Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) Adds Merge Healthcare's Advanced Interoperability Platform for Clinical and Operational Workflow Efficiency

iConnect(R) Network Enables Single-Connection Delivery of Patient Information for Enhanced Provider Interactions, Continuity of Care and Regulatory Initiatives

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| Source: Merge Healthcare

CHICAGO, Jan. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), a national network of high-quality, cost-effective, outpatient medical imaging and related service providers, has extended their Merge partnership to include iConnect Network. Once live, this web-based, advanced interoperability platform will enable clinical providers to securely share radiology reports with links to relevant medical images and other patient information.

"Our strategy is simple. We want to focus on quality patient care by ensuring ease of access to imaging information for treating clinicians," said Linda Bagley, Senior Vice President of Business Process and Technology at CDI. "We're collaborating with Merge to ultimately leverage iConnect Network's single connection so our clinical customers will be able to easily exchange critical patient data and results electronically."

"In the future, we hope to provide services for online ordering and automated insurance pre-certifications using Clinical Decision Support (CDS)," continued Bagley. "We're pleased to work with Merge on such a powerful technology service that will ultimately enable CDI-affiliated centers to provide customers with a complete package when it comes to integrating imaging services into patient care."

"We value our longstanding partnership with CDI and are thrilled to support their goals for continuity of care," said Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge. "CDI's deep focus on their referring clinician base enables our partnership to drive electronic standardization of image ordering. The advanced imaging and interoperability network Merge is creating will benefit clinicians and the communities they serve. Through our iConnect Network, we'll support care models and regulatory initiatives, such as value-based care and Meaningful Use Stage 2, as well as provide image-enabled reporting, allowing for better communication and performance amongst clinicians and hospitals to enhance the patient care experience."  

About Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)

Headquartered in Minneapolis, Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) has been a leader in high-quality, cost-effective, outpatient radiology imaging services since 1981. CDI is a collection of partnerships including Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), Insight Imaging and affiliated providers. Through its network, CDI is one of the nation's largest providers of diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and mobile imaging services. The organization bases its differentiation on clinical excellence by its affiliated subspecialized radiologists, compassionate and cost-efficient care, and superior service to referring offices and patients. Visit www.CDIradiology.com for more information.

About Merge

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 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.

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