This is an interesting article prepared by the American Medical Informatics Association describing the differences and lessons learned in a number of English speaking countries around the world in terms of Personal Health Records. It is also a good review of the status and approaches to date in each of these countries relating to Electronic Health Records and EMRs.
"In light of the more advanced pace of HIT adoption in other countries, there are lessons to be learned from abroad. This study describes the status of PHR adoption in four English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada, England, and New Zealand. The authors conclude that, in general, the differences between the U.S. health care system and those in the nations studied, preclude wholesale borrowing of ideas and approaches. Nevertheless, they identify areas of common focus and shared purpose, including recognition of the need to improve health care quality and safety, the need for robust information infrastructures, and the importance of designing patient-centric systems."
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