Description

Standardize vocabulary by implementing a formal international terminology system for communicating microbiology related results across Ontario.

Location: Ontario, Canada


Scope

Revise the standardized microbiology terminology set for Ontario to enable sharing of microbiology reports using SNOMED CT. Submit terminology sets to Infoway to support the establishment of a pan-Canadian microbiology terminology set. Influence changes to SNOMED CT microorganism content.

How SNOMED CT will be used

SNOMED CT will be used to identify specific organisms and microbiology related results. The existing provincial microbiology code set will be replaced with SNOMED CT concepts through a planned implementation, including migration of existing implementations.

Why SNOMED CT was selected

Internationally and nationally accepted terminology coding standard supports interoperable EHR. Allows greater expression of concepts using hierarchies than the current provincial nomenclature system.

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