Hardware Requirements

Spinalogic is very un-demanding on your hardware.

You will need to install the database on your server and Spinalogic Workstation software on each workstation. In a simple Express installation, you commonly have both the database and the workstation on the same PC. You can then connect to that PC from other workstations.

In a practice using Complete or Unlimited, we recommend you have a stand-alone server which is not used as a workstation.

Hardware

Spinalogic can be run on a single stand-alone machine (typical for Express) or a network of any size. Typically a Complete or Unlimited installation will have one server and 5-10 workstations.

Stand-alone Machine or Workstation

  • Minimum specs: Pentium 4, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD, Windows 7 Home
  • Recommended specs: Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 240 GB SSD HDD, Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
  • Monitors must have minimum of 1024 pixel vertical resolution. Standard HD is recommended: 1920 x 1080
  • Touch-screens are good for arrivals and adjusting locations.
  • In a Complete/Unlimited installation, place one workstation at each table, one at arrivals, one or two at your front desk, and one in your exam room. If you want to use patient self-checkout, you’ll need one for that too.

Server

  • Minimum specs: Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, Windows 7 Pro
  • Recommended specs: Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD RAID 1 or 5, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.
  • Server can double up as a workstation but we strongly recommend you don’t.
  • Monitor not required unless doubling up as workstation

You can use Windows Server, but we recommend you do not use SBS (Small Business Server).

Antivirus

  • We recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7. It is free for up to 10 PCs even in a business. If you have more than 10 PCs, talk to your local IT provider.
  • Windows 10 has it’s own built-in antivirus and no other is required or recommended.

Backup

  • Backup is essential for your valuable practice data. You can supply your own or use our backup service. Either way you need:
    • Local backup on external HDD
    • Cloud backup offsite
  • Warning! Don’t think that Dropbox or Onedrive is a backup! It is for filesharing and does not protect you against the viruses like BitLocker. Backup is so important, you are best to use a professional to provide it for you.

Network

  • Internet connection for updates, support and licencing
  • Wired network – gigabit preferred, 100Mb is OK.
  • Wireless or ‘ethernet over powerline’ will be disappointing and is not recommended.

Patient Recognition

In a Complete/Unlimited installation, patients can arrive themselves. We recommend our easy PIN-number login system. You need no additional hardware to use this – just a touch-screen, keyboard or numeric keypad. If preferred, Spinalogic can read a variety of existing barcodes and can use fingerprint recognition.

Other Notes

  • If space is a concern, you can use Microsoft Surface Pro for Arrivals or Checkout. This is a tablet that runs full Windows and you can stick up on the wall
  • You might also like the micro-pcs like NUC or Brix. They are so small they just bolt on to the back of your monitor.
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