Speaking a common language: driving interoperability using SNOMED CT

Speaking a common language: driving interoperability using SNOMED CT

Posted Sep 16, 2021 from

  • In this edition of our Cerner blog, Charles Gutteridge, CCIO at Barts Health NHS Trust, shares how staff across the organisation are using a standard terminology to communicate with one another and to document patient information within their Cerner Millennium® electronic health record (EHR).
  • This aligns with the industry’s push towards full interoperability, besides supporting more efficient delivery of care, improving research capabilities across the system, and moving the Trust forward in their digital excellence journey.
  • This will immediately have an impact on both the patient and clinician experience.
  • Crucially, as we think more about the data we want to collect and the things we want to be able to do with that data, such as identifying cohorts of patients, creating an index of those patients and building registries that we can then apply analytics to, having structured data becomes fundamental – and making sure the right systems are in place to support these standards is the critical first step.
  • We now have an automated system of reporting based on SNOMED terms, which pulls in data directly from every patient’s laboratory results.
  • Looking ahead, colleagues at Barts have started putting SNOMED CT to work in COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), another priority area for our Trust.

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