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How to code COVID-19 data using SNOMED CT: A guide for community review is now available

June 8, 2020

Since the date of issue, this information is now out of date and has been archived. It has been made available for reference.

As part of the global effort to manage and contain the COVID-19 public health emergency, SNOMED International is doing their part to support care teams and researchers in their efforts to address its containment. 

SNOMED International has published a set of coronavirus related concepts in its January 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition, with updated descriptions and SNOMED CT to ICD-10 maps in the interim March 2020 International Edition release

A new guide, COVID-19 Data Coding using SNOMED CT, has been developed with contributions from SNOMED International Members. This guide shows how SNOMED CT can be used to record, communicate and integrate clinical data related to COVID-19 for the purposes of healthcare service delivery, pandemic surveillance, international collaboration and retrospective data analysis. 

The guide provides practical examples of SNOMED CT subsets that can be used to code a variety of COVID-19 related data elements, such as symptoms, risk factors and test results.  A set of computable SNOMED CT subset artefacts also accompanies the guide.

Currently draft and available for Community Review, SNOMED International is seeking input from implementers globally to evolve and finalize the guide.  

Visit to review the guide, increase your knowledge of working with COVID-19 SNOMED CT content and offer your feedback. Submit feedback at or using the feedback buttons at the bottom of each page within the guide.

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