83pc of GPs now fully digital, with no paper records: RACGP survey

Eight-three per cent of respondents to a survey on GP use of technology said they were now entirely digital, with no supplementary paper records maintained.

The survey also showed that 73 per cent of GPs work in practices that upload information to the My Health Record, and 30 per cent had accessed a patient’s health information through the My Health Record that would not have otherwise been available to them.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: RACGP, RACGP technology survey


0 # Thinus van Rensburg 2019-02-13 08:25
I would take the results of this survey with a massive pinch of salt. The 1800 odd GPs that responded to this survey, out of > 30K GPs, are also likley the ones pro-active enough to use technology. I very seriously doubt that 50% of GPs out there are sending eReferrals or that 30% of GPs are using Telehealth.
The numbers are interesting but highly unlikely to be a true reflection of what is happening in most GPs. The preface to report, albeit in very fine print, even admits this. And it is important for the media reports to take this into consideration
0 # Kate McDonald 2019-02-13 08:34
Thanks Thinus. The 1200 responses used out of 30,000 GPs is actually quite a large sample size, albeit as you say skewed to those who are IT literate.

If you read the report, it doesn't say 50% of GPs are sending eReferrals. It says 50% are sending or receiving electronic communication, which would include receiving electronic test results.

With the telehealth figure, that 30% includes GPs who use video for training purposes.

If you have a recently published study that shows that these figures are wrong, I'd be happy to report on it.
0 # Thinus van Rensburg 2019-02-13 09:05
Hi Kate

I actually had read the report very carefully.
1762 GPs participated in the study but only 1220 submitted acceptable responses.
50 % of GPs said they send AND receive information via electronic secure communications
a Further 30% only received info in this fashion
Bizarrely 2% send via this method but did not receive.
You are correct that the telehealth services includes online training.
I certainly have no alternative data resouce to fall back on other than interactions with Drs in real life and online and it is a rare thing to find a GP sending eReferrals. I certainly do.

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