CHICAGO, Aug. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Merge Healthcare Incorporated (Nasdaq:MRGE), a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare, today announced Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in Oakland, CA has selected Merge Healthcare's iConnect® Access and iConnect®Share solutions to provide real-time access to images and information among its network of providers and referring physicians. "Cutting edge technology like the iConnect Access system helps Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland continue our 100-year-old mission of caring for all children," said James Hanson, MD, Children's Vice President of Medical Affairs. "The new system allows Children's Oakland's medical expertise to be available to help hospitals throughout California and even has the potential to improve patient care by allowing Children's to get a surgical team and operating room prepared for an incoming patient." As we work closely with other major care providers in the Oakland area, we need to get data to others quickly and easily. Because iConnect Access is a zero-footprint, web-based viewer, referring physicians can view images anywhere, including on mobile devices. All of this makes it easier for referring, ED, OR or remote physicians to get immediate access to reports for consultative and patient care purposes without downloading of software or a VPN connection to our network." "Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland has taken the first critical step in developing a comprehensive enterprise-wide image strategy," said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "We believe that once providers see the value of anywhere, any time access to images, they will want to extend their ability to share and archive these images as they continue to care for children throughout the region and beyond." iConnect Access provides a true "zero-footprint" image viewing capability and can be embedded into many third party products. iConnect Share is an internet-based gateway for image sharing between enterprises. Both solutions are part of the iConnect suite, which is the industry's only comprehensive solution for collecting, archiving, viewing, sharing and exchanging any type of image, anywhere, any time. *iConnect Access is not FDA-cleared for diagnostic use on mobile devices. About Merge Healthcare Merge is a leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to transform healthcare. Merge's enterprise and cloud-based solutions for image intensive specialties provide access to any image, anywhere, any time. Merge also provides health stations, clinical trials software and other health data and analytics solutions that engage consumers in their personal health. With solutions that are used by providers and consumers and include more than 20 years of innovation, Merge is helping to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare worldwide. For more information, visit merge.com. The Merge Healthcare logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=10757 About Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland is Northern California's only independent not-for-profit regional medical center for children. Children's Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties and sub-specialties including hematology/oncology, neonatology, cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and neurosurgery. The hospital is one of only two solely designated California Level 1 pediatric trauma centers with the largest pediatric inpatient critical care unit in the region. Children's Hospital has 190 licensed beds, 201 hospital-based physicians in 30 specialties, more than 2,700 employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $350 million. Children's is also a premier teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs.