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2019 was a watershed year for our organization and our Members.

We successfully closed out the 2015-2020 strategy and collectively charted a course for SNOMED International over the next five years. A Member-led initiative, the next strategic phase of the organization reflects the real needs of the global healthcare landscape as it relates to care delivery, policymaking, public health, research and public health priorities.

As a result of this, the 2019 Annual Report, A Global Effort to Drive Change, focuses on SNOMED International’s dedication to evolving, strengthening and developing our product and related services for the benefit of patients through our Members, clinicians, vendors and SNOMED CT users.

Highlights include:

  • Message from the Management Board Chair, 2019 General Assembly Chairs and CEO
  • 2019 Achievements
  • 2015 - 2020 Strategy Recap
  • Member Success Stories
  • A showcase of our Community of Practice through photographs

Review the progress and accomplishments that you have contributed to on the SNOMED International website


Users should ONLY consider using this package if they have NOT already incorporated the March 2020 Interim International Edition release in their systems, and can use DELTA files to update to the latest content. 


As part of the global effort to manage and contain the COVID-19 public health emergency, SNOMED International published a set of coronavirus related concepts in its January 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition, with updated descriptions and SNOMED CT to ICD-10 maps in an interim March 2020 International Edition release

For users that did not use the March 2020 Interim International Edition in their systems, the linked documentation provides a summarized description of the content changes included in the July 2020 additional Rollup Delta package release and is intended for National Release Centers, WHO-FIC release centers, vendors of electronic health records, terminology developers and managers who wish to have an understanding of changes that have been incorporated into the July 2020 International Edition additional Rollup Delta package. 

Users should note that as this Rollup Delta package incorporates all Delta file changes from both March 2020 and July 2020 releases, they should refer to both sets of original Release Notes for details of all content & technical changes included.

This is made available for your review, and we encourage any feedback to be provided as soon as possible, so that any refinements can be made in time for the Public release of this optional package on 31st July 2020.

Please visit SNOMED International's release management space to access all detailed information concerning the July 2020 additional Rollup Delta package release of SNOMED CT. 

Contact support@snomed.org with inquiries, referencing the specified release in the subject line.  

A new guide, COVID-19 Data Coding using SNOMED CT, has been developed with contributions from SNOMED International Members. This guide shows how SNOMED CT can be used to record, communicate and integrate clinical data related to COVID-19 for the purposes of healthcare service delivery, pandemic surveillance, international collaboration and retrospective data analysis. 

The guide provides practical examples of SNOMED CT subsets that can be used to code a variety of COVID-19 related data elements, such as symptoms, risk factors and test results.  A set of computable SNOMED CT subset artefacts also accompanies the guide.
 
Currently draft and available for Community Review, SNOMED International is seeking input from implementers globally to evolve and finalize the guide.  

Visit http://snomed.org/cv19 to review the guide, increase your knowledge of working with COVID-19 SNOMED CT content and offer your feedback. Submit feedback at info@snomed.org or using the feedback buttons at the bottom of each page within the guide.

SNOMED International has a number of 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 two Advisory Groups: 

    • E-Learning (ELAG)
    • Terminology Release (TRAG)

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

Selection Process

Anyone can apply. The deadline for submitting a nomination has been extended to Wednesday 17th June, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the respective AG Chairs and their recommendations will be put forward to the AG Nominations Committee for final approval. All candidates will be notified of the results by email by the end of June 2020. 

Application Checklist

Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to ag@snomed.org:

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest and self-assessment of relevant skills per the applicable skills matrix (see attached document)
  2. Your CV (resume)

Please contact ag@snomed.org with questions, or for additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process.


SNOMED International hopes that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

Although globally there are some hopeful signs regarding the management of the COVID-19 situation, it is becoming increasingly apparent that travel restrictions will remain in place for many of our SNOMED CT community in October. After much analysis and discussion, SNOMED International governance and organizational leadership have decided that the SNOMED CT Expo 2020, taking place October 8-9, will be run solely as a virtual event.  Portugal will now serve as the October Business Meeting and SNOMED CT Expo host in 2021, with subsequent awarded hosts to follow accordingly.

‘Going virtual’ will open up some new and exciting possibilities for how this year’s SNOMED CT Expo is run. Supported by an online platform integrated with the event registration system, presenters will share their SNOMED CT experiences through video and interact with their audience via Q&A sessions, whilst attendees explore an Expo environment composed of industry supporters.   

Provisions are also being made to allow the October 2020 Business Meetings to convene online where appropriate and discussions are currently underway that specifically address October’s evolving governance, advisory and working group meeting schedule. More information will be shared with group chairs as soon as it is available. 

REMINDER: 

The ‘Call for Abstracts’ remains open for submissions, to a newly extended deadline of June 5th! Presenting virtually at the Expo this year creates a unique opportunity to share your message with a broader international audience. We are looking for e-posters or concurrent session presentations focused on your experience implementing or using SNOMED CT. Please be assured that technical support will be provided to facilitate this new format. 

SUBMIT ABSTRACT

Event registration will open in July and program information and other details will be available in the coming months.

Please contact our events team at events@snomed.org if you have any questions about the event.

Thank you for your continued support of SNOMED International and the SNOMED CT Expo. We hope to “see” you on October 8-9!



SNOMED International has a number of 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: 

    • E-Learning (ELAG)
    • Modelling (MAG)
    • Terminology Release (TRAG)

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

Selection Process

Anyone can apply. Please be reminded that the deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, 29 May 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the respective AG Chairs and their recommendations will be put forward to the AG Nominations Committee for final approval. All candidates will be notified of the results by email by the end of June 2020. 

Application Checklist

Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to ag@snomed.org:

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest and self-assessment of relevant skills per the applicable skills matrix (see attached document)
  2. Your CV (resume)

Please contact ag@snomed.org with questions, or for additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process.

Download Nomination form:

May 22, 2020

SNOMED International, the leader in global clinical terminology, announces today the organization’s participation in the COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance. The Alliance is an informatics focused environment supporting collaborative authoring of COVID-19 related interoperability data resources.

Alongside Alliance partners Clinical Architecture, logica, MITRE, Regenstrief Institute, Apelon, and Care Evolution, SNOMED International joins an open collective where parties can create, evolve and share meaningful data supporting the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

Read more about the Alliance and SNOMED International's participation

London, United Kingdom, May 7, 2020

In February 2020, the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) and SNOMED International took steps to renew their relationship governing the rare disease content included in SNOMED CT.  A relationship initially forged in 2015, the objective of the agreement is to improve the visibility of rare diseases in terminologies and promote interoperability among different codification and terminology systems, such as SNOMED CT for the benefit of their shared users globally. 

Read the full news release

SNOMED International has a number of 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: 

    • E-Learning (ELAG)
    • Modelling (MAG)
    • Terminology Release (TRAG)

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

Selection Process

Anyone can apply. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, 29 May 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the respective AG Chairs and their recommendations will be put forward to the AG Nominations Committee for final approval. All candidates will be notified of the results by email by the end of June 2020. 

Application Checklist

Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to ag@snomed.org:

  1. Completed Nomination Form, including your declaration of interest and self-assessment of relevant skills per the applicable skills matrix (see attached document)
  2. Your CV (resume)

Please contact ag@snomed.org with questions, or for additional information on the Advisory Group nomination process.

Download Nomination form:

SNOMED International hopes that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.

SNOMED International is firmly committed to holding this year’s October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo. While we are still planning for an in-person Expo and Business Meetings in Lisbon at the Pestana Palace Hotel, we have a plan in place to connect virtually should the global situation remain uncertain.

As the global COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, some countries are starting to “open up” while others remain “locked down”. We recognize that even in an optimistic scenario some of our global community will not be able to travel. Given this possibility, we want to ensure as many attendees as possible are able to experience Expo and are making some changes to this year’s event: 

  1. The call for abstracts has been extended to May 29, and registration will now open in July. Early bird registration will be available until August 31.

  2. The requirement for presenters to present live onsite has been removed this year. Virtual presentations will be accepted (we continue to  finalize details for how this will be supported)

  3. We will provide the ability to take part in the Expo virtually for those unable to travel. We want to ensure that if you’re unable to travel due to COVID-19 you will be able to participate as well as access the wealth of content available at this year’s Expo.

  4. Should an in-person event take place, the event will comply with all local public health requirements. We will ensure that we work closely with our Portuguese hosts to comply with all local public health recommendations at the time of the Expo.

  5. The event will be held virtually if travel restrictions are too pervasive. We will make the decision on whether the event needs to be entirely virtual by the time registration opens. Delegates are asked not to book non-refundable flights until this point in time. The conference hotel has a favourable cancellation policy so you can feel comfortable in booking your accommodations as they will be cancellable.

The early bird gets the prize

We want to reward those of you who submit your abstracts early! We will be doing a weekly random draw from the abstracts received by that date for a small prize.

Draws will be made each Friday at 17:00 Portugal/UK time between now and May 29.

Click here to submit your abstract!

Please contact our events team at events@snomed.org if you have any questions about the event. 

Dear Community of Practice members,

In lieu of the Community Updates session that was planned to open the SNOMED International April 2020 Business Meetings, we wish to provide you with a written version giving updates from the following lines of business:

  1. Global Report
  2. Collaboration
  3. Education & Product Support
  4. Clinical + Genomics
  5. Vendor Engagement
  6. Product & Services
  7. Content & Mapping
  8. Technical Services
  9. Release Management
  10. Managed Service Update

Please click here to download the document.

For more information about SNOMED International please visit snomed.org.

Any questions can be sent to info@snomed.org.

Thank you!

The French Translation Project Group is pleased to announce the first release of the SNOMED CT common French translation.

Throughout the years, a number of partial French translations have been produced locally by Members including Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and by SNOMED CT affiliate, PHAST from France.  In less than two years, the number of French terms available within the new common French translation has now increased to more than 77,000 including recently translated COVID-19 concepts, closing the gap that structured data can play in French language health care settings. 

At this point in time the common French translation is not distributed by SNOMED International, but rather as an option to be published as part of a national edition of any Member involved in the production of this translation. 

READ THE FULL NEWS ITEM

Attend the April 9, 2020 webinar to learn more about the common French translation from Francois Macary and Linda Parisien 

SNOMED International hopes that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. 

We wish to provide a brief update on the status of our forthcoming October Business Meeting and SNOMED CT Expo 2020, to be held in Lisbon, Portugal from October 4th to 9th, 2020.

As of Thursday April 2nd 2020 we plan for the event to go ahead, with extension to the following deadlines:

  • Call for Abstracts: Final proposals now due May 29th 2020
  • Registration to open in mid July 2020
  • Early Bird registration extended to August 31st 2020

SNOMED International is closely monitoring the global situation and making contingency plans for the Expo.  If we feel that the COVID-19 risk to our Community of Practice is still too great to gather in person, we will move to a virtual event to allow presenters to share their great SNOMED CT work. Should we cancel the in person event, we will do so with sufficient notice to respect the impact to your travel plans. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Events team via events@snomed.org if you have any immediate questions. 

SUBMIT ABSTRACT

Finally, those who attended our 2019 Awards Gala in Kuala Lumpur will remember the wonderful batik painting activity run by local Malaysian charity Batik Boutique. We have two of the resulting decorative fabric panels* to give away - please click here to enter the draw.

*Each cotton panel measures 38"x39" and will be provided unframed (illustration is for example only). Draw will close on Wednesday April 8th 2020, with the two winners chosen at random. 

SNOMED International releases its Q1 news to you, our valued community.  This quarter focuses on our SNOMED CT releases, including the January 2020 International Edition release and interim March 2020 release both representative of COVID-19 content

We celebrate a new Member in our community, and new licensing and education delivery agreements with partners.  Lastly, January 2020 saw the launch of the organization's 2020-2025 Strategy to guide our activities over the next 5 years. 

Read up on developments taking place in 2020, as well as past editions of our newsletter here.

Share your feedback or ideas at comms@snomed.org