A grouping of one or more healthcare encounters, in which a subject of care receives health care services for one or more health problems or disorders from a healthcare provider.
- A healthcare episode may be part of another healthcare episode. For example, a healthcare episode may include several outpatient encounters and one or more inpatient episodes.
- This general definition applies to SNOMED International documentation but it should be interpreted taking account of more specific national or organizational definitions of healthcare episode. This is particularly important as these definitions may have specific legal or financial implications.