The Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality is the representative of Spain for SNOMED International The Quality Agency of the National Health Service (NHS) is the responsible for undertaking initiatives aimed to develop SNOMED CT as the reference clinical terminology for the Electronic Health Record within the National Health System (EHRNHS).
The Electronic Health Record is widely spread in Spain but now it has become necessary to use standards to allow interoperability between the different systems in order to provide the citizens and professionals access to clinical information at any point.
From 2007, through the system called “Electronic Health Record within the National Health System", the first steps to make the more relevant clinical information interoperable have been made, specially for the information regarding the patient summary dataset.
From 2008 the work is directed to follow a new guideline: to provide to all the National Health System agents with the semantic services needed to reach the full interoperability of the Electronic Health Record.
One of the first goals defined through the semantic interoperability roadmap has been the adoption of SNOMED CT as the controlled clinical vocabulary to allow the automatic interpretation of the content transmitted between heterogeneous systems in an accurate way and in different languages.
As a SNOMED International Member, the Ministry of Health and Social Policy assumes the liability of the distribution of SNOMED CT within Spain and it will develop the national version, adapted to the specific needs of our National Health System.
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