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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

SNOMED and NHS C4H Proposal for International Standards Development Organisation

SNOMED and NHS C4H Proposal for International Standards Development Organisation

Yesterday SNOMED® International, a Division of The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and NHS Connecting for Health, an Executive Agency of the Department of Health in England, announced a proposal to establish an international Standards Development Organization (SDO) to offer countries the opportunity to take a leading role in the development, ownership and maintenance of SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT).

SNOMED CT is a standardised healthcare terminology including comprehensive coverage of diseases, clinical findings, therapies, procedures and outcomes which provides the core general terminology for the electronic health record (EHR) and contains more than 357,000 concepts with unique meanings and formal logic-based definitions organised into hierarchies.

I wonder if an international approach will overcome some of the problems which have been encountered when trying to combine the UK's Clinical Terms V3 (ex Reed Codes) with the US SNOMED system, and whether this standard will truely emerge as the worldwide nomencleture of healthcare?

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