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David Markwell and Jon Zammit


Anyone with an interest in implementing SNOMED CT solutions, including clinicians, vendors and project managers.


SNOMED CT is used to represent clinical information in a coded form at a level of expressivity appropriate for clinical documentation. SNOMED CT also enables a wide range of additional uses, including clinical decision support, meaning-based retrieval, data analysis, clinical research and reporting. However, the potential value of the terminology is only realized when implemented within a well-designed clinical system, which takes advantage of SNOMED CT's key features.

This tutorial provides a high level roadmap for SNOMED CT implementation, from adoption to planning, specification, procurement, design, development, deployment, and use. Strategies to ensure successful implementation, and a range of additional implementation techniques will also be covered.


After attending this tutorial, the participant should be able to:

  • Summarize the phases of SNOMED CT implementation
  • Describe key stakeholders and explain their involvement in a SNOMED CT implementation
  • Summarize key strategies to ensure implementation success
  • Explain the importance of effective and efficient search capabilities
  • Describe techniques for entering data using SNOMED CT


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