Goals and Objectives

The vision for the SNOMED CT Starter Guide is for it to be a practical and useful starting point from which anyone with a general interest in healthcare information can begin learning about SNOMED CT.

Target Audience

The target audience for this Starter Guide includes people from various disciplines who may be involved at any point in the SNOMED CT information management cycle – from initial planning, clinical content definition and implementation through to use of the resulting clinical information. This spans people involved with planning and deciding to proceed and resource a SNOMED CT implementation, people involved in reference set development, terminology management, technical implementation and all aspects of deployment and use. It also includes people involved in clinical information retrieval, analyses, decision support and other aspects of knowledge representation. The characteristics common to all members of the target audience are that they have a reason for wanting to understand SNOMED CT and are seeking a high-level initial overview of topics of which they need to be aware. The Starter Guide does not provide in depth knowledge but does provide an informative and authoritative foundation on which to build.


The topics covered in this SNOMED CT Starter Guide include:

For each topic the questions addressed include:

  • Why is this important?
  • What is this?

Supporting references are included in the final chapter of the guide.