Merge Healthcare Demonstrates iConnect(R) at HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase – #HIMSS12

HIMSS Demonstration Builds on Four Years of Successful IHE Connectathon Testing

CHICAGO, Feb. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced that Merge iConnect® will be featured at the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase (booth #11000) at this year’s HIMSS conference in Las Vegas, February 21-24.

“We’re proud that iConnect is part of the Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS, and of the collaborative effort that is taking place among healthcare IT vendors to ensure interoperability among the myriad of systems and interfaces hospitals use to share data,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Attendees will see first-hand how interoperable systems, like iConnect Access, communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable providers to use information more effectively.”

Merge iConnect Access provides a true “zero-footprint” image viewing capability and can be embedded into many third party products. iConnect Access is part of the iConnect portfolio, which is the only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. iConnect provides interoperable image exchange and management, and is an enabling technology that reduces or eliminates many barriers to efficiency in healthcare organizations.

Merge’s client base spans 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics. iConnect is in use at some of the largest and most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the third largest pediatric hospital in the U.S.; HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation; and DuPage Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in the country.

In addition to demonstrating iConnect Access at the Interoperability Showcase, Merge Healthcare will feature the following imaging and interoperability solutions at booth #1023:

  • iConnect® Share, an Internet-gateway capable of receiving and morphing studies from outside the enterprise, allowing for prompt electronic transfer of images (vs. burning and sending on a CD).
  • iConnect® VNA, a vendor neutral archive to create a patient-centric record of images across all sites and modalities, enabling physicians to manage content from disparate storage solutions.
  • Merge Honeycomb™, a cloud-based platform featuring free image sharing.
  • Merge Radiology Solutions, an end-to-end suite including Merge RIS™ (designed to meet Meaningful Use), Merge PACS™, Merge Financials™, Merge Documents™ and Merge Dashboards™.
  • Merge EHR, an electronic health record for image-intensive specialties, including OB, orthopedics and eye care.
  • Merge Cardio™, a cardiology image and information management system that supports all modalities, and Merge Hemo™, for real-time documentation.
  • Merge AIMS™, an electronic anesthesia information management system and Merge PreSurgical™, a pre-operative solution to gather patient date ad manage patient risk.

iConnect Completes IHE Connectathon 4 Consecutive Years

Merge iConnect Access successfully completed testing for all registered Integration Profiles at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Connectathon held last month in Chicago. Merge Healthcare tested successfully with 25 different vendors and its solutions were proven to meet all required functionality and interoperability requirements including the IHE ATNA security profile. Merge completed six IHE Integration Profiles, including Consistent Time (CT), Audit Trail and Node Authentication (ATNA), Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing-b (XDS.b), Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b), Patient Identifier Cross-Referencing (PIX) and Patient Demographics Query (PDQ). This confirms that Merge iConnect Access can be used in IHE XDS (Cross Enterprise Document Sharing) solutions including Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) around the world.

The IHE Connectathon is the healthcare IT industry’s only large-scale interoperability testing event. It provides detailed validation of the participants’ interoperability and compliance with IHE profiles. During the Connectathon systems exchange information with complementary systems from multiple vendors, performing all of the transactions required for the roles they have selected, called IHE Actors, in support of defined clinical use cases, called IHE Profiles. Thousands of vendor-to-vendor connections have been tested overall, and tens of thousands of transactions passed among the systems tested.

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