James D. Read

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Version 3 of the Read Codes was designed in response to a new set of requirements generated by three new terming initiatives in the UK, the Clinical Terms Project, the Professions Allied to Medicine Terms Project and the Nursing Terms Project. The challenge was to cope with the detail required by clinical specialists for maintaining a computerised record,(More)
There has been much confusion in the NHS in the UK as to the role of, and relationship between, the Read Codes, the ICD and OPCS-4, and HRGs. This paper describes the processes of "terming" (using the terms of the Read Codes), encoding (using the ICD and OPCS-), and grouping (using HRGs). The paper will illustrate how the three processes described are(More)
A cornerstone of the Information Management and Technology Strategy of the National Health Service's (NHS) Executive is fully operational, person-based clinical information systems, from which flow all of the data needed for direct and indirect care of patients by healthcare providers, and local and national management of the NHS. The currency of these data(More)
The creation of the Read Thesaurus was a unique undertaking, involving over 2000 clinicians. This clinically-led, multidisciplinary enterprise posed many organisational and professional challenges. The process of term collection and integration and the problems encountered are described. A brief account is given of the large task of maintenance and(More)
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