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SNODENT Goes Global

June 18, 2012

The ADA’s Systemized Nomenclature of Dentistry will be incorporated into the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization’s SNOMED CT medical code set, thanks to a licensing agreement between the two groups.

The IHTSDO is the leading provider of standardized clinical terminology. By incorporating SNODENT—the ADA’s dental diagnostic codes—within the SNOMED CT International Release, it will be available for dental professionals around the world to use. SNODENT is a vocabulary designed for use in the electronic health records environment.

SNOMED-CT is a required terminology for use in certified Electronic Health Records Systems for the Medicaid and Medicare meaningful use incentive reimbursement program. This means that SNODENT will likely be named as the clinical terminology required for certification of electronic dental systems and for meaningful use attestation. Any dentist who uses electronic health records or who plans to in the future will want to be familiar with SNODENT as it is used within those records.

“The agreement will make SNODENT content more widely available for the ultimate benefit of patients and global health,” said Dr. William Calnon, ADA president. “Both parties have also committed to identify if there are ways of working more closely together to deliver further benefits.”

The agreement also calls for the establishment of an International Dentistry Specialty Interest Group to provide new and updated content to SNOMED CT Core; offer proposals of project groups to the IHTSDO’s Content Committee, which will oversee the Dentistry SIG, in development of the annual work plan; and work on opportunities to improve organizational efficiencies.

Dr. Calnon appointed Dr. Mark Jurkovich, member of the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs, to the Dentistry SIG.

“I’m delighted with this cooperation agreement,” said John van Beek, chair of the IHTSDO management board.

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