The development of primary care information technology in the United kingdom

J Ambul Care Manage. 2008 Jul-Sep;31(3):201-10. doi: 10.1097/01.JAC.0000324664.88131.d2.


Background: UK primary care is highly computerized; initially led by enthusiastic general practitioners who developed their own systems. This preceded the development of a National Health Service information strategy and an ambitious National Programme for IT.

Model: A 4-element model is proposed to explain the development of information technology: (1) individual clinician choice; (2) integration into the clinical task--usually an office visit; (3) technological developments; and (4) organizational factors.

Conclusion: All 4 elements of this model have been tilted in favor of the utilization of information technology; lessons from the United Kingdom may help other health systems looking to implement information technology systems in primary care.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Medical Informatics Applications*
  • Primary Health Care / history
  • Primary Health Care / trends*
  • State Medicine / history
  • State Medicine / trends*
  • United Kingdom