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January 29, 2014

Yenlo Implements WSO2 Solutions to Help Epilepsy Center Share Information

Just like any other computing device, the brain needs electricity to function. When there is a surge of electrical activity in the brain, it is often times referred to as epileptic activity. This activity disrupts the normal operations of the brain, causing the messages to be mixed up and resulting in an epileptic seizure. According to the CDC the condition affects 2.3 million adults and 467,711 children 0-17 years of age in the United States, and in almost two-thirds of the cases doctors don't know the cause of epilepsy.

In order to find the cause of this condition, collaboration between researchers and care providers is essential. The Epilepsy Institutes of the Netherlands Foundation (Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederland, or SEIN) is implementing the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware along with SUSE Linux to improve its collaboration capability within the institute and other healthcare organizations.

The institute has three clinical centers, 12 outpatient clinics, residential facilities, special education, and sleep centers. The WSO2 Carbon middleware was implemented along with WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB), WSO2 API Manager (WSO2 API), and WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (WSO2 BAM) by Yenlo, a Dutch-based software development and consulting company focused on middleware and business process management.

Because there are many regulations governing the health-care industry in the Netherlands, SEIN had to ensure the platform they were going to adopt met all the mandates. With this system in place the organization is able to share information with other healthcare facilities and organizations without having to worry about any compliance issues.

The selection of WSO2 and SUSE Linux by SEIN is an important step in adopting a 100 percent open source platform even in industries that are heavily regulated.

"The WSO2-SUSE combination implemented for us by Yenlo provides a centralized platform for exchanging data by integrating previously disparate information storage systems. Moreover, standardizing on open source software naturally entails cost reduction. From day one we have benefited from the user friendly solutions of WSO2 and SUSE," said Jean Willem Barzilay, chairman of the board of directors and responsible for all business units within SEIN.

WSO2 Carbon middleware provides a unified and componentized middleware platform allowing IT projects – on premise or in the cloud – to adapt to their specific needs. The open source standard allows developers to create applications and business process with the capability of integrating legacy, packaged and SaaS applications.

Some of the features of this platform include:

  • Common capabilities shared by all WSO2 products, such as built-in registry, user management, transports, security, logging, clustering, caching and throttling services, co-ordination, and a GUI framework.WSO2Con Asia 2014
  • Mechanisms to provide and consume services, message mediation, service orchestration, service governance, business process management and service monitoring
  • In-built Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities such as security, reliable messaging, and throttling
  • Support for EDA, MDA, and other enterprise integration patterns
  • Support for industry standards such as WS-*, REST and other binary and non-binary protocols

"We knew at the start that we wanted to build a solution for SEIN that could grow and adapt to its changing needs, while still adhering to strict requirements for the exchange of healthcare data. Using WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware and SUSE Linux, we’ve met these goals, and today SEIN has a platform that offers the flexibility and ease of integration to address whatever the future may bring," said Ruben van der Zwan, CEO of Yenlo.

Edited by Ryan Sartor
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