Regardless of whether the system is local or cloud-based, physician practices should have a plan that includes off-site storage of data.
- Conduct a stocktake of your computers, including documenting the specifications and age of each computer and how many are running on Windows XP.
- Determine how many computers might need upgrading or replacing to meet the minimum specifications for running the practice clinical and management software.
- Consider whether upgrading to new computers would be a better option in terms of long term maintenance costs and practice disruption.
- Consider which operating system might be best suited for the practices requirements (Windows 7, 8 or Apple).
- Develop an upgrade plan for your practice based on budget and capacity. Eg. one new computer per month or a bulk purchase.
- Consider how best to dispose of old computers and hard drives, consult the RACGP’s Effective solutions for e-waste in your practice.”