Issues and trends in computerisation within UK primary health care.

Pemberton, Jon, Buehring, Anna, Stonehouse, George, Simpson, Louise and Purves, Ian (2003) Issues and trends in computerisation within UK primary health care. Logistics Information Management, 16 (3/4). pp. 181-190. ISSN 0957-6053

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This paper charts the technological developments that have taken place within primary health care during the last 20 years, drawing upon previous research and presenting new survey findings on the current state of computerisation. The survey reveals that 96 per cent of UK practices use a clinical computer system, with repeat and acute prescribing, the collation of annual data and audits/searches being the most well used applications. The move towards the so-called “paperless” practice is strongly related to GPs’ computing expertise, with larger practices more likely to have gone in this direction. Over half of GP practices now have access to the Internet. Improvement of computing skills appears a major determinant of successful integration of technology within a practice. There is a need to develop a social architecture and learning environment that allows GPs to provide good quality health care with clinical computer systems at its heart.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0957-6053
Electronic ISSN: 1758-7948
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computing; Primary care; Clinical effectiveness; Internet; Health care
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Item ID: 4985
Depositing User: Mr David Main
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2013 14:54

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