Event

2024 Merge User Meeting

Connect with industry leaders, partners, and peers at our annual get-together.

Hartland, WI

September 15-17

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Join us for a homecoming at our new headquarters

We're delighted to invite you to our Merge User Meeting, set to take place at our newly renovated headquarters in Hartland, WI. This event offers a unique, more intimate experience, allowing for deeper connections and interactions. Register below to join us.

Schedule**

Day 1 – Sunday, September 15

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT – Event Check-In
7:00 p.m. ET - 9:00 p.m. CT – Welcome Event
Join us for refreshments and peer networking to kick off the 2024 Merge User Meeting.

Day 2 – Monday, September 16

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. CT – Networking Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. CT – Opening Welcome – Ashish Sant
8:10 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. CT – General Session – Guest Speaker TBA
8:35 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. CT – Networking Break
8:50 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. CT – General Session – Guest Speaker TBA
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CT – Industry Perspective – Dr. Raj Chopra
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. CT – Networking Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CT - Breakouts

Cardiology

UHS Early Adoption Review

Roza Dinishenskaya, Product Manager, Merge Cardio & Deanna LeCrone, UHS St. Mary's Manager, Clinical Technology

In this session, we will discuss how important feedback (from Sponsored users, Early Evaluators, and Early Adopters) was for the Merge Cardio 12.4 release.

Radiology

Current State of Unity and Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Journey to Imaging Suite

Jeff Hanson, Product Manager, Merge Unity & Patricia Rutkiewicz, Manager of Imaging Informatics at Edward-Elmhurst Health

In this session you will learn the current state of Merge Unity and Patty from Edward-Elmhurst Health will guide us through her journey from Merge Unity to Imaging Suite.

Enterprise Imaging

Cloudy with a chance of your last migration*

John Hally, Principle Product Manager, Merge VNA

In this presentation we’ll dive into medical Imaging and Cloud, how it can help accelerate adoption of innovation as well as protect against downtimes. We will share Merge’s Cloud vision, strategy and latest innovations from migrations to Kubernetes and everything in between. We will discuss how, regardless where your institution is at in their cloud journey, Merge can meet you where you are and find a path to your future cloud strategy in a step wise approach.

11:00 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. CT – Transition Break
11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. CT – Breakouts

Cardiology

Merge Cardio and Merge Hemo Roadmap*

Roza Dinishenskaya, Product Manager, Merge Cardio & Greg Monroe, Product Manager, Merge Hemo

Join us on our journey of exploring the future of Merge Cardio and Merge Hemo.

Radiology

Merge PACS 9.x Review and Customer Experience

Kepha Lee, Product Manager, Merge PAC & Customer speaker TBA

Learn how the latest features in Merge PACS have impacted customers using the latest version of the product

Enterprise Imaging

Enterprise Imaging (EI)*

Thomas Doherty, Principle Product Manager, Merge Universal View

In this presentation, we'll delve into Enterprise Imaging, exploring how it streamlines workflows and optimizes clinical imaging across your healthcare organization. We'll discuss the benefits of a centralized archive for all medical images, along with improved access and collaboration for your care teams. By leveraging insights from industry experts, we'll explore how Enterprise Imaging can enhance patient care and operational efficiency.

12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. CT - Networking Lunch
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. CT – Breakouts

Cardiology

Hemo 11.0*

Greg Monroe, Product Manager, Merge Hemo

Join us for a deep dive into the exciting next generation Merge Hemo.

Radiology

Merge PACS Roadmap*

Kepha Lee, Product Manager, Merge PACS

Review of product Roadmap with customer interaction during the session

Enterprise Imaging

Orchestrating work to flow*

Linda Bagley, Principle Product Manager, Merge Workflow Orchestrator

In this presentation, we're diving into some exciting advancements that are set to transform how we operate daily. By integrating AI and automation into our workflow, we’re not just keeping pace with technology—we're harnessing it to significantly improve patient care and clinical workflows. It's all about making our processes more efficient and intuitive to achieve synchronization in our work environment.

2:05 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. CT – Networking Break
2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. CT - Breakouts

Cardiology

Partner session

Partners speaker TBA

Hear from our valued partners in cardiology as they share their insights and welcome your feedback on their offerings.

Radiology

Mammography Solutions

Customer Radiologist & Partner Speaker TBA

Learn how Merge PACS and our Vendor Partner combined solutions can improve your mammography experience

Enterprise Imaging

Developing a Flight Plan for Your Imaging Journey to the Cloud

Client Panel Discussion TBA

The panel will share their cloud journey blueprint with the attendees. This digital transformation discussion will detail why the panelists elected to move to the cloud now, how they designed their deployment model and how they govern the transformation. Throughout the session the panelists will be sharing their thoughts on the requirements to gain successful adoption for your journey to the cloud.

3:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT – Transportation to Hotel
Transportation provided from office to hotels. Use this time to get ready for the baseball game.
5:30 p.m. CT – Transportation to game
Catch bus to the game from your hotel at 5:30pm.
6:40 p.m. CT - Customer Appreciation Event: MLB Game at American Family Field

Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers: Game start 6:40pm

Bus pick up attendees at the end of the game.

Day 3 – Tuesday, September 17

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. CT – Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. CT – General Session – Imaging Suite – Bill Kazee
8:55 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. CT – General Session – Cybersecurity – John Hally
9:15 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. CT – Transition Break
9:20 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. CT - Breakouts

Cardiology

Cardiologist Merge Partnership

Dr. Sujith Kalathiveetil, Director of Advanced Imaging, Section of Cardiology, Duly Health and Care

Hear from our cardiologist consultant, Dr. Kalathiveetil, and his experience helping to shape product roadmaps and development for cardiology.

Radiology

Best Practice Workflows

Customer Speaker TBA

Hear from a Merge Customer on how they have utilized Merge PACS to optimize their imaging workflows

Enterprise Imaging

Artificial Intelligence (AI)*

Linda Bagley, Principle Product Manager, Merge Workflow Orchestrator

In this presentation, we will delve into AI trends shaping the imaging market that are set to transform how we operate daily. Our discussion will also cover the importance of orchestration in managing workflows and how AI strategies can be implemented effectively in our field.

10:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. CT – Networking Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. CT – Breakouts

Cardiology

What's Next for Cardiology

All users in attendance , Moderated by Product Management for Merge Cardiology

This is your opportunity to shape the future for Merge Cardiology via the Merge Cardio and Merge Hemo roadmap.

Radiology

PACS Admin Panel discussion

Customer Speakers TBA

In a moderated discussion, leaders from two imaging organizations will share their challenges and achievements in managing their imaging departments

Enterprise Imaging

Product Roadmaps*

Bill Kazee, John Hally, Product Management for Merge Enterprise Imaging and Cloud, Thomas Doherty, Product Management for Merge VNA, Merge Universal Viewer, and Linda Bagley, Product Management for Merge Workflow Orchestrator

Come and join us as we share our blueprints as to our plans for Merge's Imaging Suite. The discussion will include a comprehensive review of the Imaging Suite roadmap, as well as an open discussion to capture your feedback as we embark on our journey into the future.

11:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. CT - Networking Break
11:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. CT – Breakouts

Cardiology

Optimize Your Training Experience: Presented by a Solution Consultant*

Jolynn Neitzel, Solution Consultant - Cardiology

Learn how you can leverage training best practices to enhance your go live experience.

Radiology

What's Next for Merge PACS*

Kepha Lee, Product Manager, Merge PACS

Participate in open discussion about future functionality and take the opportunity to help the Merge team prioritize the roadmap

Enterprise Imaging

Pathology

IndicaLabs

12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT – Networking Lunch
Grab-and-Go Lunch will be available.
End of Event
Merge will provide one bus run to the MKE airport. Exact time is TBA.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT - Optional Product Trainings

Cardiology

Optional Product Training*
Merge Speaker TBA

Radiology

Optional Product Training*
Merge Speaker TBA

Enterprise Imaging

Optional Product Training*
Merge Speaker TBA

*This session or presentation offers ARRT Category A CE credit pending approval by the AHRA/ASRT.

**Subject to change

Traveling to Hartland

The nearest airport to Hartland is Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE). It is recommended that you use Uber or Taxi from the airport to your hotel. Both hotels are about 40 minutes from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. Shuttles will be available throughout the remainder of the event and to transport attendees from the office to the Milwaukee Airport at the conclusion of the event.

Accommodations

We have secured special rates at the hotels listed below for Meeting attendees. Attendees who are booked in the Merge User Meeting room block will have access to shuttles to and from the Hartland office. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you will be responsible for arranging transportation to and from the office and any other activities.

Secure your hotel reservation as early as possible as availability is limited. The last date to book your hotel reservation is August 25, but rooms can sell out prior to that date. After this date, reservations can be accepted based upon availability and at the hotel's current rate.

Hotel Options

Choose from one of the options below:

Hilton Garden Inn Oconomowoc
Address:
1443 Pabst Farms Circle, Oconomowoc, WI, 53066
Room rate:
  • $119/night King Bed (up to two people)
  • $109/night Two Queen Beds (up to four people)
  • Additional people $10 per person, per night
Booking:

Online Reservations

  • Select check in and check out dates
  • Under “special rates” enter group Code: MRG
  • Choose Room
  • Type by selecting "Book This Room" and you will be taken to the next window to provide guest information and enter credit card for guarantee.

Phone Reservations: 262-200-2222 Group code: MRG

One night's deposit including tax OR credit card guarantee must accompany each reservation.

Cancellation Policy for Hilton Garden Inn:

Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to arrival date. If received after this date, a cancellation fee of one (1) night's room and tax, per room, will be charged to the individual.

Staybridge Suites – Milwaukee West Oconomowoc
Address:

141 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc WI 53066

Room rate:
  • $119/night Queen Bed & Full Sleeper Sofa (up to 2 guests)
  • $139.night 2 Double Beds & Full Sleeper Sofa (up to 4 guests)
  • Additional Guest is $15 per person, per night
Booking:

Online Reservations

  • Enter Arrival Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
  • Enter Departure Date (MM/DD/YYYY
  • Select "Check Availability”
  • Choose Room
  • Type by selecting "Book This Room" and you will be taken to the next window to provide guest information and enter credit card for guarantee.

Phone Reservations: Direct with hotel: 262.200.2900

Central Reservations: 800.225.1237
Group Code: MRG

Cancellation Policy for Staybridge Suites:

Cancellation of reservation is required more than 3 Days in advance. Should a reservation be cancelled less than 3 days before your arrival date, a charge of the total stay plus tax will be applied to the Credit Card on file. No Shows will be charged for the full stay.

Taxes are not included in above room rates.

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Since this is a homecoming, if you would like to submit any pictures working with the Merge team over the years, please email directly to marketinginfo@merative.com.