Networking your office practices

J. C. McClay

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Medical practices that use computers experience frustration about the inability to share files, printers, and programs. It is possible to get the computers to 'work together' through establishing a local area network (LAN). A LAN is a group of computers connected by cable or wireless media with software to allow them to communicate. LANS provide numerous benefits including: the ability to share data, programs, and peripheral devices; reduced hardware requirements; and improved communications and administrative functions. Setting up a LAN for a medical practice involves planning, selection and procurement of the necessary hardware and software, developing a network design, implementing the design, and putting the network into operation. This article provides the framework to assess the need for a LAN, its potential benefits and costs, and the process for setting up one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-192
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Medical Practice Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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