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Merge Healthcare's RIS/PACS speech recognition solution supports multiple languages for Belgian application

Merge Healthcare : 17 May, 2007  (New Product)
The Algemeen Ziekenhuis Heilige Familie in Rumst, Belgium has ordered a RIS/PACS solution with speech recognition from Merge Healthcare.
Fusion RIS/PACS integrates Merge Healthcare's comprehensive Fusion RIS GL Radiology information system (RIS) with the image visualisation, distribution and storage technologies of the company's Fusion Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) to create a unified, intelligent, distributed business and clinical workflow solution.

Merge Healthcare's Fusion RIS/PACS solution helps customers increase productivity while also providing a higher level of value and convenience.

The AZHF order represents Merge Healthcare EMEA's first comprehensive RIS/PACS/speech recognition agreement in the Belgium market and was coordinated by its Nuenen (Netherlands) office.

Implementation is scheduled to be completed by October 2007.

The 207 bed medical centre, with over 450 personnel and including 60 medical specialists, began its evaluation of integrated RIS/PACS solutions in 2006, and assessed the solutions of different vendors via a thorough RFI/RFP-process.

'Our information philosophy emphasises maximum data availability among all clinical and business stakeholders', says Dr Storms, radiologist at AZHF.

'Ultimately, we chose Merge Healthcare's RIS/PACS solution for several reasons: user-friendliness, high uptime and data access, the number and clinical usefulness of features, support for standards and IHE profiles, price and scalability'.

'First, we are very honoured that the AZHF has selected Merge Healthcare for such a strategic project', says Jacques Cornet, president Merge Healthcare EMEA.
'It demonstrates the value of our solution and is another important milestone for our company success in the European market'.

'In 2006, we added RIS to our portfolio for the EMEA market, to extend Merge's capabilities in the end-user market, and to allow us to provide a more comprehensive product offering to our growing PACS customer base'.

'The RIS was specifically designed to address the divergent needs of the international marketplace: supporting multiple languages [including Flemish], local billing rules, and providing flexible workflow for healthcare professionals of different nationalities'.

'We are very pleased to be working with the AZHF as the first Belgium end-user of our RIS'.

'Our comprehensive RIS/PACS/Speech solution will help AZHF streamline their clinical workflow and enhance communications with referring physicians by providing relevant information instantaneously'.
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