With immediate effect, all participants of the medical informatics initiative and their cooperation partners can obtain a free SNOMED CT license. It represents an important step for medical research. Thanks to SNOMED CT, different terms in medical documentation can now be translated into an internationally uniform code. In this way, clinical data can be made comparable not only throughout Germany, but also internationally. This is an essential prerequisite for better research and treatment of diseases in the future.
Currently, this is still a “pilot phase”, which initially only allows MII sites to access SNOMED CT. For this purpose, the license fees are paid by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. However, the Federal Ministry of Health is also planning to extend this to the entire area of care in the near future.