Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading health IT solutions provider, today announced that Radiology Associates of Sacramento (RAS), the largest private radiology practice in Northern California, has expanded their Merge solution suite to include Merge iConnect™.
"In today's healthcare enterprise, broad interoperability is a requirement," explained Craig Roy, Chief Information Officer of RAS. "Radiology has been digital forever, but many practices were built as silos of information. We see real value in the Merge iConnect strategy of providing a complete solution for bringing our diagnostic content into any healthcare record. We started with the Merge PACS solution for digital imaging within radiology, and added their vendor neutral archive (VNA) to help with image management across the enterprise. However, RAS was using a different vendor for our image distribution. The result was that we had to use a separate cache of images. We just moved to iConnect Access, and so far we are very pleased with the results."
Merge iConnect is an interoperability suite that allows providers to view current and historical images and content, regardless of the multiple applications in which the images are stored. Access to diagnostic information at the point of patient care is important for detecting and monitoring the progression of disease while enabling faster treatment and reducing duplicate exams. iConnect Access is a critical component, providing, a zero-footprint, zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer that enables diagnostic quality image review for referring physicians.
Diagnostic imaging is widely regarded as one of the most important advances in medicine, yet the images are often not available on demand at the point of care. "Merge saw a real need in the market to provide end-to-end imaging interoperability for forward-thinking providers such as RAS," explains CEO Jeff Surges. "While there are a number of niche players in the market, no one else has the experience, expertise and client footprint to deliver a complete solution that meets all requirements of image exchange and management."
Merge Healthcare Incorporated develops and integrates information technology to create a better electronic healthcare experience. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to sophisticated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.
RAS is Northern California's premier provider of specialty healthcare services. Our core services include radiology, interventional / neurointerventional radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine, hematology / medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, thoracic surgery, urology, vein treatment and vascular surgery. Established in 1917, RAS provides quality healthcare to patients through multiple outpatient locations in four Sacramento area counties.
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