A guide to information backup in general practice


Recommendations, practical advice and checklists

Guide to information backup in general practice

Backup is the process of copying files or databases so they are preserved in the event of equipment failure or other catastrophes.

It is an essential activity for general practice to have backup procedures in place.

Backing up business-critical information is a requirement in order for a general practice to achieve accreditation.

It is recommended that practices have a reliable information backup system to support timely access to business and clinical information.

In addition to having a sound backup system in place, your practice needs a continuity plan to encompass all critical areas of your practice’s operations.

This guide does not provide specific advice regarding general practice information technology (IT) requirements, as this is unique to each individual general practice. It is recommended that you consult an IT professional when implementing new technologies into your practice.


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