SNOMED CT Vs. ICD-10, Why do we need both?

It is not just a random error that we use SNOMED CT and ICD-10 in health care. According to the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO), “SNOMED-CT [Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms] is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world”. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. This includes the analysis of the general health situation of population groups. It is used to monitor the incidence and prevalence of diseases and other health problems. SNOMED is the input and “physician friendly tool” for the huge Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. SNOMED allows the input of extremely detailed notes that means, physicians can input every reasonable data for every single patient into the electronic health record system. Now then, why do we need a low level system as ICD-10 to be the EHR’s system’s output? According to the “ICD-10 Watch” website, ICD-10 is suited for reporting purposes. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing. When it comes to reporting health information, it is important to be concise and clear. Thus, the reported information would be used to help the managers make clear decisions and researchers to come up with better treatments. Good article to read: (Why SNOMED cannot replace the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets)