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Merge Healthcare, Inc. (MRGE) Releases Merge Honeycomb Archive, Providing Image Archiving In The Cloud Via Merge Honeycomb™

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Merge Healthcare, a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, announced the release of Merge Honeycomb Archive, an innovative archiving application available within its cloud-based platform, Merge Honeycomb™.

"With imaging accounting for up to 90% of all data stored in electronic health records, it is clear that image availability and exchange is critical to delivering quality patient care," said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "Add in privacy rules that require storage of electronic health data, including digital images, and you see how the need to securely and cost-effectively store and share medical images has grown - specifically in the cloud."

Merge Honeycomb cloud-based applications will develop collaboration between healthcare stakeholders and improve delivery of care, all while decreasing costs for healthcare providers. Merge Honeycomb Archive, the newest cloud based option in Merge's suite of applications, delivers a long-term storage option for securely housing images in multiple locations, providing access anywhere, at any time. It delivers complete functionality in a high-availability, high-security framework, while meeting all privacy requirements, including HIPPA and HITECH.

An appealing feature of Merge Honeycomb Archive is the ease of scalability. If an organization needs to increase their maximum storage, it is as simple as adding capacity in Merge Honeycomb Archive. Using the cloud-based Merge Honeycomb Archive also completely eliminates the management and maintenance of onsite hardware, and all of the related costs related with power, cooling, and bandwidth. Additionally, because it is sold via a SaaS-based payment model, it removes the burden of having to make massive payments upfront to secure the hardware and software typically included in an on-site storage system, and meets the increasing demand for a 'per click, per study' model.

Image archiving is actually the second application available with Merge Honeycomb, the first being Merge Honeycomb Image Sharing, which allowed users to upload, download, view, and share medical images. Merge Honeycomb Image Sharing provides users with the ability to learn the history of a recent imaging event or review prior studies by simply connecting to the Image Sharing network and reviewing or sharing images with other providers or even with patients.

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