New terminologies

New terminologies

The two new terminologies will serve as the foundation of the new Physician’s Manual. 

SNOMED CT will replace the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) for reporting diagnoses while Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) will replace the Canadian Classification Procedures (CCP) for reporting health service descriptions.


SNOMED CT is a comprehensive multilingual clinical reference terminology. 

Its purpose is to accurately represent clinical information to support the effective delivery of high quality healthcare. 

This terminology is well established and is continuously updated, unlike the currently used CCP or ICD-9. 

Reduced administrative burden

The use of SNOMED CT will reduce administrative burden by allowing current and appropriate information to be submitted. 

This consistency and accuracy will enable more effective review and analysis of health information to support health needs assessment, service planning, research, and audit.

What is CPT?

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is owned and copyrighted by the American Medical Association.  

The CPT describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services.  It is designed to communicate information among physicians, clinical staff, patients, accreditation organizations, and payers for administrative, financial, and analytical purposes. 

CPT is well maintained on a regular basis. The AMA’s Editorial Panel consults with over 90 medical specialty societies, other health care professional societies and other interested parties.

Feasibility assessment

Changing to new terminologies was found to be both technically and organizationally feasible.  The new terminologies will improve be reporting and billing processes.

Extensive reviews, research and discussions by the project team's expert advisors was supported by physicians. Considerations included both technical and organizational feasibility, as well as whether or not new terminologies would actually be an improvement over existing terminologies.