August 11, 2008

Saint Francis Health Signs Contract With Merge to Upgrade PACS

Merge Healthcare, a provider of medical imaging software, has announced that Saint Francis Health System, a multi-specialty hospital operating throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma, has signed a contract to upgrade its existing PACS to the Merge Fusion PACS MX 3.0.

According to Merge Healthcare, Fusion PACS MX provides a workflow for imaging organizations, allowing studies to be assigned to radiologists regardless of geographic location and obviating the need for paper records. Merge Mammo is a multi-modality, vendor neutral digital mammography workstation that displays and reads images from different acquisition devices, including digital mammography, ultrasound, MR and CT. Workflow will streamline by bundling both radiology and mammography onto the same computer, including tracking, reporting, electronic document management, and speech recognition software.

Nancy Koenig, president of Merge Healthcare, said: "In nearly all organizations today, radiologists are required to read from separate picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and mammography workstations, sometimes using multiple mammo workstations depending upon the vendor's acquisition device. By integrating PACS and mammography capabilities, Merge brings a new option to imaging facilities to improve clinical quality and operational efficiency. Radiologists no longer spend time toggling between, searching through, and comparing images across different software solutions on different computer screens."