Tucson-based Radiology has chosen Merge Healthcare's end-to-end suite of radiology solutions to implement at its nine imaging centers across southern Arizona.

Under the agreement, Radiology will implement Merge’s radiology information system (RIS) which is web-based and streamlines workflow, picture archiving communication system (PACS) which provides storage and access to images from any enterprise web-based location.

Radiology will also implement Merge Financials, a web-based billing system that improves revenue cycle management; Merge Documents, a paperless office solution to store and manage documents electronically and Merge CADstream, a MRI-CAD for breast, liver and prostate analysis and reporting.

As part of the radiology solutions, Radiology will also utilize Merge’s zero-download DICOM image and XDS viewer that provides image review for referring physicians from any browser-based device, iConnect Access, which is not yet cleared by for diagnostic use on mobile devices.

Radiology CEO Dan Stricof said because all of Merge’s products are integrated, they will have a single, seamless solution that will enable them to deliver higher quality, cost-effective medical imaging.

"Plus, it will assist them in meeting Meaningful Use, which for their practice alone represents a potential incentive opportunity of almost $2m," Stricof said.