According to the latest "Observatory for Medical Information and Opinion" carried out in March 2000 by Ipsos Médias, among 1000 private general practitioners, practicing in France, 29 % of them curr...

According to the latest "Observatory for Medical Information and Opinion" carried out in March 2000 by Ipsos Médias, among 1000 private general practitioners, practicing in France, 29 % of them currently work in surgeries connected to the Social Health Network, compared with 21 % in September 1999 (+ 39 %) and just 9 % in February 1999. 85 % of medical surgeries own at least one computer, 51 % own several. 78 % are equipped with a CD-Rom drive, 70 % with a modem, 64 % with a sound card, 10 % a CD-Rom recorder and 8 % a DVD drive. 75 % have at least one printer. 41 % of the doctors questioned have an Internet subscription, compared with 26 % in February 1999 (+ 57 %) and 18 % in September 1998. 27 % of them connect to university sites (16 % in February 1999), 7 % of whom connect regularly, 23 % connect to medical associations or unions (14 % in February 1999), 26 % connect to medical press sites (13 % in February 1999) and 17 % connect to the sites of pharmaceutical laboratories (6 % in February 1999). In March 2000, 69 % of the doctors surveyed stated the medical press as their primary source of information regarding professional computing, ahead of colleagues / fiends’ advice (54 %), with the Internet in last place with just 6 %. (Christine Weissrock - Atelier Paribas 14/03/2000)