Comparison of information technology in general practice in 10 countries

Healthc Q. 2007;10(2):107-16.


A study commissioned by Canada Health Infoway provides a comparative analysis of automation in general practice in 10 countries. The most common clinical application is the automation of medication prescriptions--even if it is not a mandatory requirement as it is in Norway. It is the clinical application that provides one of the biggest benefits to general practitioners as it addresses legibility concerns, can be a significant time saver (particularly for repeat prescriptions) and offers the potential to make use of decision-support capabilities. The transmission of laboratory results is the most common electronic clinical communication application.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Information Systems / statistics & numerical data*
  • Australia
  • Developed Countries
  • Europe
  • Family Practice / organization & administration*
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / statistics & numerical data*
  • New Zealand
  • Practice Management, Medical / statistics & numerical data*