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Merge PACS is a fine product and is very user friendly. It is very configurable for end users'...

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There is always room for innovation with artificial intelligence. AI changes on a daily basis. IBM...

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We have an excellent working relationship with IBM Watson Health. We have a long-standing...

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Merge PACS' ability to be configured is good. We have one vendor with many products that all work...

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After the acquisition, the vendor lost some talent, and things got quite bumpy, but Merge PACS has...

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Both our radiologists and orthopedists are happy with Merge PACS. The vendor's support has...

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IBM Watson Health is very open to working with us and provides us with some great deals. We have a...

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We always had a really strong relationship with Merge, and when IBM Watson Health took over, there...

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The support has been quicker, and the newer team members seem to be getting up to speed. We have a...

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Merge PACS seems to be more stabilized, so we hope to see IBM Watson Health focus on more of the new...

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I am still not sure what IBM Watson Health is doing with AI. They have a team that seems to be...

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We had struggles with Merge, but we could always get answers and work through things. We haven't...

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During the COVID-19 crisis, things have been business as usual with the product. The support for...

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Since IBM took over Merge, dealing with the company is like dealing with the government. The process...

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Getting people in place who actually know what they are talking about takes a couple of years. But...

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Merge listens to what we have to say, but then they come up with new releases that no radiologist in...

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I know a lot of the executives at Merge. I usually never have to escalate that far unless there is a...

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Merge is constantly racking up the charges because, unfortunately, that is their business model.

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Switching PACS vendors is an arduous process that we don't take lightly. There are times when we...

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We are in the process of doing an upgrade. There is significant capital associated with that, but...

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The system is part of our long-term plans, but plans can change very quickly. As long as our...

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I really feel like Merge could revamp the system. Other products on the market are more updated and...

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Merge PACS works really well. The whole picture works for me. IBM Watson Health's service is very...

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I would probably say the vendor keeps 85% of their promises. The world is a gray place in terms of...

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The real issue is that the vendor needs to fully integrate the system with their worklist product...

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The vendor's support teams know what we are talking about when we call. With some vendors, we reach...

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IBM Watson Health doesn’t avoid charging for every little thing. It is just the add-ons that we ask...

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IBM Watson Health does a good job with their service contract. If we have a service contract, all of...

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I like that everything is under one roof with Merge PACS, including voice recognition and reporting....

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If something is rejected, I can find out why. The PACS is my second favorite solution. Overall, the...

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We have gotten to a point where Merge PACS is pretty reliable. The quality of the support has...

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On the technology side, I would like to see IBM use more modern and mobile platforms in order to...

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Merge PACS is solid, and we don't see the issues and bugs we used to see. We feel like IBM Watson...

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The cost of getting upgrades for Merge PACS is ridiculous. There is always some charge, but that...

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The reliability of Merge PACS is a huge plus for us. The system has amazing uptime. It is also easy...

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The radiologists seem to like Merge PACS. It is geared for them. They are the ones looking at it day...

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I really like that Merge PACS is very customizable. It is very easy to use once it is set up, and...

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Our most recent upgrade from IBM Watson Health has dragged out. This is probably partially our fault...

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The ease of use for the staff has always been a high point for us, and the system’s integration with...

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The system is older and server based. I am unsure whether it is part of our long-term plans because...

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IBM does keep their promises. They do what they say they are going to do, and they don’t...

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The initial training we received from the vendor was good, but the ongoing training is not good. The...

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The system’s integration is pretty good, but IBM used to be faster. Their ongoing support is pretty...

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I spend more time in escalation calls for Merge PACS than I would like. I have a whole bunch of...

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I like the way Merge PACS is so flexible working with other systems. We have the whole suite, and...

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I like that I have one support line to call and that I speak to the same people who know me and the...

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Merge PACS can inherently display digital breast tomosynthesis images. Once a certain piece is set...

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Nothing about Merge PACS is intuitive. The hanging protocols are not intuitive, and even the layout...

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Merge PACS has been difficult. There have been several upgrades for the server and the software over...

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The PACS is okay. Our younger residents feel that the tool is pretty easy to use. Providers who have...

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IBM Watson Health's support team doesn't seem to have the necessary knowledge. The vendor had one...

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When we purchased the product, we purchased it for the AI technology that IBM Watson Health said was...

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When we were in the implementation phase, we were having all kinds of trouble with our modalities...

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Merge PACS is one of the stronger applications on the market. The support is very good. We have a...

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The vendor's support through the COVID-19 crisis has been fine. I don't know whether there were any...

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IBM Watson Health doesn't avoid nickel-and-diming by any means. Since being acquired by the vendor,...

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The quality of support has gone down with the vendor's support. There has been a big delay in...

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The radiologists love using Merge PACS. It is very easy to use, and the worklist for radiologists is...

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If we were to roll back the clock, I would make the same decision and purchase Merge PACS again. The...

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The ease of use of the system depends on the age of the user. Some doctors find it harder than...

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We are working on a project to move everything to Merge PACS within a year. We plan to use a...

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If IBM Watson Health does well installing the cloud, they will be an industry leader. I have high...

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Merge PACS is likely to be replaced. The solution is not going to get much positive feedback from us....

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We continue to have to buy new hardware hours before expecting to go live with an upgrade, even...

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VP/Other Executive

Merge PACS performs well from the radiologists’ standpoint. They have a positive view of it. Once we...

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VP/Other Executive

It is hard to get ahold of anyone that is knowledgeable. The people often don’t know what it takes...

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VP/Other Executive

We don’t even know who the executives are. We have not heard from IBM during the pandemic.

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VP/Other Executive

The biggest area of improvement for the IBM executives to know about is the upgrade paths. I really...

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CEO/President

Whether I would recommend the product depends on what the potential client needs it for. The system...

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CEO/President

I haven’t seen any integration issues with Merge Healthcare. Whatever we need to integrate with, the...

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CEO/President

The real functionality problem we have is with the RIS. The PACS is not lacking anything in terms of...

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CEO/President

Every time I go to the vendor, they are very responsive. They always try to help. I think some of...

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CEO/President

My experience with the vendor's support has been negative. We have Merge Monitoring, but in multiple...

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CEO/President

We have had calls with the vendor’s product management and executive folks. We tried to get...

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CEO/President

We asked about Merge Healthcare's road map, and we had a very good showing of the executives coming...

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CEO/President

The product has helped us take on large clients. We took on a very large imaging chain that far...

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CEO/President

We had a very collegial relationship with the executives at Merge Healthcare. I had their ear, and...

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CEO/President

The last upgrade was bad. There was also a database upgrade that was missed. There were multiple...

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CEO/President

We had initial training, but we do not have ongoing training. There is additional training if we pay...

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CEO/President

Our radiologists like the product and would rate it highly. We are fine with it now that all the...

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Physician

IBM’s support is very robust. I have a very strong understanding of the Merge product and how to...

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Physician

As we have sized up, there have been some issues with the workflow. So far, the workflow has been...

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Director

We recently went through training for an upcoming upgrade, and it was really good. We had already...

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Director

We have had some hits and some misses when it came to upgrades with the Merge and iConnect...

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Director

IBM is trying to move Merge PACS in a good direction, but they are behind on development. They have...

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Director

We have had nonstop communication with IBM during COVID-19, which has not stopped our upgrade...

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Director

I would not say that Merge PACS is difficult to use, but it is also not as easy as it could be. One...

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Director

The support has actually improved, and we have seen some good changes. IBM has a good team right now...

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Manager

I haven’t had any issues with the vendor, and the support has been great. The vendor usually has a...

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Manager

The ease of use depends on how the product is implemented. The product has the tools to make it...

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Manager

We have started reading mammograms from Merge PACS now. There are other products that are better at...

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Manager

The executives are involved with many decisions, and they sit at the table with us a lot of times....

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Manager

We have been really satisfied with the product. We have seen a good ROI over the past few years.

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Manager

I have been dealing with Merge PACS for a long time, so there is a lot that I know that I don’t have...

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Manager

Our radiologists read off of a different PACS that is very complicated and very hard to manage. They...

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VP/Other Executive

Merge PACS seems to be pretty stagnant, and we have seen very little development. We rarely get any...

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VP/Other Executive

We are large enterprise customers for a lot of the IBM Watson Health imaging solutions. One thing I...

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VP/Other Executive

The actual support team is good, but it feels like it is harder to get to a resource. IBM Watson...

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Manager

It has been a bit difficult to navigate the support because IBM has different people managing the...

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Manager

I don’t know a lot about other products or other options, so I would purchase the system again. But...

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Manager

The PACS side is pretty solid and stable. Usually, when we do have an issue, even if it occurs in...

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Director

Merge PACS is highly customizable; that is good and bad. The system’s default iteration is pretty...

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Director

The system is fast and relatively easy to use. The tools seem good or at least adequate. There is...

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Director

We would like to see protocols that are easier to configure. And we would like access to all the...

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Director

With the most recent versions of emergent PACS solutions, the product has become much easier to...

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Director

Like everybody else’s issues, our issues tend to be related to resources. IBM’s resources are...

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Director

Nighttime support could be a lot better. It is overseas support, so it is rare to get somebody that...

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CTO

The solution to our problem a while ago was to do a software upgrade, and we were down for days....

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We are working to completely rebuild our system and build it from the ground up the way it should...

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I feel pretty strongly that the vendor is not going to be part of our long-term plans. I would not...

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In general, we feel like we are being nickel-and-dimed. If we need to clean things up, we are often...

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CTO

Our experience with IBM Watson Health has been pretty poor overall. We have had a long-standing set...

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Manager

The system does have some nice features. I do like the basic way the worklist works and the way we...

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The vendor executive involvement is low. We have to have somebody who is high up here call someone...

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Manager

The quality and effectiveness of recent upgrades from the vendor have been degrading. I give the...

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Manager

We never have never gotten out of the system what we had expected to. The system does technically...

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Manager

The vendor provides training, but it isn’t that great. I went through a lot of training with the...

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I don’t really anticipate our satisfaction with the system getting better. The vendor is muscling in...

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Manager

We have a lot of the vendor’s products all together, and when things don't work quite right, the...

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Manager

We chose to go with the system because it was cheaper than the competitor's system and the one we...

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Manager

The ongoing phone and web support we get from the vendor are not good. The support people don't do...

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Manager

Our first bunch of issues with Merge was related to salespeople. We were misled in many ways in...

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Manager

Every vendor says the problems are fixed in the next release, and we have found that information to...

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Manager

We haven’t had an upgrade for Merge PACS in quite a while. It was fine the last time we upgraded it....

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Manager

The support for Merge PACS is pretty quick.

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Manager

There were a few things that relate to nickel-and-diming under IBM. In the beginning, they told us...

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