in brief The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) today launched the first release of SNOMED CT-AU, a collection of clinical terminology which has been adjusted for Australians.
SNOMED CT (Systematised Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms) records and interprets the terms used in hospitals and clinics. It gives healthcare providers and developers of e-health applications a common language, which ensures consistency in clinical communications. The Australian release takes relevant components from the international release and adds a list of Australian descriptions and NEHTA specific reference sets.
NEHTA said that such terminology could prevent medical problems which happen because of poor communication between healthcare workers.
The next release, which will include newly developed terminology, will be available in May 2010. Subsequent releases will be available every six months.