Under the agreement, Southern Illinois will implement the full portfolio of Merge cardiology solutions including Merge Cardio, an enterprise-level image and information system that manages digital images and clinical tools such as web-based physician reporting.

Southern Illinois will also implement, Merge Hemo, a catheterization laboratory knowledge tool that integrates complete functionality for data collection, analysis and reporting and Merge iConnect VNA, a vendor-neutral archive that consolidates images from disparate PACS, specialties and sites for a consolidated patient view that allows physicians to access current and historical images at the point of care.

Merge Healthcare CEO Jeff Surges said Southern Illinois turned to them because they were the only partner who can deliver a complete, patient-centric electronic health record (EHR) which provides any where, any time access to images.

Southern Illinois Healthcare vice president and CIO Dave Holland said now, with the integrated Merge Cardio solution all of the information their physicians need about a patient is right at their fingertips.

"It’s this type of healthcare technology automation that is driving efficiency into our processes and helping us provide better care," Holland said.