Largest Integrated Hospital in Green Bay Provides Interoperable Cardiology Image Exchange
CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that St. Vincent Hospital, the largest hospital in Green Bay, WI and a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System, will implement Merge’s complete cardiology solution suite to capture, manage and display cardiac images, and hemodynamics and ECG data across its enterprise.
“St. Vincent Hospital is an example for others to follow as they’ve set in place a strategy that promotes the sharing of images and information across their enterprise,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “They are taking the critically important step of providing physicians with access to images and information regardless of their location. With this type of ‘anywhere, any time’ access to images and information, they’re delivering on a plan that will help improve the healthcare experience for patients and physicians.”
“We saw the success that our sister organizations in the Hospital Sisters Health System had in implementing the combined Merge Cardio and Merge Hemo suite,” explained Sandi Rochon, Executive Director, Cardiopulmonary & Vascular Services, St. Mary’s and St. Vincent Hospitals. “In addition to the positive experience of our sister organizations, the Merge solutions are highly-respected by users. For example, Merge Hemo is ranked #1 by KLAS (an organization that measures customers’ product perceptions). Earning a designation like that says a lot about their commitment to excellence.”
“As an Interventional Cardiologist with Prevea Health, I need to have immediate access to a patient’s cardiac catheterization record to ensure I make the most informed medical decisions,” said Zhaowei Ai, MD, PhD, FACC. “With Merge’s solutions, I can see cardiac images wherever I am, be it my office or at the hospital. Having this type of access is extremely beneficial to timely and safe patient care.”
St. Vincent selected the full suite of Merge Cardiology Solutions for its ability to help improve workflow and enhance patient care. With Merge Cardio, patient information is integrated from different sources into a centralized web-based system. As a result, cardiologists can quickly access their patient’s complete cardiology file from a single point (including the EMR), generate a report, and distribute it in a single session—even if they are at a remote location.
With the simplified reporting tools inherent to Merge Cardio, physicians can now get information and reports faster, and in a more consistent manner. And with its integration with the industry’s top EMRs, that information can be accessed timely and securely regardless of location.
The Merge Cardiology suite includes Merge Cardio™, an enterprise-level image and information system; Merge Hemo™, a catheterization laboratory knowledge tool for data collection, analysis and reporting (ranked #1 by KLAS); iConnect® Access, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS viewer; and iConnect® Share, an Internet-based gateway for image sharing.
*Based on clinical performance by Thomson Reuters
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; electronic health record and practice management solutions for image-intensive specialties; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management; applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world, and a network of patient-centric, wellness stations. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years.
About St. Vincent Hospital
In 1888, four sisters in the Third Order of St.Francis—with humble resources, but an abundance of faith—began a healing mission among the people living in the Green Bay area. Their vision was a hospital built on charitable principles, but employing the finest medical practices of the day. Today, St. Vincent Hospital has grown well beyond the Sisters’ early vision, emerging as a major healthcare institution. St. Vincent Hospital is a member of the Hospital Sisters Health System, one of the largest private health care systems in the United States. The heritage of healing so cherished by the four sisters continues yet today. St. Vincent Hospital is dedicated to providing personalized healthcare to all patients. It’s a dedication the staff sums up in four simple words: Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.