GP visits rise with e-health access

Giving patients online access to their medical records significantly increases visits they make to doctors and EDs, as well as increasing their hospitalisation rates, a major study finds.

It is not clear whether increased visits improved overall health outcomes but the study — published in the Journal of the American Medical Association — raises questions as to whether Australia's billion-dollar personally controlled electronic health record system will trigger increased demand on health resources, including GP services.

Researchers tracked more than 80,000