The prestigious College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) is advancing medical training for its 2,900 members with the introduction of a new web based eLearning platform built by digital specialists Deeson Online and hosted by DediPower Managed Hosting.
“This is a radical departure from our traditional conference and paper based learning programmes,” explains Taj Hassan, National Clinical Lead for eLearning at the CEM.
“Many of our college members work tight and erratic schedules. We wanted to make studying easier for them by using modern technology to create a collaborative learning environment; offering exciting, up-to-date, interactive content 24/7. Between them, Deeson and DediPower have delivered this, in time and on budget – providing reliable, fast and convenient access to the web-based tools necessary to train our future Emergency Medicine specialists.”
Supporting doctors continuing their professional development through emergency training, those seeking to achieve Fellowship and Membership of the College and CCT trainees, the site provides a huge source of reference materials, photography, scientific papers, abstracts and case studies. It also uses online quizzes and games to help doctors evolve their analytical techniques. All of this demands a sophisticated platform and high capacity storage with reliable and secure webhosting.
Tim Deeson, Director, Deeson Online comments, “We are used to working with high demand, feature rich websites, so putting the site framework together, using Drupal open source, was relatively straightforward. However, the volume of high resolution images, critical nature and need for secure access meant that this was a big, demanding site. It needed a lot of capacity, fast access and reliable secure infrastructure which our managed hosting partner, DediPower – with its emphasis on technical and service excellence – was well able to provide.”
DediPower hosts the CEM website within its enterprise class data centre where it stores the data, processes real-time requests and manages information flow.
“Reliability is vital,” adds Chris Miller, CEO, DediPower Managed Hosting. “Because many CEM members are studying for exams, we have to ensure that the site is always available. For this reason, we use virtualisation techniques across our servers to create a robust and reliable platform that ensures constant uptime. It also allows us to provide the most cost effective solution for this demanding application – an important factor for a non-profit making organisation such as CEM.”