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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Medical Practice Management|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy