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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Cedara Software Announces Distribution Agreement With medavis GmbH to Provide RIS Software to Selected European Markets

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TORONTO , May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cedara Software, a Merge Healthcare company (Nasdaq: MRGE; TSX: MRG) and a leading independent developer of medical software technologies for the global healthcare market,today announced an agreement with medavis GmbH to distribute their Radiology Information System in conjunction with Cedara's FUSION PACS offering to selected European markets. To date, the medavis RIS has been implemented at avariety of institutions around the world including large and small hospitalsin Germany , Austria , Switzerland and China . As a proven, well established solution, medavis' RIS will complement Cedara's end-user product offerings in the UK, Ireland , France , Belgium , Luxembourg , the Netherlands , and Lebanon .medavis' RIS was introduced in the late 1990s, following over 2 years of planning, development, and consultation with healthcare and IT professionals. Following initial release, subsequent user feedback has been used to direct continued development of the system. As a state-of-the-art information management solution, the medavis RIS has been designed to manage all data in aradiology practice, supporting numerous modules and interfaces for customized implementation. Using the medavis RIS, a radiology practice or clinic can beequipped with the number of user workstations it requires, and scale it simplementation at a later date as need be. Specific modules include supportfor scheduling, worklists, document management, billing, statistics and more. The medavis RIS is also highly adaptable and available for tight integration with PACS, HIS and EPR solutions, while allowing configurable workflow and language support for different sized institutions in different countries.

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The medavis' RIS software will be available in a tightly integrated format with Cedara's FUSION PACS, to create a comprehensive FUSION RIS/PACS offeringfor select markets. "We are very pleased to be working with Cedara Software," said Joerg Dittrich, Managing Director of medavis. "Cedara's extensive reach and expertise in the global medical imaging marketplace will provide an excellent new channel for our RIS software. Combined with the FUSION PACS platform, healthcare professionals in France , the UK, Ireland , Benelux[ Belgium , Netherlands , Luxembourg ], and Lebanon will be provided with a powerful, new solution for medical imaging, designed to accelerate workflow and productivity in radiological environments."

Cedara's FUSION PACS, made popular by eFilm Workstation(TM), has been installed at a large number of medical facilities around the world andprovides a flexible solution for digital medical imaging throughout the healthcare enterprise and beyond. FUSION PACS is an integrated repository of healthcare information and a suite of software application modules that provide PACS and web distribution of medical images on a single, integrated PACS platform. For healthcare professionals, FUSION PACS addresses needs forease-of-use, affordability, user-centric workflow, scalability, loadbalancing, and secure access to medical images.

"Combined with Cedara's PACS, EPR and clinical applications, medavis' RIS will extend Cedara's capabilities in the end-user market, and allow us to provide a more comprehensive product offering to our growing customer base," said Jacques Cornet , Vice-President of Business Development and Strategic Marketing at Cedara Software. "The medavis RIS was specifically designed to address the divergent needs of the international marketplace -- supporting multiple languages, displaying unique patient information, and providing flexible workflow for healthcare professionals of different nationalities. Weare very pleased to be working with medavis -- a leader in the field of radiology information systems."

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