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Canada : Hitachi Medical Computer Systems Selects Embarcadero Delphi XE4 to Deliver iPad & Windows App for Dental Clinics.

Embarcadero Technologies today announced that Hitachi Medical Computer Systems, Inc. used Delphi XE4 to develop a multi-device version of its DELTA View dental support system. The app can now be used on both iPad and Windows.

DELTA View is a software system that enables a dentist to receive "informed consent" by presenting medical information to a patient. DELTA View is a Presentation Image Viewer used by dentists to display X-ray images. The Windows version was adopted by more than 400 dental clinics within six months of its release in 2012. The iPad version was developed in response to dentists who also wanted to use the app on tablets. Delphi XE4 (released April 2013), which can be used for iOS app development, enabled the release of the iPad version in a short amount of time.

Hitachi Medical Computer Systems chose Delphi XE4 for the productivity of its visual development environment (which shortened development time to one-third of their conventional development times), the high performance enabled by its approach to native code, and its advanced application framework for creating stylish, responsive user interfaces. As a result, Delphi XE4 has now been adopted by Hitachi Medical Computer Systems' dental solutions development unit.

Development of the iPad version commenced in March 2013 with the evaluation of the Delphi XE4 beta. By utilizing existing code from the Windows version, it was possible to get the app up and running on the iPad in just one month. After some fine-tuning and adjustments, the app was submitted to Apple and passed their review. In total, it took only three months of actual development time to complete the app.

"The majority of dental treatment takes place chairside," said Noriaki Arizumi, Manager of the Dentistry Development Department, Development Headquarters, Hitachi Medical Computer Systems, Inc. "For this reason, many dentists requested a tablet version of the app so that they could communicate with patients in ways that were easier for them to understand. The use of Delphi XE4 allowed us to release the iPad version in an extremely short amount of time. It was also significant that we were able to use the same framework and easily unify the appearance with the already-released Windows version."

Many medical support systems, such as conventional electronic medical records systems and X-ray image viewers, have been developed for the Windows platform. However, there is an increasing demand for tablet versions that allow information to be easily shown to patients. This does not mean that the tablet will replace conventional Windows versions. Rather, there is a need for both a Windows version used primarily to make entries and a tablet version for searching and displaying data.

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