Integration with SNOMED CT along with analysis reports for practice treatment

I’d like the Cliniko team to integrate the optional use of SNOMED CT along with the ability to then create treatment reports.

For those here who do not know about SNOMED CT, it is a database of standardised coded clinical terminology, used by health authorities and organisations worldwide, including a requirement for NHS electronic clinical records here in the UK.
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My three main reasons for this wish are, it will provide

  • reliable consistency of data input terms for conditions treated
  • with SNOMED CT’s input data and the Cliniko software, the ability to create reports; it will allow the creation of really powerful, very useful new reports, based on reliable consistency of standardised treatment data input.
  • more reliable communications between clinicians/practices/professions.

So, for example, practitioners could create a report for how many people we saw with condition a, b, c, to z and then, compare outcomes for each against different treatment plans. This is very significant, as it would allow us to:

  • analyse patient outcomes and compare these with given treatment plans
  • gain objective insight as to how we may best modify and improve our treatment results by analysing these reports
  • reliably determine the frequency of the various conditions patients are presenting with
  • easily fulfil the increasing data demands being requested by our professional governing bodies as part of our CPD (Continued Professional Development)
  • Ultimately and most importantly, it is a tool that can be used to greatly benefit our patients, by helping us provide evidence based targeted treatments

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Since SNOMED CT provide an API for vendors like Cliniko to use, I’d imagine implementation of this wish would be a very simple task for them if the demand is demonstrated here
AND as an added point of encouragement, the SNOMED CT database is totally FREE for Cliniko to use (SEE END OF THIS POST FOR MORE).

If any other readers of this post have any thoughts on SNOMED CT, please share here. Remember, Cliniko are more likely to eventually implement our wishes, only if replies demonstrate a demand.
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SNOMED CT LINKS:

NOTE: After clicking any of the above links, you may have to click back space arrow in your browser to return to this page/Cliniko’s website
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COST OF SNOMED CT LICENSE

The license is FREE for users, including for EMR vendors like yourselves. SNOMED international provides database updates which you will be able to download for FREE. Alternatively, they also provide an API to their hosted service which you would be able to connect to.

In countries like the UK, where the licence is FREE for users, it is free because license for usage in the country has been purchased by the national government, who clearly see the benefit of encouraging standardising terminologies across clinical practices and professions.

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Finally, in support of a recent conversation thread, (initiated by, Jem, on January 27, under Features Requests), asking Cliniko for responses to our New Features Requests, for them to give suggestions of some sort of development roadmap, however crude the timescales; I agree Cliniko’s feedback is important to make us feel we are being listened to, that we do have a genuine two way dialogue taking place with Cliniko and that we are not just wasting our times writing here. It’s not nice being left in limbo.
To end on a positive, Ramsey from Cliniko did respond, indicated that this dialogue from them will improve.

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I second this request.

Cliniko has served us well for the first 5 years of our clinic, but the lack of clinical features like SNOMED and prescriptions, and the slow pace it’s evolving in general, means we are looking at more fully featured EMR’s.