Veterinary Medical Databases (VMDB) stores and retrieves medical records using SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT©). SNOMED CT© is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world.
SNOMED CT© contributes to the improvement of patient care by underpinning the development of Electronic Health Records that record clinical information in ways that enable meaning-based retrieval. This provides effective access to information required for decision support and consistent reporting and analysis. Patients benefit from the use of SNOMED CT© because it improves the recording of EHR information and facilitates better communication, leading to improvements in the quality of care.
Some uses of SNOMED CT© data include:
- Teaching and research
- Unusual case treatment information
- Caseload analysis
- Public health
- Disease monitoring and surveillance
- Transmission of disease via the food chain
- Marketing and Trends
SNOMED CT© improves communication by ensuring that health care professionals communicate effectively and consistently utilizing a standardized and unambiguous language.
The terminology is used internationally between veterinary and human medicine which supports the One Health Initiative. SNOMED CT© is sanctioned by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association).
SNOMED CT© is owned, maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). The IHTSDO is a not-for-profit association which is owned and governed by its national Members. In April 2014 twenty-seven countries were Members of IHTSDO.
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