practices may not know what needs should be considered when planning an IT budget, posing a challenge for many general practices budgeting for IT infrastructure. IT costs can be difficult to value in terms of capital expense, for the purchase, lifeexpectancy of hardware and infrastructure, and the operating costs for ongoing services and licensing. A reluctance to incorporate new technology into general practice is often based on an over-riding concern that new technology and systems show little regard for the complex and dynamic GP-patient relationship. The adage of ‘Your solution is not my problem!’ could not be truer for some.
Attitudes and perceptions regarding the value of technological innovation have contributed to the limited innovation and change in general practice. A 2006 study by Ford, Menachemi and Phillips, Predicting the Adoption of Electronic Health Records, concluded that the appeal of broad-based technologically facilitated strategies to improve quality and management in healthcare delivery could have been inhibited by stakeholder perceptions.
Embracing technology Adoption of technology can be increased if GPs are assured of improved patient healthcare outcomes with minimal impact on their current workflow. Encouraging
Outsourced Patient Management
GPs to fully embrace technology for clinical purposes through highlighting its benefits in patient care delivery is an important step towards achieving the maximum benefits of technology in Australian general practice. The RACGP has a unique opportunity as the trusted representative of the profession to encourage general practices to improve their technology knowledge base and digital skills. Improved knowledge and skills will enable practices to support the delivery of better patient healthcare outcomes, more efficient practice and patient management, and improved timely communication and data collection, which will support the provision of safe and high quality healthcare.
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