In the 2 August 2022 article for the Medical Republic, Dr. Margaret Faux discusses the international language of SNOMED and how it can make our data meaningful and precise without clinicians needing to change a thing.
Clinicians use different words to describe the same things that you see and do in clinical practice. This is usual clinician behaviour all over the world. But for the purposes of public health initiatives, codes are king, and to enable us to code well, it is enormously helpful if the words are in the right place.
“The sooner we prioritise adoption of international standards and leverage Australia’s huge investment in SNOMED-CT, the sooner we can set our health system on the right reform path. ” Dr. Margaret Faux
About the Author:
Dr Margaret Faux is a health system administrator, lawyer and registered nurse with a PhD in Medicare compliance, and is the CEO of AIMAC, which offers courses and explainers on legally correct Medicare billing.