System Requirements

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Our Practice-based software is compatible with most environments found in GP surgeries.  The specific system requirements for QMS Practice Focus are detailed below.

Clinical System Compatibility

Currently compatible with all systems that meet RFA 99 accreditation criteria, using 5 byte Read Codes or CTV3 codes. All statistical data from participating practices can be aggregated to provide a comprehensive database. QMS Software is currently running alongside the following clinical systems:

  • EMIS PCS (Lan and Enterprise)
  • EMIS Web
  • Synergy and Premiere
  • INPS Vision + (Lan and Enterprise)

Minimum Hardware requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Server 2003 SP2
  • Server 2008
  • Windows 7 32bit
  • Vista
  • XP SP2 or SP3

Processor Speed:

  • Minimum of 2GHz
  • Multi-core processor is recommended


  • Minimum of 2Gb of RAM

Disk Space:

  • Minimum of 20GB of free hard disk space

Screen Resolution:

  • Minimum of 1024x768 and 16 bit colour

Internet Connection:

  • Must be able to connect to outside networks (including firewall configuration to allow data transfer to the PCT/GP/GP Consortia, where appropriate) to check for updates and send exportable data
  • Web browser to allow access to online documentation & remote support
  • Allow * URL on the firewall where * is everything on ports HTTP 80 and HTTPS 443. This will allow QMS to connect remotely using LogMeIn Rescue to facilitate both remote installation  and on-going support

Other software dependencies:

  • Excel 2003 or later, with up to date service packs including Visual Basic for Applications
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or above
  • Windows Installer 3.1
  • A valid Data Recovery Agent for Windows Encrypting File System

Location of installation:

  • It is preferable to install Practice Focus on a machine that is not used on a daily basis as performance may be affected during the monthly refresh process. 

User Rights:

  • To be able to add/remove users from having access to Practice Focus and its report, a user must have administrative privileges to manage a Local Windows User Group.  The main user must also be allowed to install updates to installed programs in order to regularly update the software.