Hong Kong Private Doctors not ready for eHealth record, says a Survey

When it comes to ehealth record around 80% of private doctors in Hong Kong feel they lack IT know-how and relevant training. However, the same percentage of them also support the introduction of a territory wide e-health record platform, said eHealth Consortium. Established since 2005, eHealth Consortium is a non-profit organization in Hong Kong that advocates the development of eheath in the SAR and China. A survey was conducted by the consortium in mid-June this year. During the survey the questionnaires were mailed to respondents via the Hong Kong Medical Association and the Hong Kong Doctors Union. A total of 342 completed questionnaires were returned, told the consortium.

Co-chairman of eHealth Consortium utive Committee, Dr Wong Chun Por, told that survey findings told that the private doctors take a positive attitude towards computerization but face problems during technical implementation. Personal data privacy and security were other barriers that doctors indicated, along with the shortage of information on relevant computer software and products (each accounting for 73 %). The findings also show that nearly 90 % of private doctors see computerization as a way to help raise quality of patient care and the efficiency of clinic operation, said the consortium. Besides, more than 20 % of private doctors indicate a plan to purchase a computer system within a year, the consortium noted. The primary reason cited is to increase the overall operation efficiency (91 %); the secondary reasons are to boost the professional image of a clinic (84 %) and to refine the Hong Kong medical system (71 %). it was also shown that among the private clinics that had already installed computers more than 60 % doctors were willing to pay HK$2,000 or more for a clinical function or administrative software.

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