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Clinical data exchange system for Ohio healthcare provider

Merge Healthcare : 12 February, 2014  (Application Story)
Blanchard Valley in Ohio will improve overall workflow of providing care through the use of vendor-neutral archiving and interoperability software from Merge
Clinical data exchange system for Ohio healthcare provider


Blanchard Valley Health System, a non-profit, integrated health system with more than 2,000 associates serving eight counties in Ohio, has selected Merge Healthcare for its enterprise-wide vendor-neutral archive (VNA), interoperability and cardiology solutions to enable a seamless flow of information and meet Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements for the exchange of images. Blanchard Valley will collaborate with Merge to break down departmental silos through real-time clinical data exchange within its community to enable streamlined workflow across the care continuum, as well as develop a strong disaster recovery program.



"When it came to images, both our IT and storage processes were operating under disparate systems throughout our health system departments," said Jamie Sorg, Director of Information Services and Information Security Officer at Blanchard Valley. "By making use of Merge solutions, we'll not only be able to update some of our initial imaging solutions across the organization, but also prepare a long-term strategy with the ability to formulate a disaster recovery program. The ability to seamlessly share images, access data under a VNA and have a plan for our archived information was key to our partnership."



While initially looking to upgrade its cardiology and hemodynamics systems, Blanchard Valley realized they needed to invest in other solutions and incorporate a broader IT investment for a comprehensive, enterprise-wide imaging strategy. Blanchard Valley ultimately chose Merge to support their goals and will implement the following interoperability solutions for enterprise imaging, including:



* iConnect Enterprise Archive, Merge's VNA, will enable providers to access current and historical critical patient information for enhanced patient care.

* iConnect Access, a platform that combines universal viewing and image sharing into a single enterprise solution, will transport and view critical patient data from any browser-based device.



"We value the way that Merge serves as a true partner, always collaborating with our team to uncover new ways to help our organization succeed – from both a technology and clinical perspective. In this constantly changing healthcare environment, it's important that we become an advocate for our community," said Jill Jaynes, Director of Imaging Services, Cath and Vascular Lab at Blanchard Valley. "They support our goals to upgrade our foundational systems to the latest technologies, so we can continue to position ourselves for the future and stay on top of regulations such as MU2 with image access and data exchange as well as the new Joint Commission standards. With Merge, we can better align with patient expectations and provide more comprehensive care to improve the patient experience and outcomes."



As a first step, Blanchard Valley will upgrade its existing Merge PACS and will also implement Merge Cardio, which recently received Best in KLAS honours in the "2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services" report, and Merge Hemo, which was named Category Leader of cardiology hemodynamics for the third consecutive year. Combined with iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Access, these technologies will provide a platform that will allow Blanchard Valley to eliminate departmental silos and leverage intelligent rules to manage data and reduce the cost of storage.



"Merge is thrilled to provide Blanchard Valley with the solutions they need to create a sound imaging strategy across their enterprise," said Justin Dearborn, CEO at Merge Healthcare. "This partnership is a model of how a health system can make use of interoperability solutions to create an optimal imaging workflow as well as meet regulatory goals, such as MU2. By combining the right mix of technologies, a seamless flow of information will become real for providers enterprise wide. We're honored Blanchard Valley chose Merge as their imaging solution partner to turn this vision into a reality."


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