Design, setting and participants: A secondary analysis of data from a random sample of 1319 Australian GPs who participated in the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) survey, a continuous cross-sectional survey of general practice activity, between November 2003 and March 2005. Participants reported the availability of computers at their major practice address and the clinical functions for which they used the computers.
Results: The proportion of GPs not using a computer was 11.2% (6% did not have a computer at their major practice address and a further 5.2% chose not to use an available computer). The majority of GPs using a computer at work used it for electronic prescribing (94.7%), ordering tests (82.2%) and keeping some patient data in an electronic medical record (79.5%). Of those with clinical software available (n = 1114), 6.6% chose not to use it. A third of GPs (32.8%) kept all patient information in an electronic format. The proportion of GPs keeping all data electronically and using all clinical functions available in their computer was 21.7%.
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