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ASSESS CT - Assessing SNOMED CT for Large Scale eHealth Deployments in the EU

ASSESS CTASSESS CT will contribute to better semantic interoperability of eHealth services in Europe, in order to optimise care and to minimise harm in delivery of care. The ASSESS CT project, integrating a broad range of stakeholders, will investigate the fitness of the international clinical terminology SNOMED CT as a potential standard for EU-wide eHealth deployments. In a joint one-year effort, the ASSESS CT consortium will

  • will address this challenge by investigating a number of issues related to the current use of SNOMED CT such as concrete reasons for adoption/non adoption of SNOMED CT, lessons learned, success factors, type and purpose of use, multilingualism, cultural differences, strengths and weaknesses
  • review - using literature review, survey, interviews; focus groups and workshops - the current state of use of SNOMED CT and the fulfilment of semantic interoperability use cases, known technical and organisational drawbacks, and the way the terminology is improved and maintained.
  • employ established evaluation approaches from social science. It will scrutinise adoption against two alternative scenarios: to abstain from actions at the EU level, or to devise an EU-wide semantic interoperability framework alternative without SNOMED CT.
  • analyse the impact of SNOMED CT adoption from a socio-economic viewpoint, encompassing management, business, organisational, and governance aspects.

Validation of all working tasks, both political and domain-specific, will be secured through four large workshops with a list of distinguished experts assembled in an Expert Panel, Committee of MS Representatives, and national focus groups.




  Participant organisation name
University of Applied Science Niederrhein (Krefeld, Germany)
HL7 International Foundation (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
Medical University of Graz (Graz, Austria)
Averbis (Freiburg, Germany)
The European Institute for Health Records
empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH (Bonn, Germany)
Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Nictiz National IT Institute for Healthcare in the Netherlands (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Regione Lombardia, General Directorate for Health (Lombardia, Italy)
Aalborg University (Aalborg, Denmark)
Linköping University (Linköping, Sweden)
INSERM Laboratoire d'Informatique Médicale et d'Ingénerie des Connaissances en e-Santé (Limics, Paris, France)
The Croatian Health Insurance Fund (Zagreb, Croatia)
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (Helsinki, Finland)

ASSESS CT receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 643818.