The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and CMS have adopted SNOMED CT as one of the key vocabularies for Meaningful Use Stage 2, EHR certification, and health information exchange. SNOMED CT has been specified in the federal regulations published in September 2012 (see Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 171), in which it is recommended for documenting patient problems, encounter diagnosis, procedures, family health history, and smoking status.
SNOMED CT is recognized as the leading global clinical terminology. Its broad scope of coverage and rich semantic foundation support meaning-based retrieval of clinical information. SNOMED CT is only one part of the solution to the challenges of making effective use of clinical information. Therefore, IHTSDO cooperates with many organizations to optimize practical benefits and minimize duplication of effort.