Merge Healthcare Announces New Partnership With HBO Middle East

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Merge Healthcare (Nasdaq: MRGE; TSX: MRG), a leading medical imaging software and services company, today announced a new partnership with HBO Middle East (ME) to deliver radiology solutions throughout the Middle East. As part of the agreement, HBO ME will distribute Merge Healthcare’s PACS, clinical applications, connectivity products and other solutions throughout the region. The two companies will work together to service end user healthcare needs. Merge Healthcare and HBO ME will work jointly towards offering customers in the GCC region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar) and Yemen a set of unique solutions for radiology needs and beyond.

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During the recent Arab Health Conference held in Dubai, HBO ME showcased Merge Healthcare’s new suite of medical imaging solutions named FUSION GL(TM), as well as a selection of clinical applications for orthopaedic planning, breast imaging, PET/CT analysis, obstetrics, virtual colonoscopy and other specialties.

FUSION GL provides a variety of advanced imaging technologies to streamline radiology workflow. Included in the offering is a web enabled Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) used to acquire digital medical images from radiology equipment, visualize the images for diagnostic purposes, and store them for future reference.

“The strength of Merge’s offerings lies in their ability to provide customers with truly unique solutions that are clinically advanced and tailored to meet their needs and environment,” said Eli Chedid, President of HBO ME. “Using these applications, physicians can perform imaging procedures such as orthopaedic planning for a hip replacement surgery over the internet, from any location. With a wide range of dedicated applications for different specialists, their solutions clearly enhance both clinical productivity and capability.”

“We are very pleased to be working with HBO ME in the Middle East,” said Jacques Cornet, President of Merge Healthcare EMEA. “Merge Healthcare is firmly committed to improving patient care through the development and delivery of healthcare IT solutions that directly address the different needs of each healthcare practitioner. In the Gulf Countries, HBO’s experience and knowledge of regional needs provide an important foundation to accomplish this goal.”

Following the announcement of this partnership, HBO ME commenced plans to implement an initial PACS installation at a private hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Merge Healthcare is a market leader in the development and delivery of medical imaging and information management software and services. Merge Healthcare has over 20 years of leadership in the medical imaging and healthcare information technology market. For OEM customers, Merge Healthcare custom engineers clinical and imaging applications and development tools that are on the forefront of medicine and its use of medical imaging. For end-user customers, we develop innovative medical imaging software solutions that support end-to-end business and clinical workflow for radiology department and specialty practices, imaging centers and hospitals. 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. For additional information, visit our website at .

HBO ME was established in 1992 to serve customers in the Middle East. HBO Middle East is the leading provider of world-class healthcare information solutions and consulting services to hospitals and healthcare organizations in the Region. With over 45 professional staff on the ground in the GCC region to serve its customers, HBO Middle East is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that are cost effective and improve the outcomes of their customers on time and on budget. For additional information, visit .

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