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As a consequence of the Danish IT Strategy for Healthcare 2003-2007, it was decided to use SNOMED CT as a reference terminology for communication across the Danish healthcare services. Denmark became a member of the IHTSDO and initiated a translation of all preferred terms in SNOMED CT in to Danish, to support standardized IT development in the Danish healthcare service.


  • Classifying content of the Epic Foundation system with SNOMED CT

  • Identification of/tag content elements in the Epic Foundation System to SNOMED CT concepts (like for clinical instructions)

  • Use tags for adjusting content between clinical practice and content of the Epic Foundation system, e.g. workflow navigation in the system Decision support, links to clinical instructions Document support, links to clinical instructions

How SNOMED CT will be used

SNOMED CT content is tagged with the following SNOMED CT concept types: This allows easy identification of content for review by SME experts/groups.

  • Diagnosis 

  • Procedure

  • Clinical

  • Process

  • Specialty

Why SNOMED CT will be used

  • SNOMED CT – An obvious reference terminology for classification

  • A prerequisite – That a translation of the Fully Specified Names in SNOMED CT is accessible, to make sure of semantic correct classification (translation done by the Danish National Board of Health 2004-2008)

  • Overall goals of implementing EPIC in Denmark

  • One patient – One record

  • Coherent data

  • Harmonization across hospitals and across regions

  • Secure portal for patients and their families

  • Patient empowerment

  • Customer implementation – Epic methodology


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