HISO 10048 Emergency Care Data Standard for public comment

Submissions close 5.00 pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Published online: 
27 April 2018

You are invited to review and comment on SNOMED reference sets for consistent recording of chief presenting complaint, diagnosis and procedure information in emergency care.

The Ministry of Health is moving towards improved recording of emergency department visits by district health boards. As a key part of this, we are introducing standard SNOMED CT reference sets for chief presenting complaint, diagnosis and procedure/investigation concepts in emergency care. 

As our clinical terminology standard, SNOMED enables advanced clinical decision support, interoperability, care coordination and analytics, with benefits for patients, clinicians and the health system.

Maps from SNOMED concepts to ICD-10-AM statistical classifications will be provided to ensure continuity of data collection.

We invite your comments and suggestions on the three reference sets before they are published. 

We acknowledge the work by emergency medicine specialists at Nelson-Marlborough DHB to develop the reference sets for chief presenting complaint and diagnosis used successfully in the Emergency Department at a Glance information system. The procedure/investigation reference set was also developed by New Zealand emergency care specialists. 

How to have your say

The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Please take time to review the reference sets in the attached spreadsheets and email your comments to standards@health.govt.nz.

You may also use our online Yammer group for emergency care data standards to comment on and discuss this work.

We aim to have an agreed release that will be made available to DHBs and their industry partners in a standard format via the SNOMED member licensing and distribution service.


We may publish submissions on the Ministry's website, unless you have asked us not to. If you are submitting as an individual, we will automatically remove your personal details and any identifiable information. You can chose to have your personal details withheld if your submission is requested under the Official Information Act.

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