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UK GPs leading the way for online services

The 2012 Commonwealth International Health Policy survey shows the UK is top of the table when it comes to using health information technology.

The survey of nearly 8,500 primary care doctors in Australia, Canada, France,Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States reports that more than two thirds of GPs in the UK said their practices had multi-functional capacity. For example, they can order prescriptions or diagnostic tests online, manage patient lists and generate patient information electronically. The majority of UK GPs surveyed, 97 per cent, also said that they use electronic medical records.

Compared to the other countries the UK tops the list for providing after hours care for patients and for reporting that their practices used nurse case managers. UK doctors also reported the highest rates when it came to feedback on their performance with 84 per cent saying that they receive and review data on clinical outcomes.