Give Ruby on Rails a shot for medical/clinical web applications

Most people in the healthcare and medical/clinical applications universe are aware of PHP, Java, perl, .NET, C#, and especially Mumps for developing systems. However, most of you may not be familiar with a relatively new scripting language called Ruby and a full-stack framework called Ruby On Rails. If you’re developing quick-turnaround web applications to connect to existing or legacy applications you may find that working in Rails is a very good way to get quick and dirty applications completed. It’s an excellent prototyping tool and if your needs are met by the solutions you prototype you can put it into actual production use with relative ease.

I wouldn’t recommend Rails for full enterprise usage all over your company, but I would give it a shot for a few test projects. You may find that it will serve you well. And, Rails uses modern object-oriented principles, supports design patterns like MVC, and doesn’t promote bad programming practices.

By the way, almost everyone who tries Rails falls in love with it so be sure to read my “be careful about Rails” article, too. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Give Ruby on Rails a shot for medical/clinical web applications

  1. Pingback: The Healthcare IT Guy » Best language for secure healthcare applications

  2. you really need to delete the “be careful about Rails” article. it is way too dated and now very wrong. Save face a hit the delete key. In 2005 it might have been correct but please update your blog.

    1. David, thanks for the note — you are quite correct that the advice is dated and that Ruby on Rails is not only a first-class programming stack but that it is very good for almost anyone doing healthcare IT web applications or sites. Going back and updating all blog entries in the past is probably too much so I'll probably just write a new posting about it. Thanks again.

  3. David, thanks for the note — you are quite correct that the advice is dated and that Ruby on Rails is not only a first-class programming stack but that it is very good for almost anyone doing healthcare IT web applications or sites. Going back and updating all blog entries in the past is probably too much so I'll probably just write a new posting about it. Thanks again.

  4. I work a company, Medical Decision Logics, Inc. (in Maryland, USA), and we have a EMR product created in rails, as well as several Clinical Research Products. However, we do use other languages as well, like Delphi and Prolog. I love my job because it forces me to stay on top of the game! Ruby on Rails is such a new and growing language, even for version 3+.

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