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Southern Illinois Healthcare Selects Merge Healthcare for Enterprise-Wide Cardiology Imaging and Informatics Strategy merge healthcare, southern illinois healthcare, merge cardiology solutions, patient-centric EHR, enterprise imaging Integrated solution enables patient-centric EHR; provides anywhere access to images

Southern Illinois Healthcare Selects Merge Healthcare for Enterprise-Wide Cardiology Imaging and Informatics Strategy

Integrated solution enables patient-centric EHR; provides anywhere access to images

Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced that Southern Illinois Healthcare, will implement Merge’s entire cardiology solution suite across its system of six hospitals and healthcare clinics to create an integrated and enterprise-wide imaging platform.

“Southern Illinois Healthcare represents the type of organization we like to partner with,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “One of their main goals is to deliver a complete, patient-centric EHR, and they know that to do so, it must include images. In addition, they need to provide physicians with access to those images anywhere, any time. They turned to Merge because we were the only partner able to provide a solution that solved that challenge.”

“Our challenge was that we were not consistent across our products; we had a piece meal approach that made workflow difficult for our physicians,” said Dave Holland, Vice President and CIO of Southern Illinois Healthcare. “It’s our job to provide our physicians with the tools required to provide care, and those tools must increase efficiency. Now, with the integrated Merge Cardio solution all of the information our physicians need about a patient is right at their fingertips. It’s this type of healthcare technology automation that is driving efficiency into our processes and helping us provide better care.”

Southern Illinois Healthcare will implement the full portfolio of Merge cardiology solutions, including Merge Cardio, an enterprise-level image and information system that manages digital images and clinical tools such as web-based physician reporting; Merge Hemo, a catheterization laboratory knowledge tool, ranked #1 by KLAS, that integrates complete functionality for data collection, analysis and reporting; and Merge iConnect VNA, a vendor-neutral archive that consolidates images from disparate PACS, specialties and sites for a consolidated patient view that allows physicians to access current and historical images at the point of care.

About Merge Healthcare
Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. 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.

About Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)
Southern Illinois Healthcare, a not-for-profit health care system, is dedicated to promoting the health and well being of all of the people in the communities it serves. SIH is guided by its values: compassion, collaboration, quality, stewardship, integrity, accountability and respect. Over 2,000 employees, along with physicians and volunteers, work together to ensure that the health care needs of those they serve are met by treating patients in SIH facilities, by offering services in rural clinics, by collaborating with some of America's best hospitals and by improving the quality of life in their communities with charitable community benefits programs.

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

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