Modern Healthcare - - HEALTHCARE’S HOTTEST -

WHAT IT DOES: Pro­vides med­i­cal imag­ing, in­clud­ing cloud-based so­lu­tions for im­age-in­ten­sive spe­cial­ties, as well as health sta­tions, clin­i­cal tri­als soft­ware and data and an­a­lyt­ics so­lu­tions. HOW IT GREW:

“More health sys­tems and hos­pi­tals are re­al­iz­ing the need for an en­ter­pris­ing imag­ing strat­egy. We be­lieve that this trend, com­bined with the fact that the pro­posed Stage 2 re­quire­ments fo­cus heav­ily on the view­ing of di­ag­nos­tic im­ages, will continue to drive our growth,” CEO Jeff Surges ex­plained in a news re­lease an­nounc­ing Merge Health­care’s place among Health­care’s Hottest.

Surges was re­fer­ring to the Stage 2 mean­ing­ful-use rules for the elec­tronic health-record in­cen­tive pro­gram that were pro­posed by the CMS this year; one of the Stage 2 ob­jec­tives is that by 2014, “more than 40% of imag­ing re­sults are ac­ces­si­ble through cer­ti­fied EHR tech­nol­ogy.” Ear­lier this month, Merge said it hired an in­vest­ment bank­ing firm to eval­u­ate “a broad range of strate­gic al­ter­na­tives,” in­clud­ing a pos­si­ble sale of the com­pany.

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