Recommended Hardware Specifications
Computer:2 DuoGHz / 2 GB DDR II RAM / 160 GB HDD / DVD RW / 17" WTFT
Printer: Canon LBP 3000 Laser Printer
Power supply: 600 VA offline UPS with external battery
(4+ Hr. backup)
For networks having more than 3 terminals, one dedicated Server computer is required and for small networks (up to 3 terminals), the server may be used to run the software.
Big networks (Above 6 clients):
Xeon 3.x GHzserver
2GB RAM / 250 GB HDD (2 No.s; 1 hot-swappable/ DVDRW
Medium networks (4 to 6 clients):
CoreDuo Desktop 3.x GHz (Dedicated)
2 GB DDR II RAM / 160 GB HDD (2 No.s) / DVDRW
Small Networks (2 or 3 clients):
CoreDuo Desktop 3.x GHz (May not be dedicated)
2GB DDR II RAM / 160 GB HDD / DVDRW/ 17" WTFT
Pentium Dual Core / Celeron 2.x GHz / 1 GB DDR II RAM / 80 GB HDD / 17" WTFT
Operating System - Windows XP Professional , Windows 7 Sp1, Windows 8
RDBMS – My-Sql
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Network switch - (For networks having more than 2 terminals) 8 port, 16 port or bigger (100 mbps speed) according to the No of clients. D-Link Switch is preferable.
Cabling - Should be installed by professional network engineers through separate channels. Special attention has to be given to avoid electrical signal interferences. Network Switch should be fixed near the server. Cable length is a significant in network performance; shorter the better.
Power supply - 1 KVA Online UPS with external battery (4+ Hr. backup) for the server and 600 VA offline UPS for each terminal.
One resident server administrator having knowledge in computer hardware and networking is highly recommended in the computerized hospital. Day-to-day operations such as data entry, backup, report generation, stock maintenance etc. should be performed by the staff. On expiry of the warranty period, the client may optionally engage in an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) with the developer to ensure continued support.
Formula for successful automation
Initiative of the management
This is the foremost and prime requirement in successful medical automation. Understanding the necessity and benefits of computerization are the motivational factors. The initiative should sustain till completion of the project.
Cooperation of the staff
The staff of the hospital should be aware of the project from the beginning itself. In one way or the other, each employee has to connect with the automated system. Regular staff meetings ensuring two-way communications and staff awareness/training programmes are necessary throughout the process. Learning of computers, both hardware and software, has to be encouraged.
Expertise of the developer (software)
The developer should have many years of experience in automating medical institutions as well as supporting such automated systems. Those, specialized in software, is better than multi-business companies. Companies specialize in medical automation, rather than dealing different software, are much acceptable. Specialization leads to expertise.
Always consult with the software developer when purchasing hardware and stick to their recommendations. Compatibility and performance issues of components are common in assembled hardware. Normally, branded ones are free from such problems. Quality of hardware should never be compromised to ensure un-interrupted running of the system. Even though the initial investment is high, world class brands are more economically viable in the long run.
Quality of the software
To assess the quality of a software is a difficult task. Reading the brochures carefully and seeing detailed demonstrations are inevitable. In demonstrations, the more you ask the better you know. Take time in demonstrations. Incorporate staff of various departments. Ask for client references and don't hesitate to ask query.