SNOMED CT is the all-encompassing clinical terminology that is used around the world and as a standard for quality information in the New Zealand health and disability system.

What is SNOMED CT?

  • SNOMED CT is a comprehensive system of clinical terminology that comprises over 350,000 concepts and 1,200,000 terms in health and social care.
  • It combines human-readable descriptions and coded concepts in a poly-hierarchical structure that captures meaning through relationships.
  • SNOMED includes concepts for clinical findings, disorders, procedures, substances, medicines, devices and other concepts related to health and social care.
  • SNOMED is developed by a global team of clinicians, researchers and content authors.
  • Other international coding and classification systems are mapped to and integrated with SNOMED.

What is SNOMED CT used for?

  • Clinical documentation at point of care
  • Electronic health records
  • Consistent communication of personal health information
  • Real-time clinical decision support
  • Health pathways
  • Health data analytics.

How does SNOMED improve the use of information?

This article by Dr Charles Gutteridge at Barts Health NHS Trust explains some of the benefits of SNOMED: Speaking a common language: driving interoperability using SNOMED.

SNOMED is a standard for the health and disability system

SNOMED is required by the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) as a standard for the health and disability system.

HISO’s interoperability roadmap describes the importance of SNOMED to accelerate the shift to a fully interoperable digital health ecosystem.   

For more information on SNOMED CT visit SNOMED International.

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