NorthWise Services Partners With Merge to Offer Comprehensive Clinical Trial Services

eClinical OS(TM) Provides Single Platform for Clinical Study Data Capture, Processing and Reporting

 

CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that NorthWise Services (NWS) has partnered with Merge and selected eClinical OS™ to collect, manage and report on clinical trials data across all studies.

NWS is a specialist CRO offering services in data management, statistics and medical writing. Its services are complementary to the offerings of Merge, which has allowed for a strong and active working partnership to develop.

“NWS has always supported products at the forefront of eClinical technology, but in the past this tended to be separated into different software tools for EDC, ePRO, IVR, etc.,” explained Dr. Philip North, Managing Director of NorthWise Services. “It is therefore very appealing now to be able to access a wide range of eClinical functions on a single web-based platform, with just one user login and password.”

Recognizing the potential benefits of eClinical OS in collecting, managing and reporting clinical trials data across all phases, NWS has arranged to have its own eClinical OS certified study builder, who can now build studies for clients using eClinical OS.

“We were pleased with how easy it was for our study builder to become qualified and certified in the use of eClinical OS,” continued Dr. North. “Merge provided NWS access to eClinical OS in a sandbox environment during the self-training process. Because of this, the qualification was quickly and entirely achieved, using only the extensive online training materials available within eClinical OS. The built-in training materials were intuitive and thorough. Our staff did not require any additional help from Merge – though that would have been available if needed.”

Cost transparency using eClinical OS’s self-service quoting tool was also a benefit to NWS.

“The cost calculator tool has been very valuable,” added Dr. North. “Not only is Merge eClinical OS competitive in the eClinical marketplace, but this tool allows us to remain competitive when bidding on a new study with our sponsor clients.”

“With eClinical OS, NWS has deep visibility into the cost of its studies,” said Justin Dearborn, President of Merge Healthcare. “We designed a cost calculator into the system which allows our clients to generate their own quotes and create budget scenarios in real-time. This provides them with the decision support tools to balance options and costs.”

Merge eClinical OS provides end-to-end study support through a single, easy-to-use interface allowing clients to manage and run studies more efficiently than ever before. It delivers built-in study templates, libraries and reports to help users create studies quickly and manage them effectively without technical assistance. Merge eClinical OS works for the largest and smallest studies, has the flexibility to support trials in any phase, and captures any type of data, from any source, from any modality.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

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About NorthWise Services

NorthWise Services (NWS) was founded in January 2001, and has main offices at the Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne, UK. NWS offers a range of services, including data management, statistics, and medical writing, to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other industries, and other services and products through strategic working alliances. For more information, visit northwiseservices.com.

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Graham Hospital Selects iConnect(R) and Merge Honeycomb(TM) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability and Storage

Upgrade to Latest Version of Merge PACS(TM) Also Enhances Workflow for Community Hospital

CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Graham Hospital has selected Merge Healthcare’s entire iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform as well as Merge Honeycomb Archive to implement an enterprise-wide imaging strategy.

“At Graham Hospital we strive to apply forward-thinking technologies to deliver on our mission of providing compassionate, quality health services. Clearly, interoperability and cloud solutions represent the future of imaging,” explained Jim Schreiner, CIO, Graham Hospital.

“With iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform we will be able to deliver anywhere, any time access to images as well as secure storage of images in the iConnect Enterprise Archive. We will then be utilizing Merge Honeycomb Archive for cost-effective, long-term storage of the second copy of our patient images. We believe that by taking an enterprise-wide view of imaging we will see a decrease in our total cost of ownership and reduce the drain on our internal IT resources,” Schreiner concluded.

“As a long-time Merge PACS user, this new enterprise-wide imaging strategy builds on our partnership with Merge,” added Penny McElroy, Director of Imaging. “We knew that we wanted to upgrade to the latest version of Merge PACS and realized it was also the perfect opportunity to think longer-term while simultaneously improving our radiology workflow in the near-term.”

“We have seen clients from large IDNs to community hospitals like Graham Hospital start to really embrace enterprise imaging strategies and look at the cloud as a viable solution to the business and operational challenges they are facing,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Additionally, now that Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules include image-enabling the EHR as a menu set measure, Graham will be well-positioned to meet these future requirements.”

Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform is the industry’s only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. It includes iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server, iConnect Share, a gateway for image sharing across the enterprise and iConnect Enterprise Archive, a vendor-neutral archive to create an enterprise imaging strategy. Ranked the VNA global market leader by InMedica, it works with existing applications, leveraging widely-used web and healthcare technology standards, to provide a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. Merge Honeycomb Archive provides a long-term storage option that houses images securely, in multiple locations, providing anywhere, any time access. It delivers comprehensive functionality in a high-availability, high-security framework that meets HIPAA and other privacy requirements.

Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system, enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party systems.

*iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge’s enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 25 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757

Cautionary Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in this news release may include forward-looking statements, which could involve a number of risks and uncertainties. When used in this press release, the words “will,” “believes,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “expects” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Lesley Weisenbacher
         Vice President, Marketing
         312.540.6623 | lesley.weisenbacher@merge.com