Discuss SNOMED CT in Canada.
In Febuary 2006, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Standards Steering Committee (SSC) decided to select for evaluation and piloting SNOMED CT in both English and French as the Canadian Standard for the Reference terminology of the pan-Canadian interoperable EHR (iEHR) for 27 priority Clinical Information Groups (CIGs).
- Infoway's goal to have an interoperable
- EHR in place and serving 50 per cent of the Canadian population by the end of
Standards are a key foundational element of the pan-Canadian iEHR. A common terminology standard for the interoperable EHR allows patient data across the clinical spectrum to be encoded with the same system, thus enabling electronic healthcare systems to understand one another's data - facilitating semantic interoperability.
Esentially, the adoption of SNOMED CT is being recommended for the iEHR because it captures clinical information at the level of detail needed by clinicians or the provision of care (the reference terminology level).
SNOMED CT is a controlled medical vocabulary.
Because SNOMED CT was developed to support the recording and retrieval of electronic clinical information, its use does not replace the need for classification systems.