[optimal] Re: OIS is now Merge Healthcare- Vendor Posting

  • From: "Peterson John C" <JPeterson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 11:19:24 -0500

If you have $100K for a Tesla, what's another $20K for a windmill?

John C. Peterson, BS, CRA
Director of Ophthalmic Photography Services
UW Health Eye Clinic
2880 University Ave., Rm. 246
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 263-7163

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."



From: optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Eric Kegley
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2012 9:56 AM
To: optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [optimal] Re: OIS is now Merge Healthcare- Vendor Posting

I swear I'm not trying to be a jerk or a smart aleck but I couldn't help
but laugh when I read about the Tesla not using any fossil fuels. Unless
you guys plug it into a freestanding solar or wind farm that is
completely off the electricity grid,  you all are using fossil fuels to
charge the battery, :-).

 Eric Kegley, CRA, COA

Director of Ophthalmic Imaging

Retina Consultants of Houston

6560 Fannin St., Suite 750

Houston, TX 77030


Main 713 524-3434

Fax   713 524-3220



        From: optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:optimal-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Brad Yates
        Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 10:48 PM
        To: optimal@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [optimal] OIS is now Merge Healthcare- Vendor Posting

        Hi Optimal Folks, 


        As a vendor, we appreciate being allowed to observe and we are
careful to post infrequently and only when it seems warranted.  We think
posting at this time seems appropriate- to update the community in the
exciting changes taking place at OIS.


        In August of 2011, Merge Healthcare (MRGE) fully acquired OIS,
along with the OIS subsidiaries Abraxas Medical, OIS Global (Israel) and
OIS Europe (Belgium).  


        Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and
interoperability solutions.  Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of
images to improve the electronic healthcare experience.  Merge provides
solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics, eye care, clinical
trials, financial and pre-surgical management; electronic health record
and practice management solutions; applications that fuel the largest
modality vendors in the world, and a network of patient-centric,
wellness stations.

        Some of the vendors in the ophthalmic space use DICOM
development toolkits provided by Merge.  


        While there have been many changes, like all the orange, many
things have stayed the same. The majority of eye care solutions team,
including sales, product, support, field service, (yes Mick Clark and
Andy May and the rest of the team) and project management became
employees of Merge Healthcare.  Together, we continue to work hard in
the delivery of the service and products we have been known for over the
28 years that OIS has been in this industry. While we have decided to
discontinue the handheld Eye Scan unit, our WinStation image capture
product, now known by the name Merge Eye Station continues, and we have
launched a new model at this past AAO.    Our Symphony Web product is
now called Merge Eye Care PACS Viewer.  The branding transition will
continue to other areas of the product as we have normal scheduled
software releases; and new features are on the horizon for all the
product lines that are quite exciting.  


        We look forward to continuing to serve this community, wearing
orange ties, displaying an orange Tesla in our booth at AAO, and most
especially  with an invigorated innovative approach that challenges
competitors, and serves the Eye Care Community.  Why the Tesla by the
way? Good question-  At Merge, we believe there is no problem the
Healthcare community faces, that cannot be solved when the right minds,
converge, with innovation, and a drive to make it happen.  The Tesla
represents that spirit, accelerating from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, with
a top speed of over 100mph, while not using any fossil fuels. 


        If you arrive at AAO early enough, you might catch us driving it
through the exhibit hall before all the freight arrives.  (Ok, not


        Finally, I want to answer the question that prompted the note-
We do offer the FAF solution, in its second generation, as we did


        Thanks for the forum and opportunity to update you all.



        Warm Regards,


        Bradley Yates

        Director Solutions Management- Eye Care Imaging

        Merge Healthcare

        200 E. Randolph Street

        Chicago, IL  60601


        P: 817.312.7245

        E: brad.yates@xxxxxxxxx


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