The use of SNOMED CT for clinical terms in patient records will enable clinical data to be exchanged in an accurate, meaningful way; consistently across all care settings. Its use is mandated by the Department of Health and Social Care, and SNOMED CT is one of the key interoperability standards now required to be implemented. This will allow better patient care and improve how clinical data can be analysed and reported on.
Adoption of SNOMED CT has already illustrated a number of benefits to trusts; both in the cost and time to submit data to national datasets and improvements to services and patient care. Cases studies are available that illustrate the different uses and benefits that can be achieved.
SNOMED CT is an international clinical terminology. It will allow the UK to take part in more effective research and analysis of health information, to support national and global health care improvements.