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The primary purpose of reliable and reproducible representation of clinical information using SNOMED CT is to support effective delivery of high quality healthcare. SNOMED CT will contribute to direct improvements in the quality of care by enabling improvements in the reliability and reproducibility of clinical information presented to clinicians and accessible by decision support tools. Use of SNOMED CT will also enable more effective review and analysis of health information to support research, audit, health needs assessment and service planning. Use of SNOMED CT will reduce the administrative burden by allowing appropriate information to be reused for statistical and administrative purposes.