Spain joined as a Member in April 2009 following a strategic decision to adopt SNOMED CT® within the Spanish National Health System (NHS) as reference clinical terminology for the National Health System´s Digital Health Records (HCDSNS Project).
The Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality is the representative of Spain for SNOMED International and, specifically, the General Subdirectorate of Health Information and Innovation within the General Direction of Public Health, Quality and Innovation is the responsible for undertaking initiatives aimed to develop SNOMED CT as the reference clinical terminology for the NHS.
The Electronic Health Record is widely spread in Spain but it has become necessary to use standards to allow semantic interoperability between the different systems in order to provide the citizens and professionals with access to relevant clinical information at any point.
One of the first goals defined through the semantic interoperability roadmap was 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, Social Affairs and Equality assumes the responsibility of the distribution of SNOMED CT within Spain and the development of the national version, adapted to the specific needs of our NHS.