SNOMED CT is an international clinical terminology coding system used in Electronic Health Records to facilitate accurate recording and sharing of clinical and related health information with semantic interoperability. It was recommended by HIQA Report in 2014 that SNOMED CT be used in all future Electronic Health Records in Ireland, was endorsed by DOH in 2017, and the HSE established the Irish National Release Centre for SNOMED CT in 2019. Clinical Leadership is required for implementation of key technology enabled solutions for maintaining the COVID-19 response and facilitating a return to business in an integrated care environment. Where appropriate, solutions must have clear clinical leadership for the duration of the initiative from inception through to deployment and benefits realisation.
As part of the Irelands SNOMED CT Strategy 2020-2023, one of our aims is to Build Experts in SNOMED CT. Clinical education on SNOMED CT will ensure clinical engagement required for successful implementation of Electronic Health Records in the Health Service. At the moment there is a SNOMED CT course called SNOMED CT Foundation Course on HSeLAND and also accessible directly through SNOMED International website, Home (ihtsdotools.org) . This is a free online course as Ireland is a member country of SNOMED International.
The SNOMED CT Foundation Course is an online course provided by SNOMED International Academy. This course provides an introduction to a broad range of SNOMED CT related topics, including the why, what and how of SNOMED CT.
The course consists of three modules, each containing six online presentations and one online assessment. At the end of the course, there is an additional final online assessment. The course takes around thirty hours of study and should be completed within four months.
Introduction to SNOMED CT
Learning About SNOMED CT
SNOMED CT Benefits for Organizations
Why Clinical Terminology Matters
Introduction to SNOMED International
Exploring Content (includes 5 videos)
Introduction to Content Components
SNOMED CT Licensing
Release Files and Formats
Concept Model Introduction
Content Development Introduction
Introduction to Extensions
Reference Sets Introduction
Customizing SNOMED CT
Translation and Language Preferences
Introduction to Expressions
Introduction to Implementation
The SNOMED CT Foundation Course is a prerequisite for the more advanced SNOMED CT courses.
For more information on SNOMED CT, see the E-Health Irelands website: