I’m told EMIS’ centrally hosted systems, in multiple redundant data centres, are broken today. Both EMIS PCS and EMIS Web have failed for swathes of the country. A report is that it is working in part of the Midlands. See DNUK thread, if you have access.
Me, I prefer a local server in my building. It fails more gracefully from the countrywide point of view, and has severalother advantages.
If I were to have a central system, then apaprt from it being actually reliable, I’d want two fibres connecting to it, leaving my building from 2 different corners, and staying separate all the way to two data centres.
The pressure on GPs has not been about reliability, although that is an excuse offered, but about power, responsibility and perhaps other people’s commercial interest.