NZ to retire Read codes and replace with SNOMED by 2019
New Zealand's Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) is looking for feedback on the timetable for its plans to migrate from the Read codes used in primary care clinical information systems to the SNOMED clinical terminology standard.
Read codes have been used by GP desktop systems in New Zealand since the mid-1990s, having been adapted from the UK, where they were first developed by in the early 1980s by GP James Read.
They are being deprecated by the NHS as it transitions to SNOMED, with plans to have all primary care systems using SNOMED by the end of this year and the entire health system using it by April 2020.
New Zealand has also decided to follow this year, and has developed a provisional timetable for migrating from Read codes to SNOMED, including in GP practice management systems and for injury claims and medical certificates.
From next month, the plan is to begin work on developing SNOMED-enabled web services for injury claims and medical certificates. Electronic forms will be replaced by APIs, which will allow direct submission for the providers ready to use them.
From October next year, the new SNOMED-enabled services and APIs will be made available to all healthcare providers.
HISO has decided that Read codes will continue to be accepted alongside SNOMED for 15 months until January 2019, when they will be retired.
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