News | March 06, 2014

Blanchard Valley Health System Expands Merge Partnership

Merge Blanchard Valley Health Cardiac PACS

March 6, 2014 — Blanchard Valley Health System is a non-profit, integrated health system with more than 2,000 associates serving eight counties in Ohio. It selected Merge Healthcare Inc. for its enterprise-wide vendor-neutral archive (VNA), interoperability and cardiology solutions to meet Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements for the exchange of images. Blanchard Valley will collaborate with Merge to break down departmental silos through real-time clinical data exchange within its community to enable streamlined workflow across the care continuum, as well as develop a strong disaster recovery program.

Blanchard Valley initially upgraded its cardiology and hemodynamics systems. It realized it needed to invest in other solutions and incorporate a broader IT investment for a comprehensive, enterprise-wide imaging strategy. Blanchard Valley ultimately chose Merge to support their goals and will implement the following interoperability solutions for enterprise imaging:

  • iConnect Enterprise Archive, Merge's VNA, will enable providers to access current and historical critical patient information for enhanced patient care.
  • iConnect Access, a platform that combines universal viewing and image sharing into a single enterprise solution, will transport and view critical patient data from any browser-based device.


As a first step, Blanchard Valley will upgrade its existing Merge PACS and will also implement Merge Cardio and Merge Hemo. Combined with iConnect Enterprise Archive and iConnect Access, these technologies will provide a platform that will allow Blanchard Valley to eliminate departmental silos and leverage intelligent rules to manage data and reduce the cost of storage.

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