A concept-based terminology that covers all features of healthcare is essential for the development of an Electronic Health Record (EHR). Since a significant percentage of the EHR can be drug related information, we decided to implement the controlled drug terminology provided by SNOMED CT to achieve the potential benefit to promote Patient Safety that a fully functional pharmacy system can offer. One of the expected advantages of our Project is to establish a bridge between reference terminology and the drug knowledge databases. There is also an economic advantage of implementing a “clinical drug product”, the one defined by the drug name, its strength and dose form, instead of the manufactured drug product. The Pharmacy economic management of stocks and response to the offers from the pharmaceutical companies is another expected asset of the Project. This Project is intended as well to give support to a more widespread objective of interoperability with the Primary Care systems.
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