The Royal Hobart Hospital Pilots an Implementation of SNOMED CT-AU

In collaboration with the Tasmanian Health Organisation South, Healthcare Software (HCS) has trialled an implementation of SNOMED CT-AU for clinical use in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The opportunity to enhance the uptake of discharge summaries within the operating theatre environment, and to document neurosurgical procedures was identified. There was also the requirement to be able to codify and categorise surgical activities. This led to the need for an appropriate terminology set.

Using Ontoserver, a terminology tool developed by the CSIRO to make the SNOMED CT-AU user interface more seamless for clinicians, the pilot went live at the beginning of 2014.

While some benefits have been immediate, such as the effective and efficient documentation of surgical outcomes, others will be realised over time. In particular, the capacity to review operations based on clearly coded descriptors will allow greater insight into the quality and safety of activities.

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering its future approach to the implementation of clinical terminologies across a range of patient pathways and vendor products. This approach will align to the broader national clinical terminology work program.


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