Kazakhstan's medical employees to switch to unified international language from 2019
Kazakhstan is the first state in the CIS that plans to fully implement the international system.
Kazakhstan becomes a full member of SNOMED International since January 2019 following the talks with the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation lasing for two years, a press service of the Ministry of Healthcare of Kazakhstan informed on its Facebook, BNews.kz reports.
As of today, 35 states use SNOMED, and Kazakhstan will be 36th. And it is noteworthy that Kazakhstan is the first country in the CIS planning to fully introduce SNOMED.
"Over many years, doctors write diagnoses and services provided to the patient in their medical records. By means of these records, medical workers familiarize with the current and past problems of the patient in a short time. The list's aim is clear, however, the methodology is not clear. Most doctors use abbreviations which are unclear for others in paper blanks. Also, the doctor can either forget to place the diagnosis's date or remove it. If the issue is not pressing when a person works with a person, then after the switch to paper-free work in medical organizations the issue will worsen. The information systems used should interact with each other, so they should read all records in the system clearly and in the same way," a report of the Ministry reads.
They in the Ministry of Healthcare note that the only way to reach such a same understanding between medical information systems is to use the common language, which is SNOMED-CT. Actually, SNOMED-CT ensures coherence in information exchange modalities and facilitates the arrangement of electronic medical records.
"The nomenclature limits different variations of records, thus one medical concept can be written only by one term, that have many synonyms. So SNOMED medical terms positively affect the interoperability of electronic medical records. This will also enable not only systems to understand themselves, but also doctors to correctly interpret information, as well as systems to understand doctors uplifting the quality of medical care," they said in the Ministry.