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What can we salvage from

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3907
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief
  1. The BMJ
  1. fgodlee{at}

By now, if all had gone to plan, England would be reaping the early benefits of a national database of patients’ medical records spanning primary and secondary care. Patients would have the comfort of knowing that their records could soon be accessed wherever they were treated; the ability to monitor outcomes might already be suggesting better ways of doing things; and researchers might be starting to interrogate anonymised datasets to generate and test hypotheses.

But all did not go …

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