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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
A Literature Review of 40 years of SNOMED
Arizona Statewide Health Information Exchange
A History of The Health Information Exchange in Pennsylvania
The Arkansas Health Information Exchange – SHARE
The California Health Information Exchange – Cal Index
Creating a Health Information Exchange in Arizona
Health Information Exchanges
Health Information Exchanges and Chronic Conditions
HIPPA and Health Information Exchanges
ICD-11 and SNOMED CT®
Physical Objects in SNOMED CT®
ICD-1 – Well…near enough
Körner Data and SNOMED: A Snapshot from 1988
Mapping ICD 9 (or 10) to SNOMED CT®
Over 1 Million Relationships: SNOMED CT ®
SNOMED CT® International Browser
SNOMED CT® Utilises the Brodmann Area Classification for Brain Regions
The Insular Cortex and SNOMED CT®
Administrative Statuses in SNOMED CT®
Environment Descriptors in SNOMED CT®
Event Descriptors in SNOMED CT®
Generic Specifiers in SNOMED CT®
Physical Forces in SNOMED CT®
What’s a Kinkajou got to do with 21st Century Medical Terminology?
Standardisation of Health Information Technology in New Zealand
Statisticians were Responsible for the Development of an International Classification of Diseases
Why Do We Need Electronic Record Systems to Talk to Each Other
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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