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TMCNet:  M*Modal and Merge Healthcare Bring Speech Understanding to Imaging Solutions for Improved Workflow and Reporting

[February 27, 2013]

M*Modal and Merge Healthcare Bring Speech Understanding to Imaging Solutions for Improved Workflow and Reporting

(Marketwire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) FRANKLIN, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/27/13 -- M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation services and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced it has expanded its strategic relationship with imaging leader Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE) to an extensive reseller partnership. This brings a unique combination of the M*Modal Fluency™ and M*Modal Catalyst™ technology platforms to Merge's imaging customers, delivering cloud-based speech recognition, real-time business intelligence, structured multimedia reporting and workflow management for fast and accurate diagnostic interpretations.

As part of this reseller agreement, Merge will bundle M*Modal Fluency for Imaging and M*Modal Catalyst for Radiology with its Merge PACS portfolio of imaging and radiology products to give clients greater flexibility and simplicity in deploying picture archiving and communication systems (PACS). Merge and M*Modal currently deliver these integrated solutions to a number of imaging customers.

"We are expanding our partnership with M*Modal to deliver a full-service package to our customers," said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "We've had tremendous success in validating M*Modal's technology on our platforms, and customers have seen improvements in quality, productivity and efficiency. This agreement will help get our clients up and running even faster, and move the right data to the right place in their clinical documentation process." M*Modal's Fluency for Imaging combines Speech Understanding technology with real-time prompts, unified worklists and departmental business analytics. Catalyst for Quality leverages M*Modal's Natural Language Understanding™ which unlocks and applies valuable insights buried in narrative reports that are not apparent when analyzing only structured data. M*Modal's software offers greater accuracy, flexibility and simplicity to image reporting, so that radiologists can make more efficient and informed interpretations.

"Our collaboration with Merge really speaks to the demand in healthcare for speech-enhanced products as well as technologies that enable efficient diagnoses," said Vern Davenport, CEO of M*Modal. "Merge and M*Modal both focus on delivering cloud-based intelligence and giving clients access to images and documentation anywhere, anytime." M*Modal's clinical documentation solutions provide the tools to better orchestrate radiology workflows, pull critical patient information from historical reports, and capture and share spoken assessments with referring doctors. With these platforms, radiologists can create complete, compliant and encoded documentation while also identify, address and prevent documentation deficiencies at the point of care.

For more information on M*Modal please visit or follow on Twitter @MModal.

About M*ModalM*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. M*Modal has been recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, placing in the top third of Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 for 2012. For more information, please visit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Merge HealthcareMerge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge's enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit

Media Contacts: Glen Haley M*Modal Email Contact (919) 867-3511 Victoria Khamsombath SHIFT Communications Email Contact (617) 779-1859 Corporate Headquarters 5000 Meridian Blvd., Suite 200 Franklin, Tennessee 37067 Source: M*Modal

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