MALT - Migrating to a SNOMED CT-AU procedure list

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Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

 

What is SNOMED CT and why was it chosen?

SNOMED CT is considered the internationally pre-eminent clinical terminology and has been implemented in over 50 countries. It has been endorsed by both the Australian and New Zealand governments.

Benefits of using SNOMED terminology:

  • clear descriptions of concepts and unambiguous terms
  • hierarchical nature allows for enhanced reporting capabilities
  • standardised terminology, regardless of specialty
  • allows data to be benchmarked internationally

RACS Reference set

SNOMED CT-AU (the Australian version of SNOMED) contains over 50,000 procedure terms, not all of which are relevant in the surgical setting.

The College collaborated with the CSIRO Australian eHealth Research Centre to develop a surgical subset for use within MALT. This reference set currently contains over 14,000 procedures and covers terms from all specialties

RACS is working with the CSIRO and the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to expand on the reference set according to surgeon feedback. If you can't find what you're looking for, just click on the 'Can't find your procedure?' option when creating a case in MALT to send a query to the MALT team.

How SNOMED CT-AU is used within MALT

The RACS reference set of SNOMED CT-AU terms will provide one list of procedures across all specialties. This means that surgeons will be able to enter any procedure, regardless of their specialty.

For those that need to report to a Board (Trainees, International Medical Graduates under assessment, and Fellows subspecialising), 'Board reporting terms' are given a priority in searches and are bolded to be easily found. You will be able to record non-bolded terms; however, be aware that they will not appear on any reports that are sent to the Board. There are other reports available within MALT that do include these terms, if you want to produce them for personal use.

Once you have access to the SNOMED CT-AU procedure list, you will also be able to access the new Peer Review Audit features of MALT that have been built around this list.

When will the SNOMED CT-AU list be available to me?

Specialties are being migrated across to SNOMED CT-AU throughout 2016.

See the list of specialties to determine when the SNOMED CT-AU list will become available to you.