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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Windows 10 Evaluation

We used an HP EliteBook laptop with Windows 10, provided by the IR Jayhawk Tech Clinic, to do a surface evaluation of compatibility with the various applications we use in the medical education program. We are using the term "surface" evaluation because we only checked to see if the most common features were usable with Windows 10 and the latest version of IE. There is no guarantee that there are no other issues between the new OS and medical applications.

Consider these findings in deciding whether to upgrade to Windows 10. If you decide to upgrade, schedule it carefully on your calendar so that you avoid scheduling problems with lectures, exams, labs, and assignments should you experience problems later on.

Aperio

The Webscope viewer for viewing images in a browser works well. We also downloaded and installed ImageScope (also called ScanScope) and it worked equally well.

ClinicalKey

ClinicalKay is the online resource through the library for Robbins Basic Pathology. Links to the sections in the reference worked fine as well as using the resource at library.kumc.edu.

DICOM Viewer

We successfully downloaded and installed the DICOM viewer and we were able to view radiology images and series.

ExamSoft

Currently exams that are delivered by ExamSoft are taken in the library CTC so we did no testing here. The vendor however is prepared to update ExamSoft for Windows 10.

JayDocs

Everything we checked in JayDocs seems to working just fine in Windows 10. We used FireFox and Chrome since JayDocs is not optimized for IE.  LCMS+, the vendor, has advised that they are doing some additional coding to improve compatibility. We think all of the common tasks student normally do in JayDocs will function in Windows 10.

LearningSpace

We were able to open LearningSpace using Windows 10 but not able to play videos.  We also had issues playing the Bates videos on Physical Exams though this may be an issue with the older Flash technology used in the videos since we also had issues with other OS systems. Both LearningSpace and videos can be played using library computers and those used in the Clinical Skills Lab.

Oasis

We did not evaluate Oasis because the vendor advised that they will not be compatible until September.  Oasis is the evaluation system. It is web-based so you can use any computer on campus if you need to.

Office 365 and SharePoint Online

We had no issues working in Office 365 using web apps and OneDrive. Also no issues accessing SharePoint documents.

OneNote

As you would expect since Windows 10 and OneNote are both Microsoft products, everything we checked in the histopathology lab protocols including links to other resources like the slide tours and Aperio images seems to work just fine.




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Upgrading to Windows 10



Before we can recommend whether you should upgrade your device to Windows 10, we need to make sure you won't have issues using the various applications we have in the medical program. These include JayDocs, SharePoint, Office 365, OneNote, and Aperio just to name a few.

Here is what we know today:

LCMS+ who is the vendor for JayDocs has advised us that they are doing some code changes so that JayDocs will work with Microsoft Edge which is the new browser in Windows 10. FireFox and Chrome seem to work okay but there are defaults in Windows 10 that point to Edge so clicking a link in FireFox might force you to Edge. We need to learn more about how this works.

IR temporarily loaned our office a laptop with Windows 10 so that we can see if there are any issues with the various applications used in the medical program. It will take us some time to go through everything. Initially we were able to open JayDocs but we are having issues accessing accounts for the document library and OneNote. We have not yet check Aperio.

It will take some time to work through these.  We will keep everyone up-to-date on what we learn through follow-on blog posts on our MET site (you can access the blog at  http://met.kumc.edu using the post links in the lower right corner of the screen).