Title: Mapping of IFCC-IUPAC laboratory coding system to SNOMED
(SNOMED CT - Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine
Chairman: Ulla Magdal
Forsum, Daniel Karlsson,
and Gunnar Nordin
Systematically relating all coded 'properties' in the IFCC-IUPAC
coding system for laboratory information to relevant concepts in SNOMED
CT clinical terminology.
In many countries a translation and adaptation of the SNOMED
CT clinical terminology is considered, planned, or initiated, for
use in national health IT systems and communications. The SNOMED CT
core terminology does not support all needs for laboratory information
in health care; specific laboratory terminologies exist to serve that
purpose. A mapping has been established between concepts in SNOMED
CT and the American LOINC laboratory coding system, enabling the laboratory
terms to be used in a SNOMED CT context.
The IFCC-IUPAC coding system is in actual or planned use as a laboratory
terminology in several countries. In order to integrate the use of
the system with national clinical terminologies based on SNOMED CT
a systematic mapping of relations between the two systems is needed.
The connection between LOINC codes and the SNOMED CT core terminology
is established via a table of relations. A similar set of relations
can be produced for IFCC-IUPAC codes.
Identifying related concepts in SNOMED CT for each IFCC-IUPAC code
may to a large extent be done in a structured manner based on defined
rules. The project entails
In order to ensure a close and specific mapping, cooperation with SNOMED
International should be established, enabling needed concepts to be
established in the SNOMED CT terminology in a planned manner.