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Blog from May, 2024

SNOMED International is pleased to announce the release of the 2024 Products & Services Catalog.

Available as a PDF download, the catalog, which is updated and published annually, provides a comprehensive snapshot of the organization’s products and services, organized into sections on content, support offerings, education and tooling. 

New in 2024

The 2024 catalog highlights new and/or updated content developed throughout the year, including anatomy, cancer synoptic reporting, rare diseases, epilepsy, social care and a preview of the SNOMED CT-LOINC extension. These developments are the results of linkages with other terminologies and classifications and of Member and stakeholder-driven requirements. 

It also captures all our releases throughout the year as well as our growing portfolio of tools and resources and our educational offerings. It also helps the reader understand the benefits of SNOMED CT by providing a section with links to multimedia materials detailing the value of SNOMED CT and how it is being used to help deliver better patient care globally, and how it has provided a return on investment and other benefits to so many Member countries and others such as affiliate licensees, researchers and humanitarian or charitable organizations.

Read the news release here.



SNOMED International and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) have signed a collaboration agreement that will enable the integration of the Tumour, Node, Metastasis (TNM) Classification of Malignant Tumours into SNOMED CT. The TNM Classification, which the UICC manages and publishes, is a globally recognised standard for classifying the extent and spread of cancer. SNOMED CT is a comprehensive, multilingual healthcare terminology created for use by healthcare professionals to capture the care of individuals in an electronic health record (EHR) and facilitate sharing, decision support and analytics, to support safe and effective health information exchange.

The TNM Classification is widely used in SNOMED International Member countries and is recommended by the organization’s relevant Clinical Reference Groups.

As part of the collaboration and integration of the two terminologies, SNOMED CT will provide the content and a model to enable TNM staging to be recorded in EHRs and other related records. The two organizations will ensure that the UICC staging values are represented in a way that enables users to unambiguously identify the UICC classification content. 

The initial focus of this endeavour will be the 8th edition of the UICC TNM Classification; the agreement, however, includes the incorporation of relevant content from the 9th edition when it is available. In addition, the group will ensure that ongoing changes to SNOMED CT and UICC staging values are reflected in the integration.

Read the news release for more information.

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:

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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.