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Explore the Value of SNOMED CT

This interactive platform presents SNOMED CT stakeholder value propositions along with evidence that SNOMED CT adds measurable value to a broad range of primary and secondary health processes leveraging SNOMED CT encoded data to deliver improved patient outcomes. 

 

SNOMED CT is a best-in-class, core clinical reference terminology that is well-designed, comprehensive, serves multiple uses, is widely adopted, and enables improved patient outcomes

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Question

What is

SNOMED CT?

Understand SNOMED CT through the example of Viral Pneumonia

Answer

A core clinical reference terminology

Several names are given to systems of standardized terms or concepts, such as SNOMED CT.  It can be referred to as a terminology, a vocabulary, or a lexicon. These names are all synonymous.

 

The semantic network features of SNOMED CT are the same as what exists in ontologies.  SNOMED CT is a terminology built on an ontological foundation (i.e. it looks and acts like an ontology).

 

Ideally, controlled terminologies (vocabularies) should have twelve features, as outlined in the seminal article by Dr. James Cimino. SNOMED CT does in fact adhere to all the twelve features, some of which allow it to be differentiated from other classification systems. As a terminology, SNOMED CT is fit-for-purpose.

 

The European-wide ASSESS CT project, integrated a broad range of stakeholders, and investigated the fitness of the international clinical terminology SNOMED CT as a potential standard for EU-wide eHealth deployments. Assess CT deemed  SNOMED CT the best available core reference terminology for cross-border, national and regional eHealth deployments in Europe.

 

5 things that make SNOMED CT unique

 
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Core Reference Terminology

SNOMED CT is integrated to over 20 other clinical terminologies and classification systems.  It is the core reference terminology in the clinical terminology ecosystem.

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Where is SNOMED CT used?

SNOMED CT-embedded Clinical Information Systems, Health Data & Analytics Platforms, and/or Interoperability Solutions are used in the following ways

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Conducting trend & comparative analysis and health system value analysis.

Management Analytics

Conducting trend & comparative analysis and health system value analysis.

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Conducting trend & comparative analysis, pharmacovigilence and clinical audit.

Population
Analytics

Conducting trend & comparative analysis, pharmacovigilence and clinical audit.

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Creating historical summaries, doing point-of-care reporting and

using clinical

decision support.

Point of Care Analytics

Creating historical summaries, doing point-of-care reporting and

using clinical

decision support.

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Conducting clinical research, laboratory research and scientific research.

Conducting clinical research, laboratory research and scientific research.

Research

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The recording and integration of SNOMED CT in clinical information systems and health

data & analytics

platforms.

Data Entry and Integration

The recording & integration
of SNOMED CT in clinical information systems and health data &
analytics platforms.

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The electronic exchange of clinical data and documents among Care Providers along the continuum of care,
often using
interoperability
solutions.

The electronic exchange of clinical data and documents among Care Providers

along the continuum

of care, often using interoperability

solutions.

Clinical Information Sharing

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SNOMED CT Case Studies

A Demonstrated Case for Investment: Real World Use
 
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Veterans Health Administration: the cost benefit analysis of the SNOMED CT-embedded VistA system, as well as the benefits derived from the Veterans Health Information Exchange (VHIE).

Kaiser Permanente: the benefits derived from a SNOMED CT-embedded HealthConnect clinical information system and patient portal, as well as analytics and research

North York General Hospital: the benefits obtained from a SNOMED CT-embedded eCare clinical decision support system.

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Barts NHS Trust and the East London Health and Care Partnership: the benefits derived from a SNOMED CT-embedded Cerner clinical information system and a regional EHR and data & analytics platform.

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University of Cambridge Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: the benefits derived from a SNOMED CT-embedded eHospital clinical information system, patient portal and a health data & analytics platform.

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Northern Queensland Primary Health Network and the Mackay Hospital and Health Service: an economic evaluation of the Mackay SNOMED CT-embedded HealthPathways implementation.

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University of Nebraska Medical Centre:  the benefits obtained from the SNOMED CT-embedded i2B2 data warehouse and its use for clinical and translational research.

OHDSI: the SNOMED CT-embedded OMOP CDM, and the benefits obtained from research projects using the OHDSI research collaborative. 

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Honghu Public Health Surveillance (COVID-19): a description of the SNOMED-CT-embedded Honghu Hybrid System that supported policy makers and public health officials with COVID-19 surveillance and control.

AEHRC and CSIRO (Australia): a look into the current and future possibilities for SNOMED CT use in artificial intelligence.

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The Case for Investment identifies why a country invests resources to implement SNOMED CT.

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What value does a country or healthcare entity desire from a clinical terminology? 
What potential value does SNOMED CT provide to a specific country or a healthcare entity?

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What are the future opportunities for SNOMED CT?

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Why would a country or hospital entity invest resources to implement SNOMED CT?

Desired Value + Potential Value + Demonstrated Value + Future Value

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