Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel & HHS’ Todd Park Headline Health Information Technology Conference

Industry experts to provide solutions to critical HIT challenges at Merge Live

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced its final agenda for its Merge Live 2011 Client Conference including presentations from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Chief Technology Officer of HHS, Todd Park; Meaningful Use expert, Dr. Keith Dreyer; and e-Patient movement spokesperson, Dave deBronkart.

Merge Live will bring together more than 300 healthcare providers. Thought leaders will share their expertise on how to create a better electronic healthcare experience for both providers and patients.

Presenters will discuss emerging trends and issues such as Meaningful Use, image interoperability and cutting-edge innovations in healthcare. More importantly, Merge Live will start a dialogue about the impact these issues will have on healthcare providers, patients, and the industry as a whole.

What:       Merge Live 2011 Client Conference
When: October 4 - 7
Where: Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers

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More than 40 educational sessions will be offered, including:

IT as a Patient Engagement Strategy
George Fiffick, Vice President, Solutions Management, Merge Healthcare

Image Sharing – Patient Care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Meaningful Use
Paul Merrild, Sr. Vice President, Solutions Management, Merge Healthcare

Leverage Your Imaging Infrastructure Across Departments and Vendors
Presented by: Schad Lappe, LTA Administrator and PACS Liaison, Catholic Healthcare West

Focus Your Data – Weaving Together the Right Solutions for Compliance, Reimbursement and Customer Satisfaction
Dr. Randy Hicks, CEO, Regional Medical Imaging (RMI)

Image Enabling Your EMR
Dennis Roscoe, Director, Solutions Management, Merge Healthcare

Meaningful Use in Radiology
Carrie Berlin, CIO, Regional Medical Imaging (RMI)
Kim Tiegland, Ops Support Business Analyst, Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)
Alicia Vasquez, Administrator, Arcadia Radiology Medical Group

Leveraging Your PACS Private Cloud
Jeff Bell, Chief Operating Officer, Sisters of Mercy Health System
Dennis Shelley, Director, Enterprise Imaging, Sisters of Mercy Health System

“Never Go Down” Imaging Infrastructure
Scott Childers, Imaging Informatics Team Lead, Ascension Health Information Systems

Click here to learn more about the conference, including the full line up of speakers, educational sessions, times and more.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at


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