Computerization of clinical practice in Hong Kong: A study of Chinese medicine practitioners

Moon Fai Chan*, Sonny H.M. Tse, Mary C. Day, T. F. Tong, Lorna Suen

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Primary objectives: To explore the current level of computerization in clinical practice in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region through a population-based, Chinese medicine practitioner (CMP). Methods and procedures: A self-completed, one-page two-sided, questionnaire were sent to the sample via mail, and a second mailing was sent to those who had not replied after 14 days. The sample consisted of 3335 listed CMPs registered with the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong in 2002. Main outcomes and results: We received 1036 questionnaires from this mailed survey. After deducting those who had moved (n=60), we calculated a response rate of 31.6%. Male respondents accounted for 81.8% (n=847) of replies, and 279 respondents (26.9%) had used computer in their practices. The present analyses provide evidence that CMPs' current overall level of knowledge and use of computers in clinical practice is far from optimal. At best, only about 6.5% and 8.4% of CMPs in the study sample had computerized 4-8 clinical and 3-6 administrative functions, respectively. Conclusions: In Hong Kong primary health care systems place much emphasis on quality outcomes and cost reduction. In order to achieve these goals, apparatus that allows greater accountability represents a means by which healthcare providers and policy makers can exercise greater control over healthcare services. Thus, implementation of computer systems in clinical practice can be seen as a prominent part of this overall philosophy. The present study has systematically documented the extent of clinical computer use in HK, identified areas for improvement, as well as specific groups of CMPs who might benefit from targeted efforts to promote computerization in practice for CMPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages15
JournalMedical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese medicine practitioner
  • Hong Kong
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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