Merge eMed Releases FUSION RIS(TM) And RIS/PACS Version 3.0

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Merge eMed , a Merge Healthcare company and leader in medical imaging software and services, today announced the release of FUSION RIS and RIS/PACS Version 3.0. Utilizing a strong history of customer-centric development, this new release continues to enhance business and clinical workflow in both FUSION RIS and FUSION RIS/PACS. The new enhancements in scheduling, dictation, exam routing, and RIS/PACS hanging protocol configuration produce RIS-driven hanging protocols that capture the power of RIS information to streamline the presentation of images in the PACS, which can be accessed throughout the enterprise from a single, unified end-user desktop application.

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Merge eMed's FUSION RIS is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, HIPAA-supportive Radiology Information System (RIS) designed with the help of clients to replicate radiology workflow "best practices" within Imaging Centers or Radiology Departments.

FUSION RIS allows clients to realize substantial improvements in productivity by integrating information and automating traditional manual or paper methods related to scheduling, patient registration and tracking, document management, dictation, report turnaround, billing, claims processing, and other mission-critical operational functions in a practice. This automation reduces administrative workload, while increasing patient, referring physician and employee satisfaction. Additionally, the practice can uncover ways to reduce bottlenecks, maximize profits and increase revenue through practice analysis tools.

The RIS captures a goldmine of data, and that raw data can be easily turned into meaningful, decision-making information via the Practice Analysis Module(TM), enabling users to proactively react to changing business conditions. Utilizing this powerful tool, users can uncover practice-building opportunities and bottlenecks; analyze referral sources, modality utilization, procedure trends/profitability and radiologist productivity with simple-to-use reports and multi-dimensional, graphic views. Additionally, users can set up benchmarks to track and compare performance on select criteria (i.e., report turnaround time) against referring physician expectations, industry standards or competitors.

The Referring Practice Portal, an optional module is a referral-enhancing Web capability that allows real-time access to reports and their associated images from within FUSION RIS/PACS, or just reports from FUSION RIS. Additionally, it provides instant access to the Exam/Appointment Status, as well as offering an Emergency/Referral Access for hospital and clinic referrals in emergency situations. The portal has HIPAA supportive security and auditing features, and can be customized with a facility's brand identity and service information.

"The FUSION RIS and RIS/PACS solutions are designed specifically to help our customers achieve profitable business growth through integrated and efficient business and clinical workflow," says David Noshay, president of Merge eMed. "I am pleased that we can deliver this newest upgrade, which provides our customers with so many features that were created as a result of their innovative suggestions."

The FUSION line of workflow products is proven deployed solutions with more than 300 installations, supported by Merge eMed's two decades of integration expertise.

Merge eMed will demonstrate FUSION RIS and RIS/PACS 3.0, in addition to the FUSION MATRIX PACS and clinical applications, at the Radiological Society of North America in the Merge eMed booth, #1918.

Merge Healthcare is a market leader in the development and delivery of medical imaging and information management software and services. With over twenty years of leadership in the medical imaging and healthcare information technology markets, Merge Healthcare provides innovative solutions for both OEM and the end-user healthcare markets. We custom engineer clinical and imaging applications and development tools that are on the forefront of medicine and its use of medical imaging for OEM and international customers. We develop innovative medical imaging software solutions that support end-to- end business and clinical workflow for radiology department and specialty practices, imaging centers and hospitals. Our innovative software solutions use leading-edge imaging software technologies that accelerate market delivery for our OEM customers, while our end-user solutions improve our customers' productivity and enhance the quality of patient care they provide. For additional information, visit our website at .

Merge eMed, a Merge Healthcare company, is focused on accelerating productivity for radiology department and specialty practices, imaging centers and hospitals. By combining sophisticated RIS, PACS, advanced visualization and clinical imaging applications, Merge eMed delivers integrated end-to-end software solutions and professional services that are transforming the way our customers interact with referring physicians, manage their workflow, position their businesses in their markets and deliver imaging and information services to their customers. We ensure our customers' success in today's competitive healthcare environment by streamlining business and clinical workflow with digital image and information solutions and services.

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CONTACT: Beth Frost-Johnson, Sr. VP of Marketing, +1-414-977-4254, , or Richard Linden, President and CEO, +1-414-977-4000,or , both of Merge Healthcare

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