ICD-11 and SNOMED CT Common Ontology: circulatory system

Jean Marie Rodrigues, Stefan Schulz, Alan Rector, Kent Spackman, Jane Millar, James Campbell, Bedirhan Ustün, Christopher G. Chute, Harold Solbrig, Vincenzo Della Mea, Kristina B rand Persson

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The improvement of semantic interoperability between data in electronic health records and aggregated data for health statistics requires efforts to carefully align the two domain terminologies ICD and SNOMED CT. Both represent a new generation of ontology-based terminologies and classifications. The proposed alignment of these two systems and, in consequence, the validity of their cross-utilisation, requires a specific resource, named Common Ontology. We present the ICD-11 SNOMED CT Common Ontology building process including: a) the principles proposed for aligning the two systems with the help of a common model of meaning, b) the design of this common ontology, and c) preliminary results of the application to the diseases of the circulatory system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1043-1047
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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