Is it too late for NHS national programme to win support of doctors for new systems?

Collins, Tony
February 2005
Computer Weekly;2/8/2005, p14
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The article focuses on the survey carried out by Great Britain's National Health Service (NHS), which reveals a widespread lack of enthusiasm for national plan among general practitioners (GPs). Since February 2003 online polling specialist Medix has carried out four surveys of doctors' views on the national programme for IT (NPfIT). All have highlighted problems in engaging clinician support, but the latest poll results are markedly more deprecating than in previous surveys. A year ago 70% of GPs thought the NPfIT was an important priority for the NHS, and 56% were enthusiastic about it. Those figures are now down to 41% and 21% respectively. Support among non-GPs is stronger — nearly 70% think it is an important priority, and about 50% are enthusiastic. But the buy-in of GPs is critical to the success of the scheme. GPs' support is also important to the success of the National Care Records Service, which will comprise a national database of summarized health records. If GPs boycott the care records service — and many already have — the database may have so many holes that it is not viewed by clinicians as fit to use in earnest. INSET: Highlights of the Medix survey.


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