SNOMED CT is the information standard for clinical terminology; it is an international standard published by SNOMED International providing a global common language for health terms.
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Deprecated standards are older versions of a standard which are being phased out.
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- Standard type
- Data definitions and terminologies
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.
Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.
Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.
Information codes of practice are legal or best practice guidelines on how information should be handled.
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Topics and care settings
- Clinical decision support
- Key care information
- Reference data
- Tests and diagnostics
- Care setting
- Community health
- Mental health
- GP / Primary care
- Urgent and Emergency Care
Dependencies and related standards
NHS Digital SNOMED CT Browser - this online browser contains the SNOMED CT International release, the UK Clinical Extension, the UK Drug Extension, and the UK Pathology Extension.
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Assurance and endorsements
- Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
- Quality assurance
This standard has been approved by the Standardisation committee for care information (legacy) and published as an information standard notice (ISN).
Page last updated: 22 November 2022