We looked at accessing the SNOMED CT® terminology through the SNOMED CT® browser (see this post).
Certain terms and conditions need to be accepted in order to become a sub-licensee of the SNOMED CT® browser. Particularly relevant for writing these posts are two terms in the license. The first is that the browser is used to explore and evaluate the terminology. This fits with the purpose of these posts.
As a sub-licensee I have also agreed not to share the SNOMED CT® content. This does mean that rather than share the specific terminology, what I will do is describe the returned terminology. Without this description it is difficult to communicate about the use of this terminology.
Communication is essential at a time when this terminology has become an international standard. Clinicians benefit from clear examples and this is also needed when comparing classification systems (e.g. ICD-11). At a time where the terminology is being adopted across healthcare systems and is being used for reporting, efficient communication about the terminology and training is essential.
SNOMED CT® also promises something very significant for the future of medicine – an increasing descriptive clarity that will also facilitate research. This is why it is important to foster the conversation as early as possible but also to clarify the ‘rules’ of the conversation as effectively as possible.
Appendix A – Other Posts in the Series on Health Information Exchanges
Appendix B – Definition of Health Information Exchange
This is the definition of the Health Information Exchange that I use (Hersh et al, 2015)
‘Health information exchange (HIE), the electronic sharing of clinical information across the boundaries of health care organizations‘
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