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Important Note

The Identifier File does not contain any data in the SNOMED CT International Release
The file structure is documented here only as a point of reference for others who may be using the files in an extension release.

This file provides a standardized way of associating alternative Identifiers from various schemes with SNOMED CT components.

At any point in time , an alternative Identifier within a particular scheme will be associated with one and only one SNOMED CT component. A SNOMED CT component may be associated with zero or more alternative Identifiers within a single scheme.

It is important to note that the SNOMED CT component and it's alternative Identifiers all identify precisely the same real-world object.

Note: The Identifier file is not currently used in the SNOMED CT International Release as use of the more flexible Simple map type references set structure is preferred for links to alternative codes. The only known current use of this file is for internal identification of components during the content development process.

Table 4.2.4-1: Identifier file - Detailed Specification


Field

Data type

Purpose

Part of Primary Key

identifierSchemeId

SCTID

Identifier of the concept enumeration value from the Metadata hierarchy that represents the scheme to which the Identifier value belongs. Set to a descendant of 900000000000453004 |Identifier scheme|within the metadata hierarchy.

NO

YES (Full/Snapshot)

alternateIdentifier

String

String representation of the alternative Identifier in its native scheme.

NO

YES (Full/Snapshot)

effectiveTime

Time

Specifies the inclusive date at which the alternative Identifier was associated with the SNOMED CT component.

YES

YES (Full)

Optional (Snapshot)

active

Boolean

Specifies whether the association was active or inactive from the point in time specified by the effectiveTime .

YES

NO

moduleId

SCTID

Identifies the source module that this association was created in. Set to a child of 900000000000443000 |Module|within the metadata hierarchy.

YES

NO

referencedComponentId

SCTID

Uniquely identifies the SNOMED CT component with which the alternative Identifier is associated.

NO

NO

Only one record with the same identifierSchemeId and alternateIdentifier fields will be current at any point in time. The current record will be the one with the most recent effectiveTime before or equal to the point in time under consideration.

If the active field of this record is false ('0'), then the association is inactive at that point in time. If the active field is true ('1'), then there is an identity at that point in time between the referencedComponentId (a SNOMED CT component) and the alternateIdentifier in the scheme identified by identifierSchemeId.


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