Merge Healthcare, a major company providing healthcare IT solutions, today announced that Radiology Associates of Sacramento (RAS), the largest private radiology practice in Northern California, has expanded their Merge solution suite to include Merge iConnect™.
Craig Roy, Chief Information Officer of RAS, explained the need for iConnect: “In today’s healthcare enterprise, broad interoperability is a requirement. Radiology has been digital forever, but many practices were built as silos of information. We see real value in the Merge iConnect strategy of providing a complete solution for bringing our diagnostic content into any healthcare record. We started with the Merge PACS solution for digital imaging within radiology, and added their vendor neutral archive (VNA) to help with image management across the enterprise. However, RAS was using a different vendor for our image distribution. The result was that we had to use a separate cache of images. We just moved to iConnect Access, and so far we are very pleased with the results.”
Merge iConnect is an interoperability suite that enables physicians to view the current images and to retrieve historical ones, regardless of the multiple applications in which the images are stored. Access to diagnostic information at the point of care is important for detecting and monitoring the progression of disease to provide faster treatment and reduce duplicate exams.
iConnect Access is a critical component, providing a zero-footprint, zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer that enables diagnostic quality image review for referring physicians. Diagnostic imaging is considered as one of the most important advances in medicine, yet the images are often not available on demand at the point of care. “Merge saw a real need in the market to provide end-to-end imaging interoperability for forward-thinking providers such as RAS,” said CEO Jeff Surges. “While there are a number of niche players in the market, no one else has the experience, expertise and client footprint to deliver a complete solution that meets all requirements of image exchange and management.”