Allscripts' pending acquisition of Eclipsys makes sense but has perils, according to several consultants specializing in helping providers select information systems.

Ambulatory vendor Allscripts needed a hospital vendor partner to more successfully compete with Epic Systems, Cerner, Meditech and other companies that offer ambulatory systems to hospitals for their employed and/or affiliated physicians. Further, ambulatory rival NextGen Healthcare Information Systems entered the hospital market in the past year.

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