International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO)

Root Definition

Provides vocabularies used by health providers to record clinical and related information in a standardised form. The main vocabulary is SNOMED CT.

Customers

National healthcare organisations.
Healthcare IT systems providers

Actors

Government bodies
National health informatics organisations

Transformations

Transforms clinical requirements into terms in a terminology

Weltenshauung

Clinical recording in electronic systems must be consistent and comparable, using common vocabularies, to enable effective recording of clinical findings and interventions, to enable research, to enable decision-support.

Owner

Jointly owned by national government agencies who co-fund the organisation.

Environment

Clinical care is rapidly developing
IT systems often have bespoke terminologies that are not consistent with the IHTSDO terminologies

Subsystems

None relevent

Contribution to the problem

SNOMED CT does not have an adequate set of terms to represent MBPs