A new report has found that despite GPs seeing huge potential in the digital healthcare revolution, the majority of them still believe that tech improvements are needed.
The report - dubbed Care Recoded, an in-depth analysis of GP preparedness in the digital age - polled 100 GPs across the UK and found that expectations of digital healthcare are high. However, with nearly 80% of GPs not having received any training, there is a clear pathway to help prepare GPs in “webside manner”.
LIVI, the online GP platform that launched in the UK a year ago, undertook the report, and also found that 99% of GPs are stressed by rushed consultations, and as many as 95% of GPs feel stressed by long working hours. 65% of GPs think video consultations would make it easier to work more flexibly and almost two-thirds (65%) of those aged 65+ would be willing to consult their GP over video link if available.
Despite these promising figures, only 1% of all current consultations are delivered via video link and 77% of GPs have not had any had any specific training on video consultations.
As a result of this, LIVI has developed training specifically designed to help GPs navigate and use video consultations. The company says that training includes etiquette for e-physical examinations (such as viewing a patient’s tonsils), to the correct use of webcams, as well as access to an online e-community of fellow digital doctors across Europe.
Juliet Bauer, managing director at LIVI, said: “We are on the brink of a healthcare revolution in the UK. What this research shows is the massive potential for digital to transform the delivery of primary care, benefiting patients, GPs and helping to reduce pressure on the wider system."
She added: “We look forward to continuing our work with the NHS - bringing our service to more areas of the UK and turning digital care into a reality for millions of patients.”
The doctors working through LIVI are GMC-registered, UK-trained GPs with years of experience in providing care. Its report surveyed a sample of 2,017 members of the UK public and 100 GPs.