Merge eMed releases Fusion RIS Version 3.1 of business and clinical work flow solution

Milwaukee 26 September 2006Merge eMed, a Merge health care company and a medical imaging software and services company, has released Fusion RIS Version 3.1. This version improves upon the strong foundation of Fusion RIS, now used as an integrated business and clinical work flow solution in more than 150 hospital-based and freestanding radiology imaging facilities.

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Fusion RIS is a comprehensive, easy-to-use HIPAA-supportive Radiology Information System (RIS) designed with significant input from Merge eMed clients to replicate radiology work flow best practices. Version 3.1 further accelerates the solution's productivity capabilities, with a deepened feature set that is closely aligned with real-world needs of today's radiology practices.

New in this version are:

  • a new Call Center Scheduler module, which features a high-performing, keyboard-driven scheduling process with flexible block scheduling capabilities. Schedulers can create and save more appointments in less time, and offer more appointment options when setting up exams, thus improving both patient and referring physician satisfaction. The Call Center Scheduler was designed closely with strategic customers to provide the means of scheduling a patient appointment in 90 seconds or less.
  • an updated Fusion Delivery Service, which speeds processing and improves consistency for printing and faxing of patient reports. This upgraded capability reduces the burden on administrative support staff members, including IT, and improves customer service for referring practices. The Fusion Delivery Service was designed to deliver more than 6000 fax and/or print jobs per day. Coupled with the Fusion Referring Practice Portal, this feature allows referring physicians to access patient reports within minutes.
  • mammography updates for compliance with the newest American College of Radiology CR BI-RADS standards, providing greater refinement of diagnosis and improved communications with patients and physicians.
  • new Powerful RIS/PACS Configuration for accommodating film in a PACS environment, and providing greater flexibility for the radiologists' reading process by offering both "preferred" local study reading with the available access to Image Channel streaming.

Ongoing customer feedback helped drive these enhancements and others, including newly expanded pre-certification work flow functionality to ensure consistent and accurate payments for performed procedures.

"The Fusion RIS solution has proven its effectiveness in helping organisations achieve profitable business growth", stated Robert J. White, Merge eMed president. "We maintain our commitment to using tangible feedback from customers, to ensure that our development efforts remain focused on issues that are relevant to organisations both large and small. As we bring together functionality that optimizes efficiency in business and clinical work flow, we will continue leveraging new technologies, while also embracing and driving industry standards."

Fusion RIS allows radiology practices to realize substantial improvements in productivity by seamlessly integrating information and automating traditional manual or paper-based methods related to scheduling, patient registration and tracking, document management, dictation, report turnaround, billing, claims processing, and other mission-critical operational functions. This automation reduces administrative workload, while increasing patient, referring physician and employee satisfaction.

The solution includes optional modules for call centre scheduling, practice analytics, and Web-based delivery of images and reports via Merge eMed's Referring Practice Portal. The cost-effective, standards-based, scaleable solution is used successfully by practices with small volume as well as some of the largest imaging center chains in the United States, often in conjunction with Merge eMed's Fusion PACS, the company's widely used eFilm Workstation, and a complete range of clinical application technologies from Merge eMed.

Merge eMed, a Merge Healthcare company, is focused on accelerating productivity for radiology departments and speciality practices, imaging centres and hospitals. By combining sophisticated RIS, PACS, advanced visualization and clinical imaging applications, Merge eMed delivers integrated end-to-end software solutions and professional services that are transforming the way customers interact with referring physicians, manage their work flow, position their businesses in their markets and deliver imaging and information services to their customers.

Merge Healthcare is specialized in the development and delivery of medical imaging and information management software and services. Our innovative software solutions use leading-edge imaging software technologies that accelerate market delivery for our OEM customers, while our end-user solutions improve our customers' productivity and enhance the quality of patient care they provide.


Leslie Versweyveld

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