Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust decided to move to an electronic patient record system, replacing their PAS (patient administration system) system in the process. They worked closely with their chosen supplier to adapt the existing supplier product to utilise SNOMED CT throughout for both procedure and diagnosis recording.

There are now two case studies for Rotherham, the original and a retrospective after 5 years post implementation.

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Location: Rotherham, United Kingdom


Across all the hospital, all out-patient departments.

How SNOMED CT will be used

All diagnosis and procedures are captured by clinical staff as part of the patient encounter. These are then mapped to OPCS-4 (the UK procedure classification) for national reporting.

Why SNOMED CT was selected

This is the terminology adopted within the UK, but also it was felt this would enable them to have better information on the activity undertaken within out-patients. It was also planned to have efficiency gains in the production of national reports.

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