SNODENT Value and Benefits
Making the Dental EHR Meaningful
As a clinical terminology designed for use with EHRs, SNODENT enables the capture, aggregation, and analysis of detailed oral health data. SNODENT is also an internationally recognized subset of SNOMED-CT; SNODENT codes are embedded in SNOMED-CT. To an observer, or an EHR, SNODENT and SNOMED codes look and behave exactly the same. In addition, SNOMED-CT is a named clinical terminology required as a certification criterion for EHRs used in connection with Stage 2 of the U.S. government’s HITECH Meaningful Use Incentives program. EHR systems that have certified under Meaning Use Stage 2 criteria can already support use of SNOMED-CT. SNOMED-CT is also an HL7-recognized terminology for use with HL7 Clinical Document templates, such as the Continuing Care Document.
Comprehensive Content for Data Recording, Retrieval and Reporting
SNODENT and SNO-DDS's granularity enables clinicians, academics, and researchers to record finely detailed oral health data in a semantically interoperable manner that, when used in combination with standard clinical documents such as those advanced by HL7, can transcend geography, platforms, and care settings. Many oral anatomical sites, oral health conditions, findings, and other clinical concepts unique to the concerns of dentistry may be found only within the SNODENT lexicon.
Delivering Benefits With SNODENT
Potential benefits of SNODENT adoption include:
- the possibility of better communication among dentists and other health care providers
- enhanced data collection to evaluate oral care outcomes and to address more complex issues
- better, more granular data for research to support evidence based practice
- enhancement of public health investigation and reporting; and,
- greater capability to measure adherence to standards of care
Terminologies need to reflect healthcare advances and introduction of new treatments. Timely releases of SNODENT (every six months) will help end users keep pace with any changes. The updates through each release may refine logical relationships between concepts, retire old concepts, or introduce new ones.
SNODENT releases coincide with the SNOMED CT releases in January and July respectively.