SNOMED CT and its place in health information management practice
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The Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terminology (SNOMED CT®) has been endorsed as an international standard reference terminology to facilitate e-health initiatives. SNOMED CT is developed and supported in an international collaborative effort through the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) and the member countries (approximately15) function as partnered National Release Centres1. Australia, through our National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) is a charter member, joining this international community early and dedicating resources to development and adoption strategies.2 There is an eagerness to drive the uptake of SNOMED CT in order to facilitate electronic health records (EHRs) and exchange of health information, to ensure patient safety and quality care delivery, to provide decision support functionality and to achieve health system efficiencies through interoperability.