Paperless practices: a report from a research network

Krish Thiru, Simon de Lusignan, Nikki Shaw


The availability and use of clinical information and communication technologies vary markedly between practices.
  • Practices do not inevitably become paperless after a certain number of years of computerisation.
  • Most sampled practices wish to embrace information and communication technologies.
  • There is no set definition of a 'paperless' practice. Practices with varying degrees of computerisation define themselves as being paperless.
  • Understanding between clinicians and managers on the in-house use of paper notes and electronic data gathering can and should be improved.


computerisation; information and communication technology

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