SNOMED CT® (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine — Clinical Terms), is a systematically organized computer processable collection of medical terminology covering most areas of clinical information such as diseases, findings, procedures, microorganisms, pharmaceuticals etc. It allows a consistent way to index, store, retrieve, and aggregate clinical data across specialties and sites of care. It also helps organizing the content of medical records, reducing the variability in the way data is captured, encoded and used for clinical care of patients and research.

Clinicians and organizations use different clinical terms that mean the same thing. For example, the terms heart attack, myocardial infarction, and MI may mean the same thing to a cardiologist, but, to a computer, they are all different. There is a need to exchange clinical information consistently between different health care providers, care settings, researchers and others (semantic interoperability),and because medical information is recorded differently from place to place (on paper or electronically), a comprehensive, unified medical terminology system is needed as part of the information infrastructure. SNOMED CT also allows multilingual support and automatic translation of medical terms. That’s why the MEDTING content is based and structured with SNOMED CT.

Images, videos and clinical cases organized under a SNOMED CT terminology are a really powerful tool for clinical collaboration. This will allow users to search Cases quickly by typing a term that relates to the Case.

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