St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital gets a dose of Alpha for healthy applications St. Luke’s Methodist Hospital
“Thanks to the hidden power of Xbasic and Xdialog in Alpha, I can develop a powerful application in a fraction of the time it would take using any other language, and at a fraction of the cost.”
Martin Cole, Owner,
Cole Custom Programming
St. Luke’s Respiratory Care department was struggling to maintain a current, updated database application that served a hectic hospital environment, and complied with HIPAA and other regulations. St. Luke’s nurses would begin entering data, only to be called away from their work station, leaving records incomplete. The hospital needed a self-maintaining system that multiple nurses could access from multiple workstations. St. Luke’s also wanted the system to provide a billing platform, manage scheduling, and give detailed data to therapists and physicians. In addition, the application had to run on St. Luke’s hospital server, and give nurses 24/7 access. Perhaps most challenging, development costs had to fit St. Luke’s modest project budget.
St. Luke’s contacted Cole Custom Programming’s head programmer, Martin Cole, for a solution. With over 40 years of experience in client accounting, database development, and computer programming, Cole knew an operational application with the capabilities St. Luke’s required could cost tens of thousands of dollars—well outside the hospital’s budget. To meet the hospital’s cost restraints, Cole chose Alpha Five. Its professional visual programming tools helped Cole build St. Luke’s application in a fraction of the time it would have taken had he chosen another platform, which dramatically reduced cost. In particular, Cole leveraged Alpha’s Xbasic language and Xdialog building tools to rapidly prototype and finalize the application design for St. Luke’s specific needs.
The result: a rapid, intuitive, seamless, unbreakable system that addresses literally all of the hospital’s challenges, within budget. Its self-reliant design lets respiratory nurses leave a record in the middle of modifying it, without having to worry about losing or compromising data. The reliable system also maintains and provides detailed patient data for therapists and physicians, and is available around the clock to all staff from the hospital server. Moreover, the program is scalable, letting multiple nurses work simultaneously from any one of 200 available workstations. In fact, the new system has been so successful, St. Luke’s has extended it to the courier department for billing, and created a program that helps nurses automatically manage their irregular schedules.
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Martin W. Cole
Cole Custom Programming