Self-diagnosis via Google might be a major annoyance source for doctors, but it turns out that your GP isn't that keen on using a PC even when it's sitting on their own desk.
Karen Dearne at Australian IT reports that around 10% of GPs don't use computers even when they're installed within their practices, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. While that means the majority are making some use of PCs (the odds of your getting a handwritten prescription these days seem non-existent), an earlier 2006 study found that just one in five doctors used their PCs extensively, Dearne notes.
Whatever your doctor's level of technophobia, there are some steps you can take to get better medical service. Taking notes during a visit should score you a more attentive doctor, as will setting a clear agenda during the consultation.