Merge Healthcare partners with AG Mednet on imaging trials

March 20, 2012 in Medical Technology

CHICAGO – Leaders of Merge Healthcare have announced a partnership with AG Mednet to provide life sciences companies with a full suite of tools to manage imaging clinical trials worldwide.

The solution integrates AG Mednet’s image collection platform with Merge Healthcare’s Clinical Imaging Management System (Merge CIMS) to enable higher quality images and data flow directly into Merge’s CIMS and electronic data capture (EDC) solutions, they wrote in a Tuesday press release. 

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According to Merge Healthcare, this integration marks the first time a turn-key solution for imaging core labs and sponsors provides an end-to-end solution to assemble, de-identify and deliver complete submissions to trial repositories, resulting in significant query reductions and increased submission quality.

“This alliance creates the first complete infrastructure and feature set required by both commercial and academic core labs to carry out all the necessary logistics in support of clinical trials,” said Jeffrey Popma,MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of the angiographic core laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

“The market has been asking for a best-in-class, flexible platform that provides collection, delivery and trial management functions,” said Jeff Surges, CEO, Merge Healthcare. “We’re excited to offer this solution to the market, and to already have five studies under way with large pharma companies utilizing the combined Merge/AG Mednet platform.”

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“Merge’s extensive experience with PACS, specialized viewers and EDC systems is the perfect platform to receive high-quality images and transmittal form data from sites connected to AG Mednet’s network,” said Abraham Gutman, president and CEO of AG Mednet.

According to Merge Health officials, Merge CIMS is the first automated data and imaging workflow solution that enables radiology experts, sponsors and CROs to more efficiently execute the imaging portion of a clinical trial. 

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