In this series of posts I am looking at SNOMED CT®. While looking at some of the clinical terminology I came across the descriptive terms for administrative data. Amongst these was a description of Death Certificate findings. We had seen (in posts below) that revisions of the International Classification of Diseases incorporated detailed instructions on recording such findings and this is possibly a significant area of overlap between SNOMED CT and ICD (particularly in terms of mortality data).
Other aspects of the administrative descriptors overlapped with the Z classifications in ICD and there is a distinction in SNOMED CT® between the outcomes of an intervention and the intervention or process itself. It will be interesting to see if the SNOMED CT and ICD-11 harmonisation leads to a reconciliation of the administrative descriptors for the two classification systems.
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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