In October 2017, the RACGP released its annual survey to explore the views and attitudes on the use of technology in general practice. A 10-minute online survey was distributed to GPs across Australia. In total, 1014 GPs participated in the survey, and 749 responses were considered for analysis.
Our survey indicates that GPs remain optimistic about the use of eHealth technology and its ability to improve productivity and care coordination. We know more GPs are recommending health apps to their patients, but uncertainty about medico-legal issues means that almost 50% have not adopted the use of apps to support patient care. Participants indicated they would like to engage in professional development opportunities in the use of technology and in how to incorporate eHealth technologies and solutions into patient-related work, including education on the use of My Health Record.
The RACGP hopes the results provide a stimulus to discuss increased adoption of digital technologies in general practice while achieving the best health outcomes for patients.