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The SNOMED International 2023 Annual Report is now available.

In addition to reporting on the organization’s financial performance, the document provides a comprehensive overview of the organization’s pursuits and achievements over the past year.

It includes updates on the organization’s regular activities, such as ongoing maintenance and development of SNOMED CT and its ecosystem of related products and services, as well as on new partnerships and initiatives that expand the reach, utility and value of the clinical terminology.

Titled “Advancing the Global Language of Healthcare,” the report details the 2023 year-end status of the organization’s five-year strategy and describes how delivering on our 2023 targets has laid the groundwork for the next five-year strategy. Exploration and adoption of artificial intelligence and advanced technologies, broadening our innovative collaborations, and growing SNOMED CT use in digitally maturing regions are a few areas of focus as we define the organization’s priorities to 2030.

Read the news release here.

SNOMED International has announced the release and inclusion of the Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT) Nutrition Reference Set in the April 2024 International Edition of SNOMED CT. This release, which is the result of a 2021 collaboration between SNOMED International and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), enables dietitians to systematically report their nutrition practice outcomes — resulting in high-quality nutrition care using a standardized quality improvement process to support care and effective decision-making, as well as to inform nutrition education and health policy.

On the SNOMED International side, the NCPT Project Group, led by the Academy with input from global experts, spearheaded the work of the collaboration.

Registered dietitian nutritionist and 2023-2024 Academy President Lauri Wright called the integration of the nutrition care process terminology in SNOMED CT a major milestone for the nutrition and dietetics profession, noting that it recognizes the high quality of care that dietitians provide in identifying and treating patients with malnutrition. 

The reference set, which is based on NCPT 2020, will also be included in the free-for-use Global Patient Set, which SNOMED International releases annually. 

The next release of the SNOMED NCPT reference is scheduled for 2025 and will contain the complete NCPT.  

Click here to read the full release.

For more information on the collaboration between the two organizations, view the 2021 news release.

Click here for more information on the NCPT reference set.

Once annually in October, SNOMED International and an individual Member country work together to hold an internationally-attended SNOMED CT event. The event is comprised of a four-day Business Meeting and a two-day SNOMED CT Expo, supplemented with regional and culturally focused social activities.

SNOMED International now invites 'Expressions of Interest' from Member host countries for the SNOMED International October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2026.

To maintain equality among the 3 global regions, proposals for 2026 are sought from:

  • 2026: AMERICAS Region Members

TIMELINE:

  • Submit Verbal/Email Expressions of Interest for Review by July 08, 2024
  • Submit Formal Proposals by October 02, 2024
  • Review of Formal Proposals by SNOMED International & Management Board: January 2024
  • Successful October 2026 Member host country decided upon and announced at the April 2025 Business Meetings.

Learn more about Member country hosting, how to apply and the selection process involved on the October Business Meetings & SNOMED CT Expo - Prospective Host Resource Page.

Questions? Please contact your applicable CSRM representative, or the Communications team:

Customer Relations Executives:

Communications Executive:

When SNOMED International prepares to make changes to various aspects of SNOMED CT, most of which are driven by Member and user request, we often ask our community for their feedback on the potential impact to them.

We are now launching a community consultation to solicit feedback on a proposal to increase the size limits of SNOMED CT concept descriptions to 4096 from the current limit of 255 characters. While this change does not represent a modification of the existing specification, it could be disruptive to implementers who have coded fixed length limits into their systems.

Read the latest Q&A blog post by SNOMED International Technical Specialist Peter Groves Williams, who explains the proposed change, its potential benefits, the feedback process and timelines, and the issues that may need to be considered in such an update.

The feedback period closes on July 31, 2024.

You can find the full proposal here.

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

Questions?

Contact events@snomed.org.


SNOMED International would like to remind those planning to attend the April 2024 Business Meetings onsite in London to please register asap using the link below, if you have not already done so.

The in-person conference will be held from April 14-17, 2024 at the same venue as 2023 - the Andaz, London Liverpool Street hotel in the UK. It will be preceded by some online-only sessions.

Registration &  Schedule:

Please click here to complete the onsite registration process (registration is NOT required for online-only attendees).

Note: Our registration system does not flag duplicates, so if unsure please check your emails for one with subject line 'Registration Confirmation - April 2024 Business Meetings' before registering again. 

The schedule for the Business Meetings (including both hybrid and online sessions) can be found on Confluence here.

Attend online: 

In keeping with our hybrid approach, all in-person meetings will be supported with the necessary audio and video tools to support high quality online participation via Zoom. 

Links to join all open meetings - including the keynotes - will be shared on the organization's What's on this Week calendar.

Pre-registration is not required, however access to most sessions will require logging in via Zoom Events.

Accommodation: 

                   


SNOMED International has negotiated an excellent delegate rate at the venue but please note that the deadline for reserving a room is tomorrow (March 29, 2024). See our website here for pricing and the SNOMED booking link.

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We very much look forward to welcoming you again to London. For any additional information pertaining to the April 2024 Business Meetings, please contact events@snomed.org 

Opening Keynote Keynote:

Open General Assembly Keynote:


SNOMED International has several 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)
    • Terminology Release (TRAG)

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


Selection Process
The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, 5 April 2024 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 April. 


Application Checklist
Applicants, please ensure to 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)


For additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process kindly contact governance@snomed.org

Thank you.

SNOMED International




SNOMED International encourages you to consider submitting nominations for the following awards, acknowledging individual contributions to our organization and community: 

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

In 2023, the Award for Excellence was awarded to Pim Volkert of the Netherlands and Scott W. Campbell of USA, and both Keith E. Campbell and Vivian Auld were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Your Challenge?

  • Think about someone worthy; someone deserving, and someone who should be honored at the SNOMED International Awards Dinner in Seoul, in October 2024.
  • 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.


It is through your thoughtful consideration and retrospection that we can honor the thought leaders, past and present, in our community.  

Please reference the awards policies and forms attached to this post, or visit the Awards Page for more information.  The deadline for nominations is March 1st, 2024

We look forward to formally recognizing excellence among the SNOMED International Community at October's planned Awards Dinner in Seoul.

Contact governance@snomed.org for more information. 





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Share your SNOMED CT knowledge and expertise on a global stage

Participate in this year's hybrid (in-person and online) Expo in beautiful Seoul, South Korea, home to some of the world's most advanced technology and centuries-old architecture and culture. Contribute to a growing global body of knowledge about SNOMED CT, and advance interoperability and one global language of health. Delegates from 40+ countries will join the event either in-person or online, ensuring a broad audience for your presentation or ePoster.


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Key dates:

Submission deadline: April 24, 2024

Submitters notified: June 6, 2024

Conference: October 24-25, 2024


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Submissions must focus on using SNOMED CT in a product, service or research context across one of the four program streams:

  • Advances in Research and Innovation
  • Demonstrating Implementation Excellence
  • Enhancing Clinical Practice and Outcomes
  • Terminology Leading Practices


You can choose to submit an abstract for an oral presentation (onsite or online), a 10-minute onsite lightning session (new this year), or an ePoster. See snomedexpo.org for more details!

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Questions?

Contact the SNOMED International Events team (events@snomed.org)



SNOMED International is pleased to announce that the April 2024 Business Meetings will be held as a hybrid event for our advisory, working, project and clinical reference groups, providing the organization and Community of Practice both in-person and online opportunities to participate.  Key governance meetings for the organization will also be held.  

The in-person conference will be held from April 14-17, 2024 at the same venue as 2023 - the Andaz, London Liverpool Street hotel in the UK. It will be preceded by some online-only sessions.

In keeping with our hybrid approach, all in-person meetings will be supported with the necessary audio and video tools to support high quality online participation via Zoom. 


Schedule & Registration:

The current schedule for the Business Meetings (including both hybrid and online sessions) can be found on Confluence here, and registration for the in-person component of the event is now open.

If you are planning to join us in London please click here to complete the registration process (registration is NOT required for online-only attendees).

Details on how to join sessions online will be shared on the organization's What's on this Week calendar

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Accommodation:

           

SNOMED International has negotiated an excellent delegate rate at the venue (which is extremely competitive both for their current regular rates, and also in the surrounding area). Rooms must be reserved before March 29, 2024 to obtain the discounted rates but we strongly recommend reserving your room as soon as possible in order to secure your booking (individual reservations made before the reservation cut off date, may be changed or cancelled without penalty). Please see our website here for pricing and the SNOMED booking link.

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We very much look forward to welcoming you again to London. For any additional information pertaining to the April 2024 Business Meetings, please contact events@snomed.org 


On behalf of CEO, Don Sweete, and the SNOMED International organization, we extend our thanks to all who participated in the 2023 October Business Meetings and Expo that took place over the past few weeks. 


This year's business meetings and Expo were complete with a full schedule of advisory, working, project and clinical reference group meetings followed by pre-conference sessions on artificial intelligence, the LOINC-SNOMED CT collaboration, implementation tools and supports and interoperability across clinical registries.


The Expo then followed with two days of learning-intensive back-to-back presentations delivered by SNOMED CT users and implementers around the world. 

From the number of session hours to the number of countries represented, the graphic below tells the story of this year's event.



EXPO SESSIONS ON DEMAND


If you registered but feel like you missed a few sessions you'd like to see, you can still catch up on the Expo Zoom Events platform, which remains open until the end of November. Not yet registered? Click here to sign up and access the sessions and slide-sets on demand.

Please contact events@snomed.org for any additional information regarding the 2023 October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo. 


Business meeting resources

Linked here are presentations and documents presented at the Business Meetings for your information and reference. 


COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE UPDATES

 
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OPEN GENERAL ASSEMBLY - MEMBER KEYNOTE

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYMPOSIUM

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LOINC 

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SNOMED International encourages you to consider submitting nominations for the following awards, acknowledging individual contributions to our organization and community: 

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

In 2023, the Award for Excellence was awarded to Pim Volkert of the Netherlands and Scott W. Campbell of USA, and both Keith E. Campbell and Vivian Auld were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Your Challenge?

  • Think about someone worthy; someone deserving, and someone who should be honored at the SNOMED International Awards Dinner in Seoul, in October 2024.
  • 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.


It is through your thoughtful consideration and retrospection that we can honor the thought leaders, past and present, in our community.  

Please reference the awards policies and forms attached to this post, or visit the Awards Page for more information.  The deadline for nominations is March 1st, 2024

We look forward to formally recognizing excellence among the SNOMED International Community at October's planned Awards Dinner in Seoul.

Contact governance@snomed.org for more information. 




Becoming a SNOMED International Member is the latest step for France, a country of more than 67 million inhabitants, in its efforts to become a global leader in digital health. France will join a community of 48 Members globally. Its SNOMED International membership builds on the country’s eHealth acceleration strategy announced in January 2021. 

It also supports the “France relance” recovery plan to accelerate the ecological, industrial and social transformations of the country, as well as the country’s 2023-2027 digital health roadmap, which seeks to employ digital technology to improve and transform its healthcare system.

The French Agence du Numerique en Santé (ANS) will serve as the country’s National Release Centre for SNOMED CT. As a Member, France will also be represented on SNOMED International’s General Assembly and the organization’s Member Forum governance bodies...

Read the full announcement