MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the medical imaging workflow solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Merge Healthcare with the 2010 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Healthcare Innovation of the Year for the Clinical Imaging Management System (CIMS™) for use in clinical trials and medical research.
While medical imaging can be a powerful and highly effective tool in evaluating the efficacy of different treatments, it has never been fully utilized in clinical trials mainly due to intrinsic challenges. These challenges include transporting vast amounts of imaging data between the numerous facilities involved in a trial, and managing a complex workflow involving multiple readers and various stakeholders. However, Merge Healthcare is one of the few imaging informatics vendors in the healthcare industry that has been able to successfully exploit the growing niche market for medical imaging clinical trials.
Merge Healthcare leveraged the decades of industry expertise it developed with image and information management, as well as the image transmission and submission expertise acquired from providing teleradiology solutions, to reach a position where the mid-2009 acquisition of etrials Worldwide, Inc. enabled the company to develop the industry's first truly integrated end-to-end solution for imaging trial management with its CIMS™ platform.
"The stakeholders for clinical trials are often as scattered as they are diverse, and technology and workflow solutions are just one piece of this complex scheme, but it appears to be the key to making the imaging trials more efficient, faster and less expen