Hard hat area....Healthcare jumping out with Server 2008 and all the updated components for the application to track Sepsis, a systemic inflammatory response to infection which can progress to circulatory system dysfunction, multiple organ failure, and eventually death. Severe sepsis is common, with over 750,000 cases diagnosed in the United States each year. It is the tenth leading cause of death worldwide, killing approximately one person every minute....enable Windows Activation Services when installing Server 2008 on a 64 bit machine...good case study....BD  image

Hospitals will have the added flexibility of installing a subpart of the software onsite and then running the actual business intelligence, as well as the configuration of forms and services, through off-site data centers.

Developers used the enhanced Web technologies of the Windows Server® 2008 operating system, the Microsoft Visual Studio® Team System 2008 development tools, and Microsoft SQL Server® 2005 database software (with plans to upgrade to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 as quickly as possible once the product is available). The interface technology stack also included the Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 and the Microsoft Office InfoPath® 2007 information-gathering program.

AOI also used the Microsoft Silverlight™ browser plug-in development tool to create the main launch page and primary navigation home page for the solution. “We used Silverlight to develop a visual style for this application that’s quite unique when compared to traditional Web applications,” McGeath says. “We modeled it after the Windows Media Center navigation metaphor, so some of the menu and command navigation scroll vertically as well as horizontally. It’s very dynamic.”

“Traditionally, developers had to use the HTTP protocol to host a service in IIS, but with Windows Server 2008 we can use Windows Activation Service to host our Windows Communication Foundation services. We’re no longer bound to just HTTP protocol so we can run our services over TCP/IP and other protocols that are much quicker than HTTP. We also have centralized management for all of our services in IIS 7.0, which means we can do single-point deployment and we don’t have to spend time coding services that IIS 7.0 gives us right out of the box.”  To increase development speed, AOI used the new Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) features in the .NET Framework 3.5 to extend query capabilities into the SQL database programming language. “We used LINQ to do a lot of our SQL interaction,” says McGeath......Using Windows Activation Service to host the Windows Communication Foundation services, AOI simplified server management by having one centralized hosting environment......This means we’re able to deliver our solution as a SharePoint Web site with the added functionality of Office InfoPath 2007 without having to install InfoPath clients on all of the hospital’s machines.”

Microsoft Case Studies: Vanderbilt University Medical Center


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