The NHS has rightly said that having a standard terminology will make a real difference to the ability to analyse electronic health records and really get value out of their contents.
What is weird is that this enthusiasm for SNOMED coding of Electronic Health Records does not extend to NHS Health Policy Documents, Regulations, or Guideline documents.
Why are these not SNOMED coded -- this would:
This seems to be an area where leading by example would work wonders - and would deliver immediate benefits.
The rich semantics of SNOMED CT is ideally suited to such documents -- if SNOMED CT will add value to individual health records, how much more value will it add to health service organisations under constant organisational change in providing care plans for their populations.
By Charlie McCay
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