Recommending SNOMED CT as the “heart” of the terminology ecosystem, is a great step forward for semantic interoperability. Yet, one informatics lead I met with referred to it as a “holy grail”. To find it, we have to change the way we work together. To do that we have to change the way we think.
Last year I was privileged to meet with informatics teams at seven influential EMR software vendors. Part of the agenda was to explore the challenges they face when using SNOMED CT. You know the refrain: SNOMED is “too big, too complex, too difficult, too costly” and there is “no incentive to implement it”. As part of a renewed focus on overcoming “barriers to adoption”, I wanted to gauge whether these issues persisted, or whether the situation had changed.