Software:  There are a couple of main software packages on the market the main ones being Health one, Socrates, GP Mac.  Other software you may need is to purchase Outlook licences to give you office and email functions.

Hardware: The basic hardware you need in the practice are:

PC for each station

A sSecure Server is recommended for safety reasons

Antivirus software

Firewall

Backups. Backing up your data should be a priority in the practice, if you backup manually yourself you should test the tape or storage device weekly to make sure that it not corrupt and is backing up all of your data.  If you use off site storage you should test out the retrieval of your data and see how long it completes to download fully. Data should also be restored and tested to ensure backups are working correctly.