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LONDON, NOV 30, 2022  -- Roughly one year ago, SNOMED International declared its intention to extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone terminology in support of the International Patient Summary (IPS) for non-SNOMED International Members.


The organization has now issued the first production release of SNOMED International’s IPS Terminology that adds the hierarchy, defining relationships and extra synonyms from the SNOMED CT International Edition to form a sub-ontology of SNOMED CT that can be loaded into a terminology server for the specified scope of the IPS.


Throughout 2022, SNOMED International has been configuring its approach to making the IPS Terminology a tangible artifact in its lineup of products and services. First released in its beta version in April 2022 for focused stakeholder testing and feedback, the IPS Terminology is accompanied by a User Guide to support implementers in non- Member regions to understand the features, capabilities and limitations of the IPS Terminology package. Providing an overview of the IPS Terminology's scope and features, the Guide also provides IPS Terminology use cases as well as direction on how to implement the IPS Terminology in a terminology server, and how to upgrade to a full SNOMED CT edition if additional terminology content is required.


Read the full announcement and submit all inquiries to info@snomed.org

SNOMED International and the International Diet Dysphagia Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) have signed an agreement to incorporate IDDSI Framework v2.0 content into SNOMED CT to enable use in electronic health records globally.

In effect since mid-September 2022, the agreement has been driven by community requests as well as by the need identified by the SNOMED International Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT) Clinical Project Group to include IDDSI Framework v2.0 content in order to facilitate the inclusion of NCPT in SNOMED CT. 

Both organizations will develop a communications plan to ensure stakeholders are kept up-to-date as the work progresses. 

Read the full announcement and contact info@snomed.org with inquiries. 

Hi All, 

It was great to see everyone onsite and online at last week's September Business Meetings.  

For those that didn't have a chance to join, you can find presentations and recordings here.

Enjoy!

September 14, 2022

SNOMED International and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) have signed a five-year agreement that will contribute to global improvements in care and services for people with epilepsy, a group of disorders characterized by recurrent seizures.
 
The ILAE Commission for Big Data and SNOMED International have established an Epilepsy Clinical Project Group. Members of this group will work together to define processes to maintain and update epilepsy content within the international edition of SNOMED CT’s clinical terminology, the world’s most comprehensive healthcare terminology product...

Read the full announcement here and contact info@snomed.org with question.

August 25, 2022


The Western Cape Government is the first regional member on the African continent to adopt the use of SNOMED CT, the most comprehensive global clinical terminology. Adoption of SNOMED CT in Western Cape will enable health information exchange between the region’s participating medical institutions, in addition to satisfying requirements of the 2014 National Health Normative Standards Framework.
 
The Western Cape is the third largest populated province in South Africa after Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, with a population of approximately 7 million. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability of the Western Cape Department of Health was a major game changer in the fight against COVID-19. The ICT-related lessons from the last three years will be leveraged to do business differently, including improving access to care beyond the walls of our health facilities, and to address the quadruple burden of disease...

Read the full announcement and contact info@snomed.org with inquiries.

Last year, SNOMED International announced it would transition to more frequent releases of the SNOMED CT International Edition rather than just twice a year. Since January 2022, the organization has released the clinical terminology at the end of each month.
 
Consuming the release on a monthly basis is not required, however, as Members can continue on a biannual schedule if they so choose – there are numerous benefits to being able to access SNOMED CT more frequently. Frequent releases support better interoperability, as organizations and entities can now consume release content that is more aligned with other organizations, for example. As well, it makes it easier to complete smaller projects...

Read about the SNOMED CT highlights made available with frequent releases in the first half of 2022

Questions? Contact releases@snomed.org  

 

By Dr. James Case

July 29, 2022

At the last April 2022 business meetings, SNOMED International staff, along with its governance bodies and community of practice, gathered in London to learn about the latest SNOMED CT and SNOMED International advances. 

One of the topics of particular interest to many in the audience (and beyond) focused on the organization’s efforts over the past year to engage and support those who would like to contribute content to SNOMED CT. As SNOMED CT evolves and matures, and as the organization works to become more agile and responsive to community needs, it has taken a number of big steps over the past year in the delivery and development of its products. That includes making the SNOMED CT International Edition available on a monthly basis (frequent releases) and making it easier for users to contribute to it. 

The linked Q&A with Dr. James Case, SNOMED International’s Chief Terminologist, explores these initiatives and their impact on SNOMED CT and its user community...

Read the full blog

July 6, 2022

London, United Kingdom and Chicago, Illinois

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and SNOMED International have entered into a licensing agreement to include agreed upon American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) references in SNOMED CT. The AJCC is administered by the Chicago-based American College of Surgeons.
 
The focus of the agreement enables SNOMED International to include updated AJCC staging concepts critical to understanding cancer and treating patients, while eliminating outdated AJCC content no longer relevant to clinical care within SNOMED CT.
 
The ACS is dedicated to improving the quality of care of surgical patients, including cancer patients requiring surgery, safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment, and setting the standard for surgical care in the United States. Evidence-based anatomic staging is the critical factor to understanding cancer and treating patients and new breakthroughs are opening up ever-more promising possibilities for precisely defining a prognosis and recommending a treatment based on a patient's individual data. The AJCC has developed and compiled cancer staging references for quickly finding important information about different types of cancers. These references and tools are excellent resources for those treating patients with cancer...

Read the full announcement

Contact info@snomed.org with questions



SNOMED International is very pleased to announce that registration for the September 2022 Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2022 is now open, for both onsite and online participation.


WHAT'S ON:
Click here to view the confirmed Business Meeting schedule.

Click here to view and download the current Expo program. 


REGISTRATION:
Please click here to register -  either via the Onsite link if you will be in Lisbon for the Business Meetings and/or Expo, or the Online one for virtual Expo attendance. 

Note: Pre-registration for online attendance at the Business Meetings is not required - Zoom links for all open sessions will be added to our "What's on this Week" calendar,  as they were in April. 

Early-bird rates for the Expo are available until July 29th. 


ACCOMMODATION:
The in-person conference will be held from from September 24th-30th, 2022 at the Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel and National Monument. If you are planning on staying at the conference hotel we recommend that you book early.  Please see snomed.org for full details. 


WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

  1. Collaborate and contribute at the Business Meetings with our active Community of Practice 
  2. The Expo the only event of its kind focused entirely on the use and evolution of SNOMED CT. Ever. Anywhere.
  3. You'll be in great company, with hundreds of clinical terminology enthusiasts, health IT professionals, clinicians, researchers, academics, vendors, and government officials.
  4. There's truly something for everyone in two jam-packed days of Expo programming and educational events, including four streams featuring 60+ concurrent sessions and ePosters. 


QUESTIONS?
Please reach out to the SNOMED Events team (events@snomed.org) and we will be happy to assist.

We hope to see you in September - either in Lisbon or online.



THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS!


SNOMED International recently updated its SNOMED CT Foundation course, providing an introduction to a broad range of SNOMED CT related topics, including the why, what and how of SNOMED CT.

The re-launched Foundation course provides focused, introductory and interactive SNOMED CT curriculum, making it easier to engage and learn about SNOMED CT. For those wishing to continue their SNOMED CT education, the SNOMED CT Foundation course is a prerequisite for more advanced SNOMED CT courses.


Learn more about the re-launched SNOMED CT Foundation course


Questions? Contact elearning@snomed.org

The time has come for the SNOMED International community of practice to submit nominations to support this year's SNOMED International awards process.

SNOMED International acknowledges individual contributions to the organization and community through 2 awards:

  • The Award for Excellence (given annually), and
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded periodically)

As we return to formally recognizing excellence among the SNOMED International Community at September's planned Gala, the organization will consider granting multiple awards to multiple recipients this year. 

In 2019, the Award for Excellence was awarded to Mark Jurkovich, and both Lies van Gennip and Stewart Jessamine were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Your Challenge?

  • Think about someone who is worthy; Someone deserving, and someone who should be honored at the SNOMED International Gala in Lisbon this September.
  • Note: An employee of SNOMED International is eligible to nominate someone so long as they find someone from the Community of Practice to serve as a co-nominator.

Please reference the awards policies and forms linked on this post or visit the Awards Page for more information.  Nominations are requested by June 30 2022.

Contact fcs@snomed.org for more information. 

SNOMED International has a number of voluntary Advisory Groups designed to provide expert advice on the development and implementation of its products and services. See IHTSDO Advisory Group Manual Home for information on each of the groups.


At this time, SNOMED International is seeking volunteers to serve on the following Advisory Groups: 

    • Editorial (EAG)
    • Modeling (MAG)

How do I apply for a position on a SNOMED International Advisory Group?


Selection Process
Anyone can apply. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Thursday, 30 June 2022 Applications will be reviewed by the AG Chairs and their recommendations will be put forward to the CEO for final approval. All candidates will be notified of the results by email in July. 


Application Checklist
Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to governance@snomed.org:

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest and self-assessment of relevant skills per the applicable skills matrix (see document below)
  2. Your CV (resume)


Please contact governance@snomed.org with questions, or for additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process.

The Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) community and SNOMED International have formalized their long-time relationship with a five-year collaborative agreement that will benefit both of their user communities.
 
OHDSI is a non-profit, global research collaborative that provides open-source solutions and products to enable analysis and sharing of health and observational data. Coordinated by the Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics, its mission is to improve health by empowering a community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care.

SNOMED CT is a core terminology within OHDSI's common data model: Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP), allowing the use of other terminologies and classifications through computable linkages.
 
Effective April 29, 2022, the collaboration provides OHDSI and its user community with comprehensive ontologies on specific healthcare domains and content such as devices, social determinants of health, disease severity scores and modifiers of cancers, as well as better concept definitions and resolutions of composite concepts in large-scale observational research. In return, OHDSI and its user community can provide SNOMED International with information and feedback on clinical validation, frequency of use data, and validation of SNOMED CT content modeling. Ultimately, continuous feedback shared regarding identified content gaps will benefit both user communities as we move forward together...


Read the full announcement and please contact info@snomed.org with any questions.

SNOMED International has a number of voluntary Advisory Groups designed to provide expert advice on the development and implementation of its products and services. See IHTSDO Advisory Group Manual Home for information on each of the groups.


At this time, SNOMED International is seeking volunteers to serve on the following Advisory Groups: 

    • Editorial (EAG)
    • Modeling (MAG)

How do I apply for a position on a SNOMED International Advisory Group?


Selection Process
Anyone can apply. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Thursday, 30 June 2022 Applications will be reviewed by the AG Chairs and their recommendations will be put forward to the CEO for final approval. All candidates will be notified of the results by email in July. 


Application Checklist
Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to governance@snomed.org:

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest and self-assessment of relevant skills per the applicable skills matrix (see document below)
  2. Your CV (resume)


Please contact governance@snomed.org with questions, or for additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process.

SNOMED International is pleased to announce the release of the organization’s 2021 Annual Report. Titled A collaborative approach to deliver global interoperability, it reflects our efforts and achievements as we continue to work toward realizing our 2020-2025 Strategy. And while the report focuses on the breadth of SNOMED International’s 2021 activities, it also highlights the growing quantity and quality of our many collaborations and their contribution to SNOMED CT.

Highlights of the Report include:

  • Message from the General Assembly Chair, Management Board Chair and CEO
  • 2021 strategy update
  • Our Members and highlighted Member success stories
  • Product & Services highlights including frequent releases, community content, and concrete domains
  • The organization's content enhancements & collaborations
  • SNOMED CT case for investment
  • A report on global stakeholder engagement activities
  • Our innovation activities
  • Enabling success through corporate functions 
  • Meet our governance representatives

Read and share the full landscape of what SNOMED International and its Members and stakeholders delivered in 2021 at www.snomed.org.