Embracing a Unified Language: The Incorporation of SNOMED CT in Austria

Effective communication is pivotal in healthcare. Austria has significantly advanced clinical communication by adopting SNOMED CT, a comprehensive global health terminology, facilitating precise clinical information exchange and analysis—essential for national health records like ELGA.

Since joining SNOMED International in December 2018, Austria now freely accesses this extensive terminology within its national infrastructure. This membership bestowed upon ELGA GmbH the role of SNOMED National Release Center (NRC) in Austria, highlighting the nation’s dedication to enhancing data utilization for treatment, automated decision support, and research.

Moreover, the implementation of SNOMED CT is a progressive step toward amplifying the efficiency and quality of Austria’s existing healthcare system. It’s not merely about data; it’s about leveraging data for improved healthcare outcomes.

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