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Merge Healthcare Selected By Prominent East Coast Practices To Achieve Meaningful Use Merge’s solution will enable practices to capture and report on metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records.

Merge Healthcare Selected By Prominent East Coast Practices To Achieve Meaningful Use

MU Acceleration Among Radiology and Imaging Practices

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced today the addition of Reston Radiology Consultants (VA), Washington Radiology Associates (VA), Shady Grove Radiological Consultants (MD) and Advanced Diagnostic Radiology (MD) to its growing base of clients utilizing Merge RIS.

Merge’s solution will enable practices to capture and report on metrics required to demonstrate Meaningful Use of electronic health records. As eligible providers, radiologists can receive Meaningful Use incentives under the HITECH provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

With Merge, physicians can fulfill the objective of Meaningful Use by exchanging health information to improve quality of health care. According to the Diagnostic Imaging, more than 90% of radiologists are considered eligible providers and can qualify to receive the financial incentives – estimated at more than $1billion – offered by the stimulus plan.

“Not only are we improving workflow and patient care, but because the Merge solution will be certified as a complete EHR, eligible physicians within our practice can receive incentives up to $44k each,” said Jeffrey Atkin, Chief Operating Officer of Reston Radiology Consultants.

“We selected Merge’s Meaningful Use solution because their technology is cutting edge and soon to be certified,” said Larry Busching, Chief Operating Officer at Shady Grove Radiological Consultants. “The functionality that is inherent in their Meaningful Use module, including integration with labs and pharmacies, clinical decision support and a patient portal, will enable us to significantly improve workflow efficiency.”

“Merge Healthcare is the market leader in end-to-end solutions for radiology groups and imaging centers,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “Our solutions are widely-embraced by radiologists because those solutions streamline workflow processes, easily integrate with existing systems, provide a true return on investment and most important, create a better electronic healthcare experience for both providers and patients.”

These clients join the more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics already utilizing Merge Healthcare solutions.

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.

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Brenda Stewart
Director of Marketing Communications
312-540-6622
brenda.stewart@merge.com

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