It's time: record linkage--the vision and the reality.

  title={It's time: record linkage--the vision and the reality.},
  author={Chris Kelman and Lucinda Smith},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand journal of public health},
  volume={24 1},
OBJECTIVE To examine reasons for the minimal use of Australian administrative health data for research and evaluation. METHOD Legislative, organisational, social and political barriers in Australia are described. RESULTS System changes are identified that would support the implementation of an evaluation-oriented health data collection system. A Universal Patient Identifier is essential. Leadership and funding at the federal level will be required to ensure the co-ordinated introduction of… CONTINUE READING