Terminology DesiderataJJ Cimino
"Builders of medical informatics applications need controlled medical vocabularies to support their applications and it is to their advantage to use available standards. In order to do so, however, these standards need to address the requirements of their intended users."
Why is terminology so hard?AL Rector
"Despite years of work, no re-useable clinical terminology has yet been demonstrated in widespread use. This paper puts forward ten reasons why developing such terminologies is hard."


Your Master Problem List - Working FOR you or AGAINST you? [PPT Presentation]CVC - Kansas City 2016 (2016)JM Green
At the completion of this lecture, the attendee will be able to site one or more benefits to structure recording of diagnosis in a medical record, be able to recognize common problems with diagnosis lists in medical record systems and have an adequate understanding of how to begin implementing the AAHA Problem and Diagnostic Terms in their own system. (Also applies to AAEP PDT)
Your Master Problem List - Working FOR you or AGAINST you? [Written Notes]CVC - Kansas City 2016 (2016)JM Green
Core Table Structures in RF2 [PPT format]VTSL Journal Club (2013)Julie Green
This presentation introduces the core table structures in RF2 involved in using and displaying core and extension content in the browser. It also highlights changes from RF1 and aids in understanding the new mechanism for handling preferred designation of descriptions as well as how history is handled.
Enhancing the AAHA & AAEP Diagnostic SubsetsTalbot Symposium - AVMA Convention 2013 (2013)JR Wilcke
"This presentation describes the reasons for developing a new format for releasing the AAHA and AAEP Diagnostic Terms subsets of SNOMED, features of the new format, and information about its availability."
Core Table Structures in RF2 [PDF format] ()

Web Resources

LOINC online
Website for LOINC (
The Open Biological and Biomedical Ontologies (OBO) Foundry
"The OBO Foundry is a collaborative group that has established principles for good ontology development. This website contains information about the OBO Foundry, a list of ontologies to download, and additional resources pertaining to OBO ontologies."
UCUM online
Website for UCUM (
Uses of ontologies in veterinary medicine
This link contains a recording of a presentation given by Suzanne Santamaria on 12/19/2012 for the NCBO Webinar Series. The presentation explores some of these current and developing uses of ontologies in veterinary medicine as well as some areas where ontologies have a role in the future.