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Do we need to upgrade an existing system?

As part of the process of a health IT implementation, health centers, other safety net providers and ambulatory care providers often have to make detailed plans for infrastructure upgrades. For many, a useful starting point is completing a technology inventory of the systems currently in place in their institution. When evaluating the current infrastructure a complete assessment of the following core components should be completed: 1) network, 2) servers, 3) desktop PCs and 4) peripheral devices (e.g., printers and fax machines). Many new clinical systems today require specific server and PC configurations. By reviewing the vendor specifications for their software a plan can be developed for the exact infrastructure upgrades that will be required.

The resources below provide templates for completing a hardware inventory.

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