Blog from April, 2024

SNOMED International has announced a new collaboration with France-based company SYADEM that aims to deliver a comprehensive terminology system to health organizations, enabling them to accurately represent administered vaccines. SYADEM owns and manages the Unified Nomenclature of Vaccines (NUVA), a terminology used to capture, interpret, and process records of administered vaccines. 

SYADEM participates in the European Vaccination beyond COVID (EUVABECO) project, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the eU4Health program. By mid 2026, EUVABECO will deliver implementation plans for innovative vaccination practices to EU Member States. The plans will support the operationalization of several tools including a portable European Vaccination Card (EVC). NUVA is the intended code system for documenting administered vaccines in the EVC.

Through a five-year agreement, this collaboration aims to facilitate the creation of comprehensive vaccination histories for individuals over time, regardless of the original vaccine source and data format.

As part of the agreement, SNOMED CT and SYADEM will collaborate to integrate NUVA content as an extension in SNOMED International’s Community Content Area. Furthermore, they will define processes for ensuring content alignment and, where relevant, NUVA concepts will be included in the SNOMED CT International Edition.  

The collaboration will harmonize NUVA and SNOMED CT terminologies, offering users flexibility in code selection, facilitating smooth implementation. 

Read the full announcement.

We are pleased to advise that yesterday's April 2024 Open General Assembly Keynote by Monica Jones is now available on the main presentations post:

April 2024 Business Meeting - Keynotes and Community Updates

This year’s hybrid April Business Meetings are well underway, hosting 30+ keynote, governance, advisory, working, project and clinical reference groups, and welcoming more than 200 delegates onsite, from 27 countries.

Videos and Presentations

Opening Keynote (Monday, April 15)

Anthony Shek, PhD (Lead Data Scientist & NLP Engineer at Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London) delivered the April 2024 Business Meeting Keynote: 

'Bridging the Gap: Advancements in NLP and LLM for Clinical Integration with SNOMED CT'

(Video, Presentation)

SNOMED International & Community Updates (Monday, April 15)

Featuring updates from Products & Services, Collaborations, Vendor Engagement, and our LOINC and FHIR Projects
Plus a guest update from ISO TC215 (Global Report)

(Video, Presentation)

Open General Assembly Keynote (Tuesday, April 16)

Monica Jones (Chief Data Officer – University of Leeds & Associate Director – Health Data Research UK) delivered a special presentation at the April 2024 Open General Assembly:

'Utilising the Power of SNOMED CT to evidence the impact of the pandemic on cancer patients'

(Video, Presentation)

Looking ahead...

SNOMED CT in Europe conference

Be a part of the future of semantic interoperability in Europe at this special two day SNOMED CT in Europe conference, to be held from May 22-23, 2024 at the Pullman Brussels Centre Midi hotel in Belgium. 

Why attend?
If you are involved in clinical terminology policy and implementation in Europe then this is the event for you. In addition to hearing presentations from influential healthcare leaders, you will have the opportunity to network and discuss with colleagues from across Europe. SNOMED CT is the core topic of this event - it’s your chance to learn more about the latest projects at the European and national levels, as well as innovative ways countries are implementing and using SNOMED CT. Attendance is also possible online.

Register here

October 2024 conference

We really hope to see you in Seoul for the October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2024, from October 19-25, 2024.

Share your SNOMED CT experiences with our international community! Don’t forget to submit your abstract to be highlighted in the event’s concurrent program - the deadline for submissions is April 24th, 2024