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The UK government's plan for a secure data service—Strengthening the international competitiveness of UK life sciences research—will transform the availability of linked electronic health records to support service provision, planning and research. In April 2012, the new Clinical Practice Research Datalink was established to provide linked national e-health records, facilitating large-scale, population-based research and service evaluation.
Such comprehensive data-linkages have been successfully established in other areas, notably in Western Australia, where a code of best practice …
Funding This study was supported by NIHR HTA.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.