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Understanding the benefits of SNOMED CT will  will inform key decisions and the development of strategies for adoption, implementation and implementation and use of this clinical terminology.

What is this?

SNOMED CT supports the development of comprehensive high-quality clinical content in health records. It provides a standardized way to represent clinical phrases captured by the clinician and enables automatic interpretation of these. SNOMED CT is  is a clinically validated, semantically rich, controlled vocabulary that facilitates evolutionary growth in expressivity to meet emerging requirements.


Electronic Health Records

SNOMED CT based  based clinical information benefits individual patients and clinicians as well as populations and it supports evidence based care.
The use of an Electronic Health Record  (EHR) improves communication and increases the availability of relevant information. If clinical information is stored in ways that allow meaning-based retrieval, the benefits are greatly increased. The added benefits range from increased opportunities for real time decision support to more accurate retrospective reporting for research and management.


  • Enabling relevant clinical information to be recorded using consistent, common representations during a consultation.
  • Enabling guideline and decision support systems to check the record and provide real-time advice, for example, through clinical alerts.
  • Supporting the sharing of appropriate information with others involved in delivering care to a patient through data capture that allows understanding and interpretation of the information in a common way by all providers.
  • Allowing accurate and comprehensive searches that identify patients who require follow-up or changes of treatment based on revised guidelines.
  • Removing language barriers (


    enables multilingual use).

SNOMED CT Enabled Health Records Benefit Populations

SNOMED CT enabled  enabled clinical health records benefit populations by: