Australia has access to and uses standardised pathology information structures and terminologies to optimise systems for recording, decision support, communication and analysis so as to improve healthcare for the individual; the population; and the healthcare system for its practitioners and payers.
The National Pathology Terminology and Information Standardisation Plan was developed and endorsed by NEHTA, Standards Australia IT-14-6-5, and the Pathology Associations Council, to develop standardised pathology terminology leading to limited terminology reference sets with guidelines for their use and a standard for units of measure to minimise the risks from variation in practice.
Standardised pathology information structures and terminologies allow improvement in the recording, decision support, communication and analysis of pathology. In particular the ability to provide semantic interoperability between computers enables assurance of fidelity of communication and computer aided support.
The RCPA initiated a national project with a phased approach to the project for standardising Pathology Information, Terminology and Units, the phased projects are:
The Australian Pathology Units and Terminology Standard and guidelines, and associated reference sets and information models.
Frequently Asked Questions for Australian Pathology Units and Terminology Standards.
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