The NHS Executive in Scotland is to fund GPs' access to NHSnet, the health service's intranet.
To align with England and Wales, the Scottish Executive has agreed to pay call and line charges for GPs accessing the network. Charges have been blamed for the medical professional's reluctance to join the network.
The NHS Information Authority says 59% of general practices are connected to the network, or have validated orders to do so.
IT chief quits NHS
The civil servant responsible for implementing NHS IT policy is leaving the NHS to join a private company. Alasdair Liddell, director of planning at the NHS Executive, was responsible for implementing the 1998 Information for Health strategy. He is joining Impact, a company specialising in communications between the government and citizens.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said a replacement would be appointed in the summer, but there was no danger of the NHS IT strategy falling behind in the meantime.