Systematized NOmenclature of MEDicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world. It is an internationally recognized terminology standard to capture, retrieve, aggregate and share relevant clinical information across health care settings and providers in a consistent, safe and reliable manner.
SNOMED CT International contains more than 300,000 active concepts with unique meanings, ranging from diagnoses and therapies, to medications, results and orders. Each concept is linked to multiple descriptions, which allows clinicians to express a clinical concept in a way they would prefer without losing the intended meaning. SNOMED CT is designed and maintained by SNOMED International to allow the International Edition to be enhanced by adding content that meets national requirements. Infoway is developing and maintaining a Canadian Extension which encompasses English and French components.
SNOMED CT CAS *
The following clinical information groups have been approved as CAS:
Note that Infoway has developed subsets that cover many of the above.
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* Status Definitions
Canadian Draft for Use (CDFU) - The standard has been developed but it may or may not be implemented or be in use. The standard is considered ready to be used by early adopters: however, change is probable as stakeholders begin using the standard in implementations.
Canadian Approved Standards (CAS) - The standard is in use for the purpose(s) or context(s) for which it was intended. Only those parts of the standard that have been implemented or are in use can progress for consideration as CAS. This decision point signifies that the standard has reached a level of stability and is comprehensive enough such that major changes are not expected.
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