Allscripts Selects Merge Healthcare to "Image-Enhance" Its Electronic Health Record Solutions

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ:MRGE) today announced that Allscripts (NASDAQ:MDRX), the leader in software, services, information, and connectivity solutions for physicians, has selected its Cedara WebAccessTM software application to "image enhance" Allscripts Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions. The Cedara WebAccess portal will provide a zero-footprint method of distributing medical images and reports to clinicians using Allscripts EHR solutions.

"Providing physicians with real-time, electronic access to medical images and associated information helps them to deliver safer, higher quality patient care," said Glen Tullman, Chief Executive Officer of Allscripts. "Merge has decades of expertise in building imaging and connectivity software solutions, and our clients have been asking for just the kind of functionality this new relationship provides."

"The Internet has fundamentally changed the way information is distributed throughout a healthcare enterprise, and Allscripts has truly been visionary in leveraging this technology," states Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge Healthcare. "Our solution solves the unique challenges posed by imaging, such as file size and special standards like DICOM. We are thrilled to be able to work with the EHR leader to bring this capability to the thousands of physicians currently using Allscripts industry leading solutions. Together, we can now offer a truly image-enhanced electronic record to health systems across the country."

Designed for better interoperability across today's healthcare enterprise, Cedara WebAccess provides integration without the duplication of data or the need for proprietary integrations with individual IT systems. It uses a zero-footprint deployment approach, which minimizes IT maintenance and hardware needs, "unclogs" busy data networks by sending much smaller files and helps with privacy regulations by ensuring that patient data is never stored on user machines. This standards-based viewer makes diagnostic quality images like X-rays, MRIs and CT scans available through any Web browser, which gives healthcare professionals ready access to medical images and reports anywhere, anytime.

"I'm looking forward to getting Cedara WebAccess in front of more of our early adopter customers," states Jeff Surges, President of Sales of Allscripts. "It is the solution we have been looking for to make medical imaging information flow faster and more cost-effectively. At the end of the day, it will help our clients deliver and document more efficient patient care, which benefits all constituents." As a part of the new agreement, Merge recently demonstrated the solution for the 2700 attendees at the Allscripts Client Experience national user conference held in Orlando from July 30th to August 1, 2009.

Merge Healthcare develops solutions that automate healthcare data and diagnostic workflow to enable a better electronic record of the patient experience, and to enhance product development for health IT, device and pharmaceutical companies. Merge products, ranging from standards-based development toolkits to sophisticated clinical applications, have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide for over 20 years. Additional information can be found at

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