The Ministry of Health is leading a 3-year project to establish a national EHR system which will integrate with health provider systems, patient portals and personal health apps to be the source of truth about medications, adverse reactions, problems, tests, events and care plans.

Besides enabling clinical decision support and care coordination, the EHR will allow people to tell their own health story. SNOMED CT will be used throughout as the standard for trusted, actionable health information.

Location: Wellington, New Zealand


In its first phase, EHR development will be centred on patient medications, adverse reactions and problems.

How SNOMED CT will be used

SNOMED CT will be used as the interface and reference terminology to capture and represent all clinical information within the EHR.

Why SNOMED CT was selected

SNOMED CT is endorsed in New Zealand as a standard for all clinical information systems and the EHR.

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