Another important aspect of Synergy was the ability to create multiple databases for customers that can sync with Merge's own database. IBM's Raza said that ability is particularly important for customers working across multiple groups. With Telelogic Change, Merge was able to create a specific log that helped keep track of change requests and defects during the development process, Bascom said. In addition, the tool was easily customizable for what Merge wanted to do.Raza said being able to track changes and fix defects is a key part of creating useful software. "The idea [behind the Telelogic tools] is to capture and manage all sorts of change in your company," he said. The tools, according to Bascom, enabled Merge to assure customers that the Cedara WebAccess technology not only meets their needs for getting products to end users in a fast and efficient fashion, but that the product also complies with the demands of the various federal regulations governing privacy and security. Merge is just beginning to roll out Cedara WebAccess now, he said, though there was a lot of interest from attendees at the Radiological Society event in Chicago. Cedara WebAccess is being sold through Merge's OEM business; Merge will sell it to other parties, which will then sell it to their customers. Merge expects the first deployments of the technology to begin late this year or early in the first quarter of 2009. Sometime next year, Merge will be adding the capability of creating three-dimensional digital images from multiplanar reformation images, or MPRs. MPRs offer two-dimensional image slices, Bascom said. Through the new capabilities Merge will add to Cedara WebAccess in 2009, health care providers will be able to navigate through 3-D images created from 2-D MPRs. "It's a way of viewing 3-D data in a 2-D [environment]," he said.
"We didn't have to change our process for it to work for us," he said. "We could change the tool to fit what we wanted to do."