Allscripts chooses Merge's Cedara web software

Merge Healthcare (Milwaukee) said that Allscripts (Chicago) has selected its Cedara WebAccess 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, CEO 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."

Cedara WebAccess provides integration without the duplication of data or the need for 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.