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Merge Healthcare (MRGE - Analyst Report) declared that UC San Diego Health System (UCSDHS) has selected Merge's iConnect Access to image-enable their EPIC EHR. iConnect Access, a zero-download DICOM image and XDS server, is a part of Merge's iConnect Enterprise Clinical Platform.

Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovative tools intended to bring radical change in the field of healthcare. The cloud-based solutions from the company facilitate image-intensive specialties so that any image can be viewed at any time and anywhere.

iConnect Access system is the industry’s sole solution for collecting, collating, viewing, sharing, and exchanging clinical data, across time and space barriers. The platform also comprises iConnect Share, a medium enabling image sharing across the enterprise, and  iConnect Enterprise Archive, a vendor-neutral archive that helps to create an enterprise imaging strategy. The latter is designed to work with existing applications and utilizes healthcare technology standards to render a vendor neutral interoperable environment.

UCSDHS had prior plans to introduce a project that would enable simple image viewing across the entire enterprise. The need to provide in-house physicians access to images from the company’s EPIC EMR system on any other device was one of their primary concerns.

An additional provision of enabling access of the same images and reports to referring physicians was also on the cards. The idea was to cater to the Meaningful Use Stage Two requirements for image sharing. Merge's iConnect Access ensures that all these requirements of UCSDHS are duly taken care of.

Merge’s new comprehensive IT solution promises to make image viewing easy for better and accurate treatment purposes. The application of such an integrated system across any healthcare enterprise can optimize business operations for the latter through significant reduction of costs and improved productivity.

MRGE currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Other stocks in the medical information systems that are worth a look include Medidata Solutions, Inc. (MDSO - Snapshot Report) and Streamline Health Solutions Inc (STRM - Snapshot Report), each of which carries a  Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and Alere Inc (ALR - Snapshot Report) in the medical products industry, carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

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