Polling company ComRes has published a new survey of the attitudes of GPs regarding digital innovation for health.
Overall, 83% of GPs said they were not confident in the NHS’s ability to implement new IT services, and responses were equivocal on whether digital innovation could actually deliver improvement to primary care.
There was more support for the use of digital triaging services for GP practices, with 76% in favour and only 12% against. However there was division over implementation, with 42% in favour of a uniform national digital triage service, and 34% in favour of such services being chosen by an individual practice.
Of the GPs surveyed, 33% said their top priority for digital technology was reducing the number of in-person appointments required, while 25% said it was allowing patients to order repeat prescriptions.
With this in mind, the poll also revealed that 61% of GPs thought the new NHS App announced by DHSC would actually increase in-person appointments, with only 4% saying it would reduce them. In addition, only half of GPs had actually been aware of the App’s existence.