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In 2002, HealthRx Corporation developed a rich-client solution for the NIH to catalogue and track all potentially hazardous materials used in the many institutes’ biomedical research.  The growing need for a web-based solution inspired HealthRx to fold this solution, then called the Potentially Hazardous Materials Information System (PHMIS), into their PI-Dashboard offering, an online biomedical research management tool. 

When HealthRx decided to create its first web-based application, the development team spent thousands of dollars on a variety of technologies while searching for a tool to help building on the experience of the rich-client product.  It became clear that there was a significant difference between web sites and web applications, and that Visual WebGui was in a class by itself in allowing leveraging of virtually the entire PHMIS GUI and all of the business and data layers.  The users lost nothing in functionality they were used to yet have the convenience of a web product.

HealthRx’s senior developer was the sole developer on the project that took six months to complete.  In early 2008, HealthRx decommissioned the rich-client product and introduced webPHMIS. "Visual WebGui allowed us to spend more time on providing a solution to our customer’s needs and less time on the arcane technical details of web development,” said J. Patrick Vandersluis, Ph.D., HealthRx’s CEO

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Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 9:54 PM Web Development , Web Design , Open Source Community | Back to top

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