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In this series, I am evaluating the SNOMED CT® terminology. SNOMED CT® includes a classification of organisms based on the Linnaeus Taxonomy. Thus it is possible to code species according to their phylum and class. There are 183 species of fish which are coded.
I did a quick search of medline on fish which returned 236,399 papers. Not all of these papers were relevant to illness in humans. There were a number of papers which included Fish as an author or referenced Fluorescent in-situ Hybridisation (FISH). A large number of other papers were from biology journals. There were a few areas related to human illness – contact dermatitis and zoonotic infectious diseases.
I could see the potential for describing the pets or other animals associated with a person. As examples, decision support tools could be developed which would flag alerts if a person is unexpectedly admitted to hospital or where the differential diagnosis for a presentation is modified accordingly.
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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