Emageon to provide intelligent visual medical system for Meriter Hospital

Birmingham 02 December 2003Emageon, a provider of intelligent visual medical systems, has signed an agreement with Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, to manage medical image visualization and work flow integration throughout its health care facilities. The new system supports medical image sources from across the enterprise and will integrate with Meriter's existing storage area network, billing systems, scheduling, ordering, specialized clinical applications and their recently implemented electronic medical record.

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This evolution of systems and integration creates an Intelligent Visual Medical Record (IVMR) for all physicians and medical professionals. The IVMR provides multi-speciality images, related information and advanced visualization toolsets, which dynamically adjust to the user through a single visual interface.

"Meriter was looking for a complete and total solution whose integration would allow us to leverage our existing information systems and medical technologies and prevent costly hardware upgrades. After a thorough review of the marketplace, we are confident that we made the right choice in selecting Emageon", stated Peter Strombom, Vice President, Information Systems. "The implementation of Emageon's proven, cost-effective solution will allow us to continue our drive toward procuring standards-based technology solutions to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and services to our physicians. We're excited to be able to extend Emageon's advanced visualization tools to all physicians in our enterprise, whenever and wherever they need it."

"We are very pleased to have been selected by Meriter Hospital for the deployment of our new Intelligent Visual Medical System, a suite of visualization, content management and work flow integration tools", stated Milton Silva-Craig, Emageon's Chief Operating Officer. "Meriter has a long and distinguished leadership record in both the clinical and medical informatics marketplace. Located next to our visualization development group in Madison, Wisconsin, Meriter will be a wonderful partner in providing critical guidance to Emageon as we continue to expand our intellectual property and establish new leadership benchmarks in this rapidly changing marketplace."

Meriter Hospital is a not-for-profit, 448-bed community hospital in Madison, Wisconsin and provides care in all major medical specialities to numerous southern Wisconsin communities. Starting in 1898, a group of individuals dedicated to the idea of a true community hospital formed Madison General Hospital. In 1919, Methodist Hospital joined its ranks. These two hospitals grew simultaneously in the decades that followed, ultimately merging in 1987 to form Meriter. With more than 430 active and associate physicians in over 30 medical specialities, Meriter Hospital now has comprehensive emergency, heart, cancer, women's services and birthing centres, as well as numerous programmes including community health education, home health, retirement communities and the Meriter charitable foundation.

Infrastructure expert Emageon and visualization technology provider UltraVisual Medical Systems recently merged, leading to the creation of the Intelligent Visual Medical System, which provides enterprise access to visual medical content using advanced visualization tools and specialized work flow through a dynamic user interface.

Delivered through Emageon's Intelligent Enterprise Platform, integrated delivery networks, hospitals and imaging facilities are able to deploy a functionally rich, standards-based technology, which can manage multi-speciality content across the enterprise while lowering total cost of ownership. In addition, Emageon's customer success management services ensure rapid implementation and enterprise adoption. This combination of software and services speeds treatment, enhances patient care, improves productivity and reduces costs.


Leslie Versweyveld

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