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Presenters

Anne Randorff Højen, Ian Green and Feikje Hielkema-Raadsveld (Dutch Member representative)

Audience

Clinicians, vendors, developers, project managers and standards implementers

Abstract

SNOMED CT is the most comprehensive clinical terminology in the world. However, in order for it to be adopted in national and local environments, it needs to be translated into the local languages. As SNOMED International's membership continues to grow, many more non-English speaking countries are joining and the desire for translations is increasing. In addition to US and UK English, the SNOMED CT International release also includes a translation of SNOMED CT into Spanish. A number of other SNOMED CT translations are also managed by Members of SNOMED International, and are available through the associated National Release Center.

This tutorial gives a brief introduction to the key principles of SNOMED CT translation, and presents a range of translation activities that have or are being performed. Additionally, experiences and key lessons learned from translating SNOMED CT into Dutch will be presented.

Objectives

After attending this tutorial, the participant should be able to:

  • Explain why translation of SNOMED CT is important
  • Describe basic translation principles
  • Summarize translation initiatives within SNOMED International
  • Give examples of translation challenges

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