Blue Sky Optical
Chapter 10
Optometrists Dianna Good and Charles Cerallo are partners in a west coast eye clinic they started six years ago. They are now interested in opening new locations and believe a computerized system will help with managing the clinics after the expansion. You have been contracted to build the new information system for their current clinic that uses a paper-based system. At this point, Blue Sky Optical has accepted your recommendation to install a server, switch, and five workstation computers as clients on a local area network. One of the workstations will be set up as a point of sales system. The network will include a backup unit, a high volume laser printer, and an impact printer for medical forms that will be accessible by any one of the five workstations. OpenEMR, an open source electronic medical record and medical practice management platform, will be used as the principal application for handling appointments, patient records, and billing. Now you will determine system architecture for Blue Sky Optical.

1. What network model would be the best choice for Blue Sky Optical? Compare and contrast three networking topographies discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each.
2. What would be the advantages of selecting an Internet-based architecture for the Blue Sky Optical system?
3. What would be the benefits of using a wireless network? What would be the drawbacks?
4. What would be the pros and cons of selecting in-house development versus a packaged solution for the Blue Sky Optical system?

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