Healthcare News February 13, 2012

  • Advanced Radiology of Columbia Selects Merge Healthcare’s End-to-End Radiology Solution to Achieve Meaningful Use

    Solution to Provide Significant Efficiencies Through Automation, Universal Work Lists and Dictation

    CHICAGO, Feb. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Advanced Radiology of Columbia, a leading radiology practice in central Missouri, will implement its integrated suite of radiology solutions to improve workflow and achieve Meaningful Use.

    “Clients like Advanced Radiology understand the bigger picture and see the inherent value in having a complete radiology solution,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “With Merge’s radiology suite they now have a single solution that has tight RIS/PACS integration – not just an interface – and provides singular reporting capabilities for RIS and Financials. Plus, they are now equipped to achieve Meaningful Use and obtain up to $44,000 in stimulus incentives for their radiologists.”

    “We partnered with Merge because their vision aligned with our goal of providing an outpatient diagnostic facility that was more than high tech machinery,” said Greg Johnson, CEO, Advanced Radiology. “We believe that for physicians to provide effective and efficient care, the information they need from diagnostic procedures should be provided immediately. To do so, and to successfully position our practice for the future, we needed a complete, end-to-end solution, like that from Merge that would increase our efficiencies.”

    “Before Merge, our radiologists had to log into multiple RIS and dictation systems, which over time added up to a significant amount of time that could have been better utilized,” continued Johnson. “Now, all of our systems, including Financials, will be integrated which will enable our radiologists to spend more time delivering care.”

    The Merge radiology suite includes Merge RIS, a web-based radiology information system that streamlines workflow and enables providers to meet Meaningful Use criteria; Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system that provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location; Merge Financials, a web-based billing system that improves revenue cycle management; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically; and Merge CADstream, a MRI-CAD for breast, liver and prostate analysis and reporting.

    About Merge Healthcare

    Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. 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

    About Advanced Radiology

    Advance Radiology is a leading team of six subspecialty radiologists who read for more than 50 orthopaedic physicians throughout central Missouri. Physicians refer their patients to Advanced Radiology for exceptional imaging and procedure quality, same day delivery of results, as well clinically-specific, detailed reports and consultative services. Advanced Radiology is the leading provider of diagnostic services to athletes from the area’s university, college and high school sports teams who require imaging and immediate results so that their physicians, coaches and trainers can design an immediate treatment plan.

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  • Astound Technologies and Metro Doctors E-Access Clinics Offer Virtual Specialist Service

    We’ve all been around long enough to know that no silver bullet will cure what ails healthcare, but there is one thing on which most everyone agrees. Collaboration is essential in healthcare and healthcare doesn’t do it well. This failure ranges from simple misdiagnosis to many “adverse events”, which according to the most recent HHS report accounts for 180,000 deaths per year! I don’t want to tell you what you already know but merely draw your attention to collaboration and a solution our company, Astound Technologies, has developed called the Virtual Specialist. It’s basically takes over where Unified Communications and Telemedicine fall short and is, by all accounts, a real game changer.

    Patients, Caregivers and Doctors Connect 24/7 

    Walnut Creek, CA and Dallas, TX, February 8, 2012— Astound Technologies, LLC and Metro Doctors E-Access Clinics, LLC (MDEAC) today announced they have entered into an agreement to provide telemedicine services to hospitals, physician offices, skilled nursing centers, elder care facilities, and other health care facilities using Astound Technologies’ Virtual Specialist Network (VSN). Under the terms of the agreement, Astound Technologies will provide the applications to conduct live video consultations and MDEAC will provide physician services.

    The Virtual Specialist’s unique ability is to quickly connect “care points”—where the patients are—and today’s highly mobile specialists for streamlined video collaboration using PCs, Microsoft’s Lync and the Internet. With a touch or a click, a physician can digitally appear in underserved areas or wherever there is internet service, saving time, eliminating travel, lowering costs and improving care.

    “We’ve applied the principles of processing telephone calls to processing video collaboration calls with a focus on healthcare,” states Jack Gaither, Astound Technologies Founder and CEO. “We are very excited about partnering with MDEAC to offer the Virtual Specialist as a managed service to complement our enterprise version.”

    “Managing more than one video call at a time between several patients and our physicians while maintaining appropriate security for each call presented a real challenge before we discovered the Virtual Specialist,” said Steve McReynolds, MDEAC chief executive officer. “Physicians wanted a system that mimicked a real, in-person doctor’s office visit.” The Virtual Specialist, with its answer—route and queue capability—solves the problem by allowing MDEAC staff to distribute telemedicine calls to a specific doctor’s queue based on the time of the patient’s arrival or the urgency of the complaint. “The ‘Virtual Specialist’ is the only thing I’ve seen that can do that.”

    MDEAC physicians will be able to engage in a live video chat with any remote patient and the attending health care professional. In addition, they will have instant access to electronic health records, images and recordings from electronic medical instruments at the care point such as stethoscopes, otoscopes, and auxiliary cameras.

    About Metro Doctors E-Access Clinics LLC

    Metro Doctors E-Access Clinics LLC (MDEAC), based in Dallas, TX, provides patients and health care providers convenient, timely, affordable, and live visual access to board-certified physicians from a PC using the Virtual Specialist software and an internet connection. Patient care sites, staffed with a licensed healthcare professional who attends the patients and assists MDEAC physicians, include a minor urgent care clinic, a family practice clinic, and a disease management program. MDEAC physicians, over a live video chat, are able to establish a physician-patient relationship and, thus, provide the patient with an examination, a diagnosis, a plan of treatment, and a prescription order in Texas or wherever state medical licensing boards allow these same elements to be practiced during a telemedicine encounter.

    For more information visit

    About Astound Technologies, LLC

    Astound Technologies is a Microsoft Certified Partner based in Walnut Creek, CA, specializing in virtual collaboration management software and a repeat winner of the Malcolm Baldrige Award. Its flagship eHealth solution, The Virtual Specialist, incorporates an automatic video call distributor (AVCD) software switch that routes video collaboration calls between any PC device operating Windows 7 enabling caregivers and physicians to appear where they’re needed― virtually and on demand. Astound is committed to improving care and slashing costs by making visual collaboration and telemedicine commonplace from daycare to eldercare and everywhere in between. For more information visit 

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  • McConnell: Birth-control debate will continue until Obama ‘backs down’

    The battle against Obama’s revised birth-control mandate will continue until the policy is reversed, the top GOP senator warned.

  • Ryan: Obama revised birth-control rule an ‘accounting trick’

    “It’s not a compromise. The president’s doubled down,” Ryan said of the changes to a birth-control healthcare mandate.

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