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October 28, 2013

Chicago health system selects Merge for integrated suite of imaging tools

Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organisation comprised of seven member organisations, has selected Merge Healthcare to replace several end-of-life software systems as well as prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation.

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Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organisation comprised of seven member organisations, has selected Merge Healthcare to replace several end-of-life software systems as well as prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation.

The objective of the collaboration is to provide image sharing and management tools through a single platform for reduced costs, enhanced reimbursements and improved workflow for the entire health system.

Sinai Health System will implement Merge’s vendor-neutral archive (VNA), image sharing and picture archiving communication systems (PACS), as well as its cardiology information management and haemodynamics solution.

In order to create an integrated imaging environment, the hospital will implement iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform, Merge PACS, Merge Cardio, and Merge Hemo technologies.

According to Merge, the iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform enhances patient care and strengthens referral networks, and Merge Hemo automates cath lab data collection, analysis and reporting processes.

Merge PACS helps improve interactions with radiologists and referring physicians, while Merge Cardio streamlines reporting and distribution.

The hospital believes that these technologies provide more efficient workflow to radiologists, cardiologists and referring physicians.

Sinai Health System vice president and chief information officer Peter Ingram said that after the acquisition of Holy Cross Hospital, it became clear that Sinai Health needed an imaging management solution that would enable it to run on a single platform across the health system.

"We believe Sinai’s forward-thinking approach to imaging integration will be replicated by other large health systems seeking a more efficient methodology for managing traditional disparate systems."

"Combined with hospital cost pressures and our population-based delivery care model, we found Merge to not only be the most economical for us, but also a partner who could provide the radiology and cardiology imaging expertise that we needed within a VNA," Ingram added.

Sinai Health System also anticipates mobilising clinical data outside the enterprise in the near future.

Merge Healthcare CEO Justin Dearborn said the company is thrilled to partner with Sinai Health System to deliver an effective approach for achieving imaging integration across their enterprise.

"We believe Sinai’s forward-thinking approach to imaging integration will be replicated by other large health systems seeking a more efficient methodology for managing traditional disparate systems," Dearborn added.

Sinai Health System has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staff, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programmes.

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