At present, specialists are embedding eHealth solutions into their practices to varying degrees, driven by their operating environments and perceptions of relative benefits and barriers, as discussed in Section 6 below. Most private practitioners have adopted solutions that provide their practice with immediate operational benefits, e.g. time savings, reduction of storage space, and rapid access to information. The most commonly used solutions are those that enable users to view information that others have provided (e.g. pathology results). Many specialists also use solutions for information capture and storage, although the relative benefits and costs for these applications vary by specialty type. Solutions that involve information sharing are less common, as these are often the most challenging to implement and provide the fewest direct benefits to specialists.
The following section outlines current eHealth use by specialty segment and is organised as follows:
- Current and desired eHealth use
- Segment-specific eHealth use
- Future eHealth expectations