In the US, when two institutions exchange health information, SNOMED-CT
is recommended for use, free of charge, because of the contract between the US government and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHT-SDO).
Fortunately, I'm not the only one suggesting that ICD-10 should be abandoned in favor of SNOMED-CT (or possibly ICD-11, depending on how that turns out).
Let's abandon ICD-10 and either wait a few months for ICD-11 or (better yet) use compositional SNOMED-CT instead.
According to the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), SNOMED-CT is the most comprehensive multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world.
SNOMED-CT has been identified by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) as the preferred terminology for Australia and is now freely available for use under NEHTA's licensing arrangements (NEHTA 2007b).
The Ward Round Information System (WRIS) has been designed to introduce SNOMED-CT concepts into the electronic clinical notes, thereby introducing the foundations for semantic interoperability, while exacting SNOMED-CT on an unwitting clinician population.
After analysing the progress notes, WRIS computes the SNOMED-CT codes in real-time, which the clinician then verifies.
As the process automates a previously manual task training needs have not been significant, with the bulk of training focused on the process of verification of SNOMED-CT terms.
The ICD-10 medical coding system facilitates more robust mapping from SNOMED-CT
in the EHR due to its granularity and use of current clinical terminology.
We are extremely pleased to be able to offer our customers the SNOMED-CT terminology as an addition to their existing Medical Conditions Master Database," said Ken Killion, CEO of Wolters Kluwer Health's Clinical Tools business unit.
SNOMED-CT is owned and maintained by SNOMED international, a division of the College of American Pathologists.
The SNOMED-CT mapping data will also be added to the Medi-Span's Drug Information Bridge (DIB) in the near future.