Merge Healthcare has announced the release of electronic referrals and online order management for its iConnect network. The tools integrate with electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchanges (HIE) to help organizations streamline workflow and increase referrals while meeting meaningful use (MU) requirements.

Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center (SWDIC) in Texas has been using the iConnect Network since early 2014. “As one of the largest freestanding imaging centers in North Texas, we were looking for a solution that would provide us with mobility and instant access,” said Philip Collins, SWDIC’s director of business services. “The new features for electronic patient referrals and online ordering that we’re currently testing for implementation will really push our practice to the next level. Removing the manual process for physician requests with input directly into the radiology information system is key for us to cost effectively streamline workflow and improve patient care.”

With MU requirements and interoperability an increasing point of focus, the iConnect network is designed to integrate electronic order processing and patient referrals into the existing data exchange network by delivering orders directly into imaging center sites and automatically pushing results back into the physician’s EHR.

“We’re excited to introduce the newest version of iConnect network to our customers,” said Justin Dearborn, CEO at Merge. “With the trends of value-based purchasing and narrow networks on the rise as a result of accountable care, it is more important than ever for healthcare providers to be able to deliver more collaborative care. These advancements to iConnect network enable our customers to prepare for these fundamental changes that will inevitably impact their business, further allowing them to optimize their referral networks and maximize their reimbursements.”

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