Survey on mobile technology adoption in general practice

The RACGP is running a survey to gauge the uptake of technology in general practice, calling on GPs, practice managers, practice nurses and allied health professionals to have their say.

Predominantly dealing with mobile device adoption rather than information technology, the survey aims to help the college understand what systems are being used, what future investment is needed and what are the key technology challenges faced by general practice teams.

It asks questions about whether the respondent is using technology in patient care as much as they would like, what is the biggest influence on adoption of technology and what are the main barriers that restrict the use of technology in practice.

Barriers could include lack of leadership related to technology use in the practice, lack of actual technological devices, insufficient support on how to use technology, integration with current processes and integration with IT.

It also asks how often the respondent uses mobile devices for patient-related work, how confident they are in using mobile devices compared to two years ago and five years ago, and the respondent's thoughts on whether mobile devices increase productivity, make it easier to access patient data or make it easier to record patient information.

Devices mentioned include desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and video conferencing.

Importantly, the survey asks what type of practice or patient information can currently be accessed from the respondent's smartphone or tablet – such as EMRs, alerts from clinical systems, secure messaging, test results, drug references or remote monitoring – and then asks what type of practice or patient information the respondent would like to be able to access for their device.

Other questions include how often the practice communicates with patients via traditional and electronic means, the methods used – such as websites, email, text, online appointments, web portals or video conferencing – and whether the respondent uses apps or portable consumer devices like heart rate monitors with patients.

The survey closes on November 30.

Posted in Australian eHealth


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