When Boston Heart set out to build its unique system that combines medical diagnostics with personalized nutrition plans and lifestyle programs, a key component was UI. After evaluating a number of development tools, it concluded Telerik® Kendo UI® by Progress offered the most features and functionality to create the exceptional end user experience essential to adoption. Keynan also concluded Telerik DevCraft™ was the ideal toolset to speed development and increase productivity at the backend.
“One of the things that Progress delivers with Kendo UI, more than any other component out there, is an interesting user experience,” Keynan said. “It allows the user to interact dynamically, whether it’s on the desktop or a mobile device–and it allows them to readily communicate, respond and take appropriate action.”
Boston Heart relied on a number of Kendo UI widgets, including Kendo UI Scheduler, a critical component to manage complex patient appointment schedules. In addition, Kendo UI Grids allowed Boston Heart to create tools for providers to manage patient information, testing and reporting.
“I find Kendo UI very useful and robust,” Keynan said. “The sliders, grid lists, calendars and many other widgets help our developers rapidly build user friendly functionality into the system.”
To further enhance the user experience, Boston Heart sought to create a more deeply personalized solution to ensure patients stay engaged and informed about their health. It needed a business rules engine for decision processing to help build personalized, customizable patient reports based on lab test results and nutrition, lifestyle and behavioral data to arm patients with usable, actionable information.
“We looked at multiple rules engines and found Progress® Corticon® was at the top of the list,” Keynan said. “It was easy to use and easy to author rules. In a simple and very useful studio, authors see the reports as they write them, communicate with databases and get rules launched and processed, producing results upfront before they are deployed in production.
The segregation between rule authoring and rule development was a critical feature for Boston Heart. “Corticon allows our scientific team to author rules and our development team to use them and consume them inside our applications. We don’t need to have developers involved in writing rules,” Keynan said.