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Letters Control of medical records

Time to think about a universal system, again?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6170
  1. Michelle Carey, foundation year 2 trainee1,
  2. Jaspal Phull, oncology fellow1
  1. 1Department of Urology, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK
  1. mcarey{at}

Records can be modernised in two ways.1 Firstly, existing records can be transferred into an electronic format that can be accessed by all healthcare providers, irrespective of location. Secondly, records can be carried by patients and transferred between healthcare providers. In general practice, written notes have …

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