Healthcare News February 24, 2013

  • Graham Hospital Selects iConnect(R) and Merge Honeycomb(TM) Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Image Interoperability and Storage

    Upgrade to Latest Version of Merge PACS(TM) Also Enhances Workflow for Community Hospital

    CHICAGO, Feb. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced that Graham Hospital has selected Merge Healthcare’s entire iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform as well as Merge Honeycomb Archive to implement an enterprise-wide imaging strategy.

    “At Graham Hospital we strive to apply forward-thinking technologies to deliver on our mission of providing compassionate, quality health services. Clearly, interoperability and cloud solutions represent the future of imaging,” explained Jim Schreiner, CIO, Graham Hospital.

    “With iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform we will be able to deliver anywhere, any time access to images as well as secure storage of images in the iConnect Enterprise Archive. We will then be utilizing Merge Honeycomb Archive for cost-effective, long-term storage of the second copy of our patient images. We believe that by taking an enterprise-wide view of imaging we will see a decrease in our total cost of ownership and reduce the drain on our internal IT resources,” Schreiner concluded.

    “As a long-time Merge PACS user, this new enterprise-wide imaging strategy builds on our partnership with Merge,” added Penny McElroy, Director of Imaging. “We knew that we wanted to upgrade to the latest version of Merge PACS and realized it was also the perfect opportunity to think longer-term while simultaneously improving our radiology workflow in the near-term.”

    “We have seen clients from large IDNs to community hospitals like Graham Hospital start to really embrace enterprise imaging strategies and look at the cloud as a viable solution to the business and operational challenges they are facing,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “Additionally, now that Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules include image-enabling the EHR as a menu set measure, Graham will be well-positioned to meet these future requirements.”

    Merge’s iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform is the industry’s only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. It includes iConnect Access*, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server, iConnect Share, a gateway for image sharing across the enterprise and iConnect Enterprise Archive, a vendor-neutral archive to create an enterprise imaging strategy. Ranked the VNA global market leader by InMedica, it works with existing applications, leveraging widely-used web and healthcare technology standards, to provide a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

    Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications are designed to help healthcare stakeholders collaborate and improve the delivery of care while reducing costs. Merge Honeycomb Archive provides a long-term storage option that houses images securely, in multiple locations, providing anywhere, any time access. It delivers comprehensive functionality in a high-availability, high-security framework that meets HIPAA and other privacy requirements.

    Merge PACS, a real-time picture archiving communication system, enhances clinical, operational and administrative functions with an approach that emphasizes workflow efficiency and customer satisfaction. Its modular design allows for easy integration with a broad range of third-party systems.

    *iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

    About Merge Healthcare

    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 health stations, 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

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  • Online Learning for Health Informatics Simplified

    CHICAGO (February 21, 2012)  – Many people prefer the option of virtual learning, especially busy healthcare professionals, interested consumers, faculty and students who want to better understand health informatics, but need a flexible and on-demand environment easily adaptable to their own schedules.

    Now, the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform – known as TIGER – introduces its Virtual Learning Environment. The TIGER Initiative Foundation’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides an interactive web-based learning opportunity with  resources and information about health IT and related topics for health professionals and consumers.

    Online learners can find out more about topics in an interactive environment with ongoing updates and resources. Topics covered include:

    • electronic health records,
    • usability,
    • clinical decision support,
    • health information exchange,
    • care coordination,
    • meaningful use,
    • standards and interoperability,
    • consumer health information,
    • mobile health,
    • privacy and security,
    • health IT and nursing practice, and
    • other related topics.

    This convenient format provides real-time accessibility to online content through a variety of formats, including webinars by industry experts, in-depth education sessions, fact sheets, white papers, and other educational materials. All materials can be accessed on the VLE site and downloaded into a virtual briefcase.

    “The TIGER Initiative Foundation brings together interested professionals to develop a shared vision, strategies and specific actions for improving nursing practice, education, and the delivery of patient care through the use of health IT.  Through a collaborative effort, this group studied both the benefits and challenges of a virtual learning environment, a process that resulted in the introduction of this new educational platform,” says Sally E Schlak, RN, MBA, Senior Director, TIGER Initiative Foundation.

    Go to to learn more and access the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment.

    About TIGER

    TIGER was formed in 2004 to bring together stakeholders to develop a shared vision, strategies and specific actions for improving nursing practice, education, and the delivery of patient care through the use of health information technology (HIT). With support from over 70 contributing organizations and a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2006, TIGER Phase II emerged with over 1,500 volunteers in many collaborative working groups.  In July 2011 the TIGER Initiative Foundation was formed as a 501(c) (3) organization operating for charitable, educational and scientific purposes.

  • Qualcomm Life Launches Two New Challenges at Mobile World Congress 2013

    — Company Also Launches Global 2net App Developer Challenge, Expanding Availability of 2net Connect APIs to European Developers —

    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., is kicking off a Wireless Walking Challenge in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) at Mobile World Congress 2013 being held at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, 2013. The company also announced it is expanding the release of the 2net™ Connect Application Interfaces (APIs) to developers in Europe and initiating its Global 2net App Developer Challenge.

    “Qualcomm Life is delighted to be working with the American Heart Association on the Wireless Walking Challenge by providing participants with a fun, engaging wireless solution to track physical activity to improve cardiovascular health,” said Rick Valencia , vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Life. “The openness of the 2net Platform allows challengers to select whichever device or app best suits them, enabling a truly personalized health experience where data is automatically collected and seamlessly aggregated across a variety of sensors, wireless technologies and applications.”

    Qualcomm Life and the American Heart Association are working together to launch the Wireless Walking Challenge to encourage people to increase their physical activity in order to ultimately improve their heart health, and attendees of Mobile World Congress have the first opportunity to compete in this global challenge. To participate, attendees can download their choice of a mHealth app, including MapMyFitness, Noom or RunKeeper, or leverage a pre-owned activity monitoring device, including BodyMedia or Fitbit, to track their steps throughout the conference. The mHealth apps and devices are connected to the Wireless Walking Challenge app via the 2net Connect APIs, so participants’ steps are automatically updated and reflected in the app leaderboard. The Challenge app will be a central hub for participants to track their steps and earn prizes based on their total steps taken in relation to other participants enrolled in the challenge. The steps will be tracked via the web-based leaderboard and those with the three highest totals of steps at the end of each day will be awarded $200, $100 and $50 respectively. The grand prize, awarded to the participant with the most cumulative steps at the conference close, is a Dell XPS tablet. Participants and conference attendees are also encouraged to follow the challenge conversations on Twitter by following @QualcommLife and via the #WalkStar hashtag.

    Expanded Availability of 2net Connect APIs

    The Global 2net App Developer Challenge kicks-off today and runs through August 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place entries and will be in the amounts of €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000 respectively. The competition results will be announced at the Uplinq Conference held in San Diego in September 3-5, 2013.

    Qualcomm Life’s 2net Connect APIs, previously only available in the United States, create a consolidated stream of biometric data that can be leveraged across multiple data-enabled platforms, including Andriod, iOS, Microsoft and BlackBerry. The value of this consolidated data stream is compounded by the fact that the 2net Ecosystem has grown to be one of the most comprehensive and open wireless ecosystems in the world, with over 220 customers and technology enablers.

    Qualcomm Life at MWC

    Qualcomm Life will be showcasing the 2net Platform and Hub as well as the latest news and winners of the Wireless Walking Challenge at the Qualcomm Life booth at Mobile World Congress (Hall 3, Stand 3B64).

    Qualcomm Life is also participating in the following demonstrations, panels and keynotes:

    • Health: Innovating for Global Health – Rick Valencia , VP & GM, Qualcomm Life (Wednesday, February 27, 4:00 –5:00 p.m.)

    About Qualcomm Incorporated

    Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

    Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. 2net and Qualcomm Life are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All Qualcomm Incorporated trademarks are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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