Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Merge RIS v7.0 has received the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval, thus becoming the industry’s only major radiology information system (RIS) with complete electronic health record ambulatory certification.
In 2009, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which provided for $20 billion in funding for healthcare technology (referred to as the HITECH Act). Within that, more than $1.5 billion is estimated to be available to radiologists who use certified electronic health record technology in a meaningful way. However, options in radiology have been very limited to date, as current electronic health records are either not built specifically for radiology workflow, or they are modularly-certified products that require the radiologist to purchase additional applications to meet the remaining requirements, even if they are not used.
With Merge RIS v7.0, radiology providers can now utilize a single product for radiology-specific workflow to qualify for up to $44,000 in funding under the HITECH Act.
“We are thrilled to be leading the radiology market with complete EHR certification for our radiology information software,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “This certification means that the radiology industry has a new option for participating in the HITECH Act – without having to sacrifice radiology workflow. We have been able to learn from our large install base of radiology customers and build a solution that is custom made for their specific needs and workflow. At the end of the day, we’ve worked together to ensure our solution benefits both patients and providers. ”
How Merge RIS v7.0 is Unique
Merge RIS v 7.0 integrates core Meaningful Use functionality and can capture all necessary and relevant patient information to meet the guidelines of Meaningful Use, without disrupting the traditional radiology workflow.
Functionality includes ePrescribing, enhanced reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience.
This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty.
Merge RIS in Use
Regional Medical Imaging (RMI), a large outpatient radiology group in Michigan, has participated in the testing of Merge RIS v7.0, and is currently collecting the required data to attest to Meaningful Use and receive 2011 reimbursement.
“Meaningful Use is an important initiative that carries a significant reimbursement opportunity for our organization,” said Randy Hicks, MD, owner of Regional Medical Imaging (RMI). “Therefore it’s been imperative for us to work with an organization that understands our needs and can provide a solution that will seamlessly integrate within our existing applications. I continue to be impressed with Merge’s ability to build those kinds of solutions for imaging IT.”
This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group Inc., an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.
Merge Healthcare, Merge RIS 7.0, certified on October 13, 2011. Certification ID: 10132011-1256-1, Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0031, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0052, NQF0062, NQF0387, NQF0421. No additional software used.
About Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare is a 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, orthopaedics and eye care; 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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About Drummond Group
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient. Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.