iConnect Access gives physicians the ability to view medical images directly from their electronic health record, Merge Healthcare said.

Merge’s iConnect Access is a zero-footprint, zero-download DICOM and XDS viewer that enables diagnostic quality image review for referring physicians.

The viewer is part of the broader Merge iConnect solution, an interoperability suite that allows providers to view existing images and content, regardless of the multiple applications in which the images are stored.

Integrating iConnect into broader HIT systems, such as EHRs, enables physicians to have a complete view of the patient, including images, results, demographics and more.

Merge Healthcare CEO Jeff Surges said their partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care is exciting as it demonstrates the power the images play in truly delivering a connected community.

"Meaningful Use requirements will increasingly include distribution of diagnostic testing results. Medical images are tough to manage, and Merge has this figured out. As this successful deployment at UMass Memorial Health Care demonstrates, we can now help providers better meet Meaningful Use and deliver more timely patient care," Surges said.