Advanced Radiology of Columbia Selects Merge Healthcare’s End-to-End Radiology Solution to Achieve Meaningful Use

CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Advanced Radiology of Columbia, a leading radiology practice in central Missouri, will implement its integrated suite of radiology solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

“Clients like Advanced Radiology understand the bigger picture and see the inherent value in having a complete radiology solution,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With Merge’s radiology suite they now have a single solution that has tight RIS/PACS integration – not just an interface – and provides singular reporting capabilities for RIS and Financials. Plus, they are now equipped to achieve Meaningful Use and obtain up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives for their radiologists.”

“We partnered with Merge because their vision aligned with our goal of providing an outpatient diagnostic facility that was more than high tech machinery,” said Greg Johnson, CEO, Advanced Radiology. “We believe that for physicians to provide effective and efficient care, the information they need from diagnostic procedures should be provided immediately. To do so, and to successfully position our practice for the future, we needed a complete, end-to-end solution, like that from Merge that would increase our efficiencies.”

“Before Merge, our radiologists had to log into multiple RIS and dictation systems, which over time added up to a significant amount of time that could have been better utilized,” continued Johnson. “Now, all of our systems, including Financials, will be integrated which will enable our radiologists to spend more time delivering care.”

The Merge radiology suite includes Merge RIS, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge Financials, a web-based billing system that improves revenue cycle management; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; and Merge CADstream, a MRI-CAD for breast, liver and prostate analysis and reporting.

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

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About Advanced Radiology

Advance Radiology is a leading team of six subspecialty radiologists who read for more than 50 orthopaedic physicians throughout central Missouri. Physicians refer their patients to Advanced Radiology for exceptional imaging and procedure quality, same day delivery of results, as well clinically-specific, detailed reports and consultative services. Advanced Radiology is the leading provider of diagnostic services to athletes from the area’s university, college and high school sports teams who require imaging and immediate results so that their physicians, coaches and trainers can design an immediate treatment plan.
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