In 2009 a harmonization agreement was finalized between the IHTSDO and WONCA to promote co-operation and collaboration between the two organizations. This agreement led to the formation of the International Family Physician/General Practitioner Special Interest Group (IFP/GP SIG) under the auspices of the IHTSDO. The IFP/GP SIG was established to suggest content for SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) related to general/family practice and to provide quality assurance for SNOMED CT content from the general/family practice perspective.
The agreement led to 2 key pieces of work – the development of a SNOMED CT subset for health issues/reasons for encounter and a map of this subset to International Classification of Primary Care, Version 2 (ICPC-2). These have been produced and are released by IHTSDO and are maintained and updated in collaboration with the IFP/GP SIG.
The purpose of the International Family Practice and General Practice SIG is to provide coherent, coordinated and comprehensive advice to enhance IHTSDO products and services - a key aspect of addressing the IHTSDO priorities. In addition, the group will contribute to ensuring the IHTSDO has a coordinated approach to engagement with international primary healthcare professional groups.
Membership of the International Family Practice and General Practice SIG is open to all and participation is welcomed by anyone interested in ensuring that SNOMED CT supports primary care requirements for electronic documentation and communication of patient care in any setting. Please see the information in the 'Welcome' section above for details of how to actively register as a member of the SIG.