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WebReach, Inc. Releases Mirth 1.7.1 - The 'Linux of Healthcare' Now Supports Digital Imaging in Medicine (DiCOM) Standard
Date:4/25/2008

Open Source Mirth simplifies Radiology Information System (RIS), Hospital Information System (HIS), and Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) integration; Performance enhancements and full-spectrum messaging features ready Mirth for major Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and Large

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IRVINE, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- WebReach, Inc., a leading healthcare IT consultancy and creator of open source Health IT solutions, today announced the open source release of Mirth 1.7.1 includes support for the Digital Imaging in Medicine (DiCOM) standard. DiCOM extends the growing range of Mirth's supported standards, which already include HL7 v2 & v3, X12, EDI, XML, and NCPDP. Mirth is gaining traction as the "Linux of Healthcare" because of its standards-based healthcare messaging capabilities and modular open source code base.

Mirth is designed to dramatically reduce the time and cost required to achieve health information system interoperability and data exchange, and to speed secure information sharing across communities of healthcare professionals. Mirth's DiCOM support was the result of collaboration with the dcm4che (http://www.dcm4che.org) open source community, which focuses on clinical image and object management applications and utilities. Mirth 1.7.1 also includes bug fixes, improved enterprise features such as support for high-volume transaction processing, an improved installer, and a plug-in architecture to simplify the inclusion and distribution of Mirth extensions.

"The goal of the Mirth Project is to provide Health IT (HIT) infrastructure tools to support the smooth and secure flow of public open standards-based clinical and administrative information," said Jon Teichrow, President of WebReach, Inc., Mirth's main corporate sponsor. "The Mirth Project resonates with Health Information Exchanges (HIE), EHR and PHR vendors, laboratories, hospitals, and HIT system integrators. DiCOM support is a natural extension for Mirth to provide system integrators and RIS and PACS vendors with a low-cost interoperability solution."

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WebReach, Inc. provides a full range of professional support, consulting, and integration engineering services for Mirth, delivered by the experts that created Mirth. Visit http://webreachinc.com or email mirth@webreachinc.com for more information.

About Mirth

Mirth is rapidly becoming the interface engine of choice for health information system data exchange. Mirth delivers robust HL7, XML, X12, NCPDP, DiCOM interface capabilities in an open source package, providing an alternative to costly proprietary and in-house systems. Mirth is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPL 1.1) and is free to download and use for development and production deployments. The license also allows companies to embed and distribute Mirth free of charge. Mirth's zero-cost license ensures cost-effective deployment across as many systems and CPUs as business needs require, with no hidden costs. For more information about Mirth, please visit http://webreachinc.com and http://www.mirthproject.org.

About WebReach, Inc.

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Irvine, CA, WebReach serves some of the nation's largest and most respected healthcare organizations. WebReach delivers information technology consulting, hosts high availability secure applications, and designs user-driven health information solutions. WebReach software is used daily by thousands of health professionals across the U.S. to streamline care management processes, and to securely exchange health information. The Mirth Project is the first in a series of WebReach initiatives aimed at transforming health information technology by making high-value information technology utilities available to the healthcare community on an open source basis. For more information visit http://webreachinc.com.

Mirth and WebReach are trademarks of WebReach, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other company or product names are for information purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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