Healthcare has extended its partnership agreement with Duncan Regional Hospital, a 145-bed, not-for-profit community hospital in Duncan, Okla.

Specifically, Merge Hemo and Merge Cardio will support Duncan Regional’s launch of a new cardiology program and cath lab with long-term scalability and better patient care.

As a rural facility in an area with traditionally high heart health issues, Duncan Regional has placed an organizational focus on solving critical population health issues to enhance care delivery. The extended agreement builds on the successful deployment of Merge’s radiology and enterprise imaging solution with Duncan, which will now have the ability to consolidate cardiology information and patient data, as well as automate cath lab processes.

“Our initial workflows were proving to be inefficient, and bringing a strong cardiology department to our community was critical,” said Roger Neal, vice president and CIO at Duncan Regional. “As the importance of population health increases, we’re pleased that we can offer more proactive care to our community. “Extending our partnership with

Merge fits well into our existing infrastructure, contributing to even more improved workflow and cost savings.”

“We’re honored to partner with Duncan Regional as they bring essential heart health support to this rural area of the country,” said Justin Dearborn, CEO at Merge Healthcare. “Cardiology is a key component to interoperability between specialties, and innovators like Duncan Regional are helping set the stage for better patient care based on value, rather than volume.”

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