The Application of Computer Technology in GP Surgeries is Beginning To Have Positive Effects on Chronic Disease Management
Posted Oct 30 2008 3:22pm
Denmark is one of a growing number of European countries where patients are receiving care benefits because their GPs use computers in their offices. Virtually all GP offices in Denmark are computerised and use Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
The major reason Danish doctors use computers is because of the communication benefits it brings them and their patients. They report a much-improved dialogue with hospitals (eg where they used to wait five days for test results, they
now receive them almost as soon as they come off the equipment). They are automatically notified when a patient is registered in the A&E department or admitted
to a hospital. Discharge summaries now arrive within one to three days when it used to take over four weeks due to the standards set by the counties and the communications capabilities of their national electronic network. The ability to use their data for their own clinical research and to support chronic disease management is another important benefit.
Almost all Danish GPs use their computers to electronically send and receive clinical messages such as discharge letters, lab requests and results, referrals, and prescriptions. Standardized messages have now been implemented in 50 different
computer systems, including 16 primary care systems, nine hospital systems, 12 laboratory systems and four pharmacy systems.