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5 Prototype

The prototype will illustrate the interaction between a healthcare provider and the EMR Data Analysis system to diagnose a case of a type of MRSA. This process will show how the doctor will be able to use the EMR Data Analysis system to create, customize, and maintain a treatment plan for the specific patient relevant to the diagnosis, along with decision support provided by the software.

5.1 How to Run Prototype

The prototype will be implemented using Microsoft's Silverlight, version 3. Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in that is similar to the more widely used Adobe Flash. Silverlight was used for this application because it allows for easy creation and customization of rich application user interfaces either directly using XAML encoding or through a separate program developed by Microsoft (Microsoft's Blend) to facilitate the design and customization of applications using Silverlight. Silverlight also allows for implementation of custom interactions within the user interface elements by utilizing code behind files written in the C# programming language. Another reason for the use of Silverlight is that the default toolkit of user interface elements provided to design user interfaces is simple and has high aesthetic value.

In order to run the application, the only requirements are that the user is on a computer with an updated browser (Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.) and that they download a small (4.3 MB) plug-in when they navigate to the application for the first time. Silverlight is not platform or browser specific, so there are no hardware, networking or operating system requirements.

The prototype can be accessed through the web via a link on the team website at http://www.cse.msu.edu/~cse435/Projects/F09/EMR-Analysis/web/.

Template based on IEEE Std 830-1998 for SRS. Modifications (content and ordering of information) have been made by Betty H.C. Cheng, Michigan State University (chengb at chengb.cse.msu.edu)

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