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Small to Midsize practice that have gone digital require desktops pc’s that can multitask and even connect multiple monitors together.

Most practice management software have a minimum and recommended hardware requirement for desktop computers however every practice must take into account that this the recommendation is for the software it self.

The software vendor does not take into account additional software that you may be running concurrently such Outlook, Quickbook etc.

Regardless of the vendor of your preference we recommending the following standards for the practice desktops:

  • Front office computers such as check in and checkout computers need higher performance due to the fact that staff at front office is always multitasking and have multiple applications open at the same time.
  • We recommend front office and doctor computers contain at least i5 or i7 quad core or higher processor, 8 to 16 GB of ram and Solid State Hard Drive.
  • As a best practice if budget permit we recommend all computers in the practice to have the same specification however operatory computers specification can reduced to meet budget needs.
  • Practice that will be taking advantage of 3D imaging will need to consider additional demand of 3D video requirements.

Business-class operating system

When you turn on a computer the first thing you encounter is the operating system, usually Windows or Macintosh. What you may not know is that there are different versions, with some having little or no security built in to save costs and keep retail prices low. Consumer versions of Windows and Macintosh do not protect the data files stored on the device, and do not allow you to securely connect to a network. You need to have a business-class version of the operating system and make sure it is properly set up to protect stored data and to securely join a network. This means you should not be buying computers for your network from retail stores that offer low-cost consumer products. Make sure you achieve HIPAA compliance by purchasing professional models with business-class security. Also, Windows XP will be losing its security updates in April, 2014, which means that XP computers and medical instruments with imbedded XP computers will no longer be HIPAA compliant.

Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Pro: summary of differences

Home Pro
Create and join a domain (work network) No Yes
BitLocker No Yes
Group policy management No Yes
Remote Desktop No Yes
Hyper-V (virtualisation) No Yes
Assigned Access No Yes
Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer No Yes
Windows Store for Business No Yes
Trusted Boot No Yes
Windows Update for Business No Yes
Max. supported RAM 128GB 2TB