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Merge Healthcare’s OrthoEMR v4.0 Receives Complete EHR Ambulatory Certification Tested and certified under the Drummond Group's EHR ONC-ATCB program, Merge OrthoEMR is 2011/2012 compliant and meets the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Merge Healthcare’s OrthoEMR v4.0 Receives Complete EHR Ambulatory Certification

Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB certifies solution compliant to meet Meaningful Use standards

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions has received the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval by earning complete EHR Ambulatory certification from Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program.

This certification means Merge OrthoEMR ensures that providers can qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested and certified under the Drummond Group's EHR ONC-ATCB program, Merge OrthoEMR is 2011/2012 compliant and meets the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

In addition, Merge OrthoEMR has been certified to electronically generate and transmit prescriptions.

“Receiving complete EHR certification, including electronic prescribing, validates that providers can now leverage Merge OrthoEMR to make significant improvements in clinical care delivery and to achieve Meaningful Use thereby qualifying for incentive funds under ARRA,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare.

“The quality of care and efficiency benefits that come with computerization and Meaningful Use standardization are going to make a significant difference in the overall patient experience,” continued Surges. “We are proud that our solutions will be at the cutting edge of the positive change that awaits our industry.”

Merge OrthoEMR v4.0, which meets the requirements for complete EHR Ambulatory certification, allows providers to better utilize resources though electronic prescription orders, lab interfacing and a patient portal resulting in improved communication between users and patients.

“While most software solutions designed for replacing paper charts required users to change the way they work – ultimately decreasing productivity – Merge OrthoEMR does not,” said Jeff Surges. “Merge OrthoEMR was developed around specific criteria to improve workflow and efficiency, thus allowing orthopaedic providers to see more patients.”
Merge OrthoEMR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, 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, August 18, 2011, Merge OrthoEMR version 4.0, Certificate ID 08182011-1203-1, Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0027, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0052, NQF0061, NQF0421. No additional software used.

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 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.

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