General Practice is one field of medical science that is daily getting advanced. The developments in general practice are mainly based on compurisation of health sector especially in maintaining the health data and medical records. The future scope of general practice is mainly based on e-health and electronic health records.
Currently general practice is the most computerized part of the health sector, and contrasts quite markedly with the hospital sector that is not. 95% of GPs have a computer on their desk, and over 50% are effectively paperless. The government data shows that this change was fairly rapid and fairly recent. GPs use four clinical functions per consultation, with prescribing most common, and letter writing identified as the most time consuming. All use it for prescribing, and well over half are using it for recording of progress notes. 85% are using their computer to electronically generate a paper lab/radiology request, and receive the results of same electronically. Health summaries, treatment plans, letters - all are part of the varied mix. By comparison, the hospital sector remains relatively noncomputerized, apart from administrative functions. This is despite quite significant local programs to computerize them. Pearce C The Adoption of Computers by Australian General Practice A Complex Adaptive Systems Analysis.
Last date updated on June, 2014