There is more energy than ever in rolling out SNOMED CT as the key information standard for an equitable New Zealand health and disability system that is data-driven and digitally-enabled.
SNOMED CT implementation is central to an interoperability roadmap supporting the New Zealand Health Strategy, Pae Ora Healthy Futures and Digital Health Strategic Framework, with their themes of equity, care closer to home, one team and value and high performance.
The focus over the next two years is primary and community care, where users are migrating their systems from Read Codes to SNOMED CT as they introduce new models of care and supporting software. Consumers are empowered through the much better information available to them in their use of patient portals, personal health apps and smart devices.
Government health and social agencies are working together to accelerate the move to SNOMED as part of a wider effort to provide citizens with digital public services. Impetus grows every day as health providers and their industry partners implement SNOMED CT in innovative clinical decision support and health care pathway solutions.
More information about SNOMED CT in New Zealand can be accessed here: www.health.govt.nz
Affiliated licenses can be obtained at https://mlds.ihtsdotools.org/#/landing/NZ
General Assembly: Alastair Kenworthy
Member Forum: Alastair Kenworthy (co-chair), Tracy Thompson