Haven’t we heard this one before?

As many of you know, I am an occasional contributor to a British publication called E-Health Insider.

A story published today in EHI’s newsletter for primary care mentioned that a development board for electronic medical records in England is wrestling with what constitutes a “summary record” of patient information in a national database and a “local record” for a patient’s general practitioner.

Hmm, questions over what data elements to put into an EMR? Issues of data ownership and access? Apparently, turf battles and lack of standards in health IT are not a uniquely American problem.