A desirable function of an NRC is to act as a resource and advisory body for Affiliates
In order to provide the most efficient support to national SNOMED CT users, the NRC should ensure that the available implementation and training resources are focused on the specific types of SNOMED CT users. The NRC must therefore have insight into the different aspects related to SNOMED CT implementation and use, know about the different types of SNOMED CT users, and understand the role and needs each of these groups of users with respect to SNOMED CT knowledge and skills.
Figure 7 illustrates three types of SNOMED CT users who have different needs with respect to learning about SNOMED CT. The knowledge required for users and professionals related to clinical data entry differ from the knowledge required for designers and developers. Moreover, users responsible for information management require more cross-disciplinary knowledge than healthcare professionals, being responsible for reconciling user needs, the terminological framework and system setup. Within the different types of SNOMED CT users there are various user roles, and the individuals in those user roles need to learn about SNOMED CT at various levels of detail and with different points of departure. These generic user types are intentionally broad. Individual Members may identify other user categories and subdivisions relevant to national circumstances taking account of different approaches to eHealth strategy and SNOMED CT implementation.
Figure 7 Three broad groups of SNOMED CT Users
Designers and developers
Educators and trainers
Clinical information entry
Decision support systems
Concept model designers
Clinical information curation
Retrieval and analysis
Clinical information utilization
Terminology artifact development
Subsets and constraint developers
Release process managers
A description and examples of the different user groups can be found below:
Users are those engaged in entry, storage, retrieval and/or reuse of clinical information.
Designers and Developers are those designing, developing, configuring or deploying software systems that use SNOMED CT. SNOMED International has developed a Vendor Guide to support vendors understanding SNOMED CT implementation: http://snomed.org/vendorintro.
TerminologyDevelopers are organizations developing and distributing content and other artifacts such as subsets, maps, etc.
Educators and trainers are those people involved with education and training of people involved with implementation and use of SNOMED CT.
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