To Your Good Health
I’ve been busy with a couple of Proofs of Concept recently. The second of these that I worked on was iWantGreatCare. iWantGreatCare is a website that lets you submit reviews of doctors, both GPs and specialists. The existing site is built using Ruby on Rails and MySql. The Proof of Concept (PoC) was built in three weeks by a small team from Microsoft, iWantGreatCare and DotNetSolutions.
We had a few objectives for the PoC. We wanted to show:
- Integration with healthcare providers’ systems
- Intuitive, engaging user experience
- Extensible architecture
- Fit of Microsoft Technologies
We focused on a key scenario based around a mother with a son who requires medical attention who has just moved to a new area. This scenario covers finding a GP, reviewing the GP, finding a specialist and reviewing that specialist. We also looked at how healthcare providers could use and analyse the data that is created by these reviews.
We chose to build the site in ASP .NET MVC (version 1.0 of which has just been released.) Using ASP .NET MVC allowed us to build the site quickly and we were also able to extend it easily to provide different views (for instance, mobile phones and RSS feeds.) It is also readily learned by Ruby on Rails developers. The geospatial features of SQL Server 2008 made the location based searching far simpler than the existing implementation (we used Virtual Earth to show locations) – and Reporting Services provided drill-down reports that can be consumed by healthcare providers through the site. We also demonstrated integration with Sharepoint – a common technology in the NHS.
At the conclusion of the PoC, we had a working application that included all the features we had planned along with a couple of extras (the RSS feeds being an example.) ASP .NET MVC and the speed at which we were able to develop made this possible. iWantGreatCare are already well advanced with the migration to SQL Server 2008, and I look forward to seeing the ways in which the site develops.