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									Merge Healthcare to Unveil New IT Portfolio at American
Society of Anesthesiologists 2009 Annual Meeting
Monday October 19, 2009 - 07:30 AM EDT

Source: Business Wire News Releases
Author: Merge Healthcare


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As increased regulatory compliance and pay-for-performance models are leading to higher requirements for
electronic data collection and professional fee billing of surgery-related procedures, Merge Healthcare,
(NASDAQ:MRGE), has responded with new anesthesia information management solutions (AIMS), which
will be on display at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 2009 Annual Meeting. This portfolio
from Merge uses forms-based electronic templates, flexible software and user-friendly tools that reduce
documentation time, improve data accuracy and charge capture, and allow for hospitals to make a rapid
transition from paper-based systems to electronic systems that can seamlessly integrate with a patient's
electronic health record (EHR).

Merge Healthcare will exhibit three new solutions at the ASA:

Frontiersâ ¢ 4.3*
This AIMS/PCIMS (anesthesia information management solution/perioperative care information management
solution) builds on Frontiers' renowned forms-based interface to add a new Multi-Location Pre-Op Module.
This module provides Pre-Op nurses the ability to switch between cases in a matter of seconds, helping
improve patient care and throughput. The latest version also monitors and automatically records the perfusion
record, and offers new roaming station capabilities that give clinicians the ability to complete an entire record
from any location within the hospital network without need of additional IT configuration.

Frontiers Sidecar*
The Frontiers Sidecar is a unique, small-footprint appliance used to document procedures within the electronic
Frontiers chart. Its uniquely ergonomic navigation dial and procedure-specific buttons allow clinicians who
are involved in a patient procedure to effortlessly chart procedures using just one hand, without having to take
their focus off the patient.

Frontiers Patient Portal*
The Frontiers Patient Portal simplifies the pre-surgical testing process, while helping minimize the number of
surgery cancellations due to inconvenient and sometimes awkward face-to-face testing processes. Logging
onto the secure portal from their computer or mobile device, patients can privately complete a health survey
designed to elicit the utmost in accuracy and thoroughness of a patient's health, and provide pre-surgical
clinicians important information for determining the risk level of each surgery candidate. Additionally, the
portal can be used as an intermediary to provide the patient with pre-surgery instructions, directions and other
pertinent information, further minimizing efforts for both patient and provider.

The ASA is a professional association of more than 43,000 anesthesiologists and specialists, and will host its
annual meeting and event in New Orleans from October 17 â 21st. For information about the ASA 2009
Annual Meeting please visit: www.asahq.org. Merge Healthcare will exhibit at booth #2543. For more
information about Frontiers solutions, visit: www.merge.com/frontiers.

Merge Healthcare develops software solutions that automate healthcare data and diagnostic workflow to
create a more comprehensive electronic record of the patient experience. Merge products, ranging from


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standards-based development toolkits to fully integrated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare
providers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

*These products are represented as works-in-progress. Merge Healthcare is not legally obligated to develop or
continue to develop such works-in-progress that may include the features and functionality described herein.

The matters discussed in this news release may include forward-looking statements, which could involve a
number of risks and uncertainties. When used in this press release, the words "will", "believes", "intends",
"anticipates", "expects" and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual
results could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements.
Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update
such factors or to publicly announce the results of any of the forward-looking statements.

Contacts:

Merge Healthcare
Julie Pekarek, 414-977-4254
Chief Marketing Officer
jpekarek@merge.com

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