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Ehealth is one of the National Board of Health and Welfare’s responsibilities

In connection with the Swedish strategy for eHealth, the National Board of Health and Welfare is responsible for the development and management of the national information structure and the interdisciplinary terminology for health and social care, including SNOMED CT.

The aim of the Swedish national strategy for eHealth is to ensure efficient information supply in health and social care. The National Board of Health and Welfare will, within the strategy, assume overall national and strategic responsibility for making individually-based patient and user information clearer and more easily measurable and accessible. The work involves defining and describing the content of appropriate health and social care documentation.

The national information structure

The national information structure, NI, is a generic description of the health and social care process and the stakeholders’ information needs in this process. NI also describes how information should be structured so that it can be reused in different parts of the process, while its context is maintained.

The interdisciplinary terminology

The interdisciplinary terminology includes concepts and terms that have been agreed on a national basis and published in the Board’s terminology database, statistical classifications and coding systems that have been agreed on a national and international basis and the Swedish translation of the clinical terminology SNOMED CT.

The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare is also Sweden’s representative to the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation, IHTSDO. Read more about SNOMED CT on the website of IHTSDO.

Our material from the World of Health IT Conference, Wohit, 2011:


The national information structure:
Lotta Holm Sjöqren

The interdisciplinary terminology:
Lotti Barlow