As part of our commitment to getting information to you quickly during the pandemic, we’ve been asked to urgently share with you information about how to code cases of COVID-19 in your IT systems.
We’ve had a number of questions from Members and Fellows about this and so are sharing this guidance with you to assist. Please feel free to pass this on to relevant personnel.
Guidance endorsed by the College’s Informatics Committee
If your hospital has not already implemented a system of recording COVID and submitting it centrally as part of ECDS the recommended options are:
1240751000000100 - Disease caused by 2019-nCoV (novel coronavirus) [UK SNOMED code]
This data should be submitted as part of ECDS either as the normal diagnosis list (suspected / confirmed) and/or using the ECDS 'disease outbreak notification' field (this is limited to 20 characters so just submit the code).
Please note: some IT providers may not have made the disease outbreak notification field visible to users but it is part of the original ECDS specification from April 2017.
Read the full guidance from RCEM.