Blog from February, 2020

SNOMED International is pleased to announce a recent partnership with the University of Eastern Finland to deliver SNOMED CT education as an approved delivery agent in Finland.

The University of Eastern Finland and SNOMED International have struck an agreement to deliver mutually agreed upon SNOMED CT educational content including the organization's professionally curated Foundation course, with the potential to also offer the Implementation Course and suite of Authoring courses. 

As a result of this agreement, the University of Eastern Finland will serve as an extension of the SNOMED International Education Program within parts of Finland and be empowered to issue course completion certificates and certifications as applicable.


Read the full announcement on SNOMED International's website 


With the SNOMED International April 2020 Business Meetings in London approaching, we wish to provide an update about actions that the organization is taking around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

SNOMED International continues to closely monitor the coronavirus situation. The health risk of coronavirus for the general British public is considered low at this time, according to the latest summary from the UK government's Department of Health and Social Care. 

The April 2020 Business Meetings are proceeding as scheduled, and though we have no reason to believe that this will change, please be assured that the health, safety and well-being of our community remains our highest priority.

  • SNOMED International will continue to follow the guidance of the UK government and the World Health Organization (WHO) and will provide updates to our community where necessary;

  • We are communicating regularly with our venue, the Waldorf Hilton London, about any proposed protocols and procedures they may have;

  • We encourage our attendees to monitor their relevant government department websites for the latest advice regarding travel to the UK.

If you have any questions, please click here to contact the SNOMED Events Team.

We hope to see you in London.

We wish to remind those attending the forthcoming Business Meetings in London that the deadline for obtaining our delegate accommodation rate at the Waldorf Hilton is this Wednesday, February 19th, 2020.

If you have not already booked then we encourage you to make the most of these discounted rates at the conference venue:

  • Hilton Queen Guest Room:
    • Single occupancy £240 GBP/night
    • Double occupancy £250 GBP/night
    • Rates include full English breakfast, standard wifi access, and applicable taxes.
    • Check-in time is 15:00; check-out time is 12:00
    • Please note once the reservation has been made it becomes non changeable and non-refundable.

These rates are valid for nights between April 4th-9th, 2020. Please email the hotel directly if you need to extend your stay beyond these dates. 

Book now

Further information about the event can be found on our website:
https://www.snomed.org/news-and-events/events/business-meeting

Please contact the SNOMED Events Team (events@snomed.org) if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in London!

Based on recent announcements by the World Health Organization (WHO) (Novel Coronavirus disease naming ) and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) (Coronavirus study group), concepts recently added to SNOMED CT related to the recent outbreak of coronavirus respiratory disease have been revised.  The WHO has named the syndrome caused by this coronavirus, COVID-19.  The ICTV has named the virus “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” or SARS-CoV-2. 

The Fully specified names and preferred terms (US-English and GB-English only) have been updated to reflect these new names.  As the original names associated with these concepts were known to be temporary and there is no change in the meaning of the concepts, these description changes are considered to be technical corrections and do not require the inactivation and replacement of concepts from the January 2020 release of SNOMED CT. 

Note that the following changes do not affect clinical meaning, nor the SNOMED CT concept ID available to users. All changes will be included in the July 31, 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition release.

SCTID

Description type

Original description

New description

840533007

Fully specified name

2019 novel coronavirus (organism)

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (organism)

840533007

Preferred term

2019-nCoV

SARS-CoV-2

840536004

Fully specified name

Antigen of 2019 novel coronavirus (substance)

Antigen of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (substance)

840536004

Preferred term

Antigen of 2019-nCoV

Antigen of SARS-CoV-2

840534001

Fully specified name

2019 novel coronavirus vaccination (procedure)

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 vaccination (procedure)

840534001

Preferred term

2019-nCoV vaccination

SARS-CoV-2 vaccination

840535000

Fully specified name

Antibody to 2019 novel coronavirus (substance)

Antibody to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (substance)

840535000

Preferred term

Antibody to 2019-nCoV

Antibody to SARS-CoV-2

840546002

Fully specified name

Exposure to 2019 novel coronavirus (event)

Exposure to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (event)

840546002

Preferred term

Exposure to 2019 novel coronavirus

Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

840539006

Fully specified name

Disease caused by 2019 novel coronavirus (disorder)

Disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (disorder)

840539006

Preferred term

Disease caused by 2019-nCoV

COVID-19

840544004

Fully specified name

Suspected disease caused by 2019 novel coronavirus (situation)

Suspected disease caused by severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (situation)

840544004

Preferred term

Suspected disease caused by 2019-nCoV

Suspected disease caused by SARS-CoV-2


All previous descriptions related to these concepts have been retained to facilitate searching and mapping to descriptions that may have been used prior to these term changes.

For more information, please contact info@snomed.org 

The world is focused on the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has named the syndrome caused by this coronavirus “COVID-19”, and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV) has named the virus “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” or SARS-CoV-2.



Read the Article


As part of the global effort to manage and contain this global public health emergency, two global health standards organizations, Regenstrief Institute and SNOMED International, are doing their part to support care teams globally to code and track SARS-CoV-2 testing and COVID-19 cases, and by extension support clinicians and researchers in their efforts to address its containment. 

Both subject matter experts in coding and structuring clinical information, Regenstrief Institute and SNOMED International have recently introduced new content to their respective products, a laboratory and health observations oriented coding system in the case of LOINC, and a broad spectrum clinical terminology in the case of SNOMED CT. With the high rate of global adoption for both standards, LOINC and SNOMED CT have taken swift action to make this content immediately available to support those on the ground in tackling the virus.

“With novel viruses that appear to be easily transmittable, such as the coronavirus, it is vitally important that all identified cases be reported quickly for public health tracking,” said Regenstrief Research Scientist Theresa Cullen, M.D., M.S., global health expert with the Regenstrief Institute. Don Sweete from SNOMED International says “the creation of new COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 codes and concepts from LOINC and SNOMED CT introduce the structure in coding needed for health systems internationally to manage the outbreak. Both Cullen and Sweete agree that in possessing superior data, health leaders worldwide can engage in a higher degree of analysis to inform their outbreak management approach. Based on the formal naming of the syndrome and virus by WHO and ICTV, both organizations are presently updating their respective code and concepts to reflect the change.
 
For more information on the specific actions that each organization has taken, visit Regenstrief Institute and SNOMED International respectively.
 
Regenstrief Institute and SNOMED International mutually recognize the importance of interoperability through standardization in the pursuit of timely, safe and efficient health care and continue to work collaboratively to achieve this end. 

If you are attending at the forthcoming Business Meetings in London please note that SNOMED International has obtained delegate rates at the venue, the Waldorf Hilton:

  • Hilton Queen Guest Room:
    • Single occupancy £240 GBP/night
    • Double occupancy £250 GBP/night
    • Rates include full English breakfast, standard wifi access, and applicable taxes.
    • Check-in time is 15:00; check-out time is 12:00
    • Please note once the reservation has been made it becomes non changeable and non-refundable.

These rates are valid for nights between April 4th-9th, 2020 and are guaranteed until February 19th, 2020.

Please email the hotel directly if you need to extend your stay beyond these dates. 

Book now

Further information about the event can be found on our website:
https://www.snomed.org/news-and-events/events/business-meeting

Please contact the SNOMED Events Team (events@snomed.org) if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you in London!

Submit your SNOMED CT story and be part of the conversation in Lisbon, October 8-9, 2020.

Abstract submissions for oral presentations and e-posters are invited by Wednesday April 15, 2020.

All Expo presentations and posters must be related to SNOMED CT and should be informative rather than promoting a particular product or service.

They should enable attendees to enhance the breadth of their knowledge of SNOMED CT and be aligned with one of three program streams:

Demonstrating Implementation Excellence
Presentations exploring practical, first-hand experience in using SNOMED CT. Implementers from healthcare organizations, government agencies and industry will share their lessons learned and benefit realization achievements.

Enhancing Clinical Practice
Presentations focused on the application of SNOMED CT in clinical settings and clinical research; aimed at enhancing the patient experience, clinical outcomes, reducing costs or improving efficiency of the clinical practices. This may include such areas as precision medicine, data analytics, decision support etc.

Terminology Leading Practices
Presentations covering experience and ideas on innovative enhancements of SNOMED CT, as well as those in conjunction with other international standards, e.g., content development, mappings, description logic.

Oral presentations will be 30 minutes in length (including time for audience questions) and e-posters must be prepared using a supplied template. All presenters are required to participate in person; virtual presentations are not permitted.

Presenters will be notified of the outcome of their submissions by May 27, 2020.

Visit the conference website for more information about the event.


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