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Resurgens Orthopaedics Selects Merge Honeycomb(TM) for Image Archiving

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CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq: MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced Resurgens Orthopaedics has selected Merge HoneycombTM Archive to cost-effectively archive patient images and provide a long-term disaster recovery solution.

"We're the largest orthopaedic practice in Georgia with more than 20 offices in and around metro Atlanta and like many practices we're seeing more patients each year which means our image storage needs are continually growing," explained Bradley Dick, CIO, Resurgens Orthopaedics. "Leveraging Merge Honeycomb Archive instead of adding more onsite storage made perfect sense as it complements our Merge OrthoPACS solution, we can increase capacity when we need, and we can access and share our images in the Merge Honeycomb cloud which eliminates any risk of downtime."

"We have seen tremendous adoption of Merge Honeycomb Archive. Since our launch of this offering we have added 3.3 million studies under contract to our cloud-based archive," said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "We expect that demand to continue since imaging accounts for up to 90% of all data stored in electronic health records. Add in privacy rules that require storage of electronic health data, including digital images, and you see how the need to securely store and share medical images has grown – specifically in the cloud."

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 Honeycomb Archive provides the attractive feature of simple scalability.  As an organization's storage needs increase, they can simply add capacity in Merge Honeycomb Archive. Another benefit of Merge Honeycomb Archive is its ability to eliminate the management and maintenance of onsite hardware, and the challenges associated with power, cooling and bandwidth. And because it is sold via a subscription based model, it removes the financial burden of making large, upfront capital expenditures traditionally related to hardware and software purchases.



About Merge

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 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com.

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