Federal government releases SNOMED to ICD-10 map

By Carl Natale
10:15 AM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a preview version of a SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM map. The maps are designed to automatically generate ICD-10-CM codes from clinical data entered into electronic health records (EHRs).

[Get more information: SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM Map]

SNOMED-CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms) is the language designed to capture clinical information during a patient encounter for entry into an EHR.

This version maps 7,277 SNOMED-CT concepts. The full version with about 15,000 concepts is scheduled for release in June. After that, the maps will be updated to keep up with changes in each language.

The NLM, part of the National Institutes for Health, is  responsible for clinical map development and distribution.

Sue Bowman has an excellent white paper explaining how SNOMED to ICD-10 mappings should work. Written in 2005 for AHIMA, it lays out the logic and need for the mappings.

Carl Natale blogs regularly at ICD10Watch.com.