating potential IT headaches that sometimes arise when communicating with associates outside the hospital.”

iConnect Access provides access to medical images for hospital physicians and referring physicians from any approved Web-enabled device. With iConnect, images can be accessed faster and easier because there is no longer a need to download images to a workstation.

iConnect Access also eliminates the need for multiple clinical viewers integrated to the electronic medical record. Clinicians can use iConnect Access’ single multi-specialty viewer to access images from Radiology, Cardiology, and other image intensive areas from multiple departments, with no additional software downloads required on the viewing device.

“Diagnostic images are a critical component of a patient’s electronic medical record,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “By being able to deliver those images faster and by providing better access to that content, our iConnect solution enables physicians to diagnose patients faster and provide better care.”

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 Covenant
One of the largest, most comprehensive health care providers north of metro Detroit, Covenant HealthCare is a non-profit health system that offers a broad spectrum of programs and services ranging from high risk obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, to acute care including cardiology, oncology, trauma, orthopedics, robotic surgery and many other services on the leading edge of medicine. All programs and services exemplify the Covenant commitment to providing extraordinary care for every generation. As a medical facility with 623 acute care licensed beds, and a complete range of medical services, Covenant HealthCare stands ready to meet the health care needs of east central Michigan. With more than 20 inpatient and outpatient facilities and a trauma/emergency department that provides 80,000 visits per year, Covenant HealthCare offers convenience and easy access to high quality care throughout the region.

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