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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, 14 June 2019. Once applications are reviewed, applicants not accepted will be notified immediately and final approvals will be reviewed and accepted by the AG Steering Group. All candidates will be notified by email by the end of June 2019. 

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.  

The time has come for the SNOMED International community of practice to submit nominations to support this year's SNOMED International awards process.

SNOMED International acknowledges individual contributions to the organization and community through 2 awards:

  • The Award for Excellence (given annually), and
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded periodically) 

In 2018, the Award for Excellence was awarded to Michael Lawley, and Andrew Wiesenthal was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Your Challenge?

  • Think about someone who is worthy; Someone deserving; and Someone who should be honoured at the SNOMED International Gala dinner in Kuala Lumpur this October.
  • Note: An employee of SNOMED International is eligible to nominate someone so long as he or she finds someone from the Community of Practice to serve as a co-nominator.

The deadline to submit nominations is: June 28, 2019.

Submit your nominations to fcs@snomed.org.

Access the nomination forms, policies and FAQs from the below links:

It is through your thoughtful consideration and retrospection that we are able to honour the thought leaders in our community.  


Issue highlights include


Organization Updates:

  • HL7 and SNOMED International Agreement
  • New Member Announcements:
    • Kazakhstan
    • Austria
  • A Clinical Update
  • User Support Reference Group Update
  • Education:
    • SNOMED CT Implementation Course Enrolment Open
    • SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Course Live
    • So, what does this word mean? SNOMED CT Glossary
  • In Memoriam: Stewart Jessamine
  • Releases:
    • January 2019 International Edition Release
    • Changes to SNOMED CT Release Schedule for Derivative Products
  • Demo: SNOMED CT Powering Clinical Data Analytics


Member & Affiliate Updates:

  • SNOMED Ireland 2018 Annual Report
  • Canada is Recruiting for a Standards SME


Events:

  • April 2019 Business Meeting Update
  • SNOMED CT Expo Call for Abstracts Open
  • HL7 FHIR DevDays 2019

In addition to the twice annual release of the SNOMED CT International edition, SNOMED International produces and releases a number of SNOMED CT derivative products which are released on a 6 monthly cycle, and in line with the SNOMED CT International Edition release.
 
Recent work to evaluate the use of these products among our different stakeholder groups has indicated that current usage of the range of derivative products is comparatively low due to stakeholder challenges with consuming a twice annual release.  This, coupled with our efforts to better utilize the organization’s content and release resources, has led SNOMED International to the decision to move to an annual release cycle for these products, following an established schedule in line with the January or July International Edition release.


Contact info@snomed.org for additional information. 

The SNOMED CT Expo 2019 Call for Abstracts has launched with submissions being accepted until Wednesday April 17, 2019.


This year's conference takes place in Kuala Lumpur, with planning already well underway with 2019 Host Member, Malaysia. 

For more information, please visit the conference website, or email events@snomed.org. 


The SNOMED International Events Team would like to kindly remind all attendees for the April 2019 Business Meetings that the deadline for booking delegate rate accommodation at the venue is this Wednesday February 27th, 2019. 

SNOMED International has obtained the following delegate rates at the Waldorf Hilton in London (a new venue this year).

  • 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.
    • Available for nights between 6th - 11th April 2019

All residents at the Waldorf Hilton benefit from access to a fitness room and pool, as well as modern conveniences like 'Handy Phones' in each room. These smartphone offer unlimited 3G data, social media networking, hotel promotions, language selection, city guides and recommended shops, bars, restaurants and places to visit. Click here to view the hotel's full list of amenities. 

Reserve your room now.

To extend your stay outside of the event dates please email the hotel directly with your details.

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

The schedule: https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/FT/April+2019+-+SNOMED+International+Business+Meetings

Click here to register (if you have yet to do so). 

Any questions? Contact the events team. 

We look forward to seeing you in London!

Posted on behalf of Don Sweete


To the SNOMED International Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news of Stewart Jessamine’s recent passing. He was an excellent member of the IHTSDO and SNOMED International community that we will dearly miss.

Please take a moment to read a note crafted from SNOMED International giving tribute to his life’s work and service to SNOMED CT. We will take the opportunity to offer tribute to Stewart at our upcoming 2019 April Business Meeting in London.

Sincerely,

Don

Photo Tribute:

The SNOMED International Events Team would like to kindly remind all attendees for the April 2019 Business Meetings that the deadline for booking delegate rate accommodation at the venue's hotel is February 27th, 2019, so we encourage you to book as soon as possible. 

SNOMED International has obtained the following delegate rates at the Waldorf Hilton in London:

  • 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.
    • Available for nights between 6th - 11th April 2019

Please click here to reserve a room. To extend your stay outside of the event dates please email the hotel directly with your details.

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

The schedule: https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/FT/April+2019+-+SNOMED+International+Business+Meetings

If you are planning to attend please click here to register now (if you have yet to do so). 

We look forward to seeing you in London!

Beyond clinical data capture, one of the prime uses of SNOMED CT is to enable clinical data analytics. SNOMED CT enables the full benefits of EHRs to be achieved through effective retrieval and reuse of clinical information.

In this demonstration, SNOMED International clinical engagement leads, Dr.’s Peter Hendler and Charles Gutteridge, walk you through a brief SNOMED CT introduction before solving a hands-on clinical dilemma enabled by SNOMED CT, using simulated clinical data.

Read more and watch the demo on the SNOMED International website.

Contact info@snomed.org for more information, or with questions for Peter and Charles.  


Changes to service level agreements (SLA) are initiated as a way to manage the organization’s resource load as well as preserve balance among content submitters. Changes to the current SLA are predominantly due to the need to progress the multi-year Quality Initiative underway.
 
Changes to the SLA are in effect as of January 17th, 2019 and include:
 
Request Commitment:
Change: Reduced from 2500 to 1500 requests for better resource planning and management

  • A minimum total of 1500 separate requests within set timelines and meeting submission criteria will be added to the next release, provided the request is not marked for clarification, appeal or rejected. This change from 2500 to 1500 is being implemented to better assist the organization understand our resource allocation supporting content requests.


Request Balance: 
Change: Reworded for better clarity

  • SNOMED International also reserves the right to assess the number of submissions made per country per release to create balance of submissions and fairness in equal resolution of requests.


Requests:
Change: Reworded for better clarity

  • A single request may not exceed 150 concept additions or changes.  No further request batches of the “same type” may be submitted in a single editing cycle in order to circumvent the Bulk submission process. Once a total of 150 additions or changes have been reached, no further requests of the same type will be accepted during the release cycle. Slight overages of the 150 will be considered on a case by case basis.

 
These changes will predominantly affect Members (National Release Centres) and other authorized submitters including collaboration partners, clinical reference groups, etc. and take effect January 17, 2019.
 
Access the full Service Level Agreement here to review the entirety of the changes. For additional information, please contact info@snomed.org.

With use of SNOMED CT on the rise internationally, SNOMED International has responded to requests for implementation support with the creation of the User Support Reference Group.

The purpose of the Group is three-fold:

  1. To identify implementation issues and discuss resolutions
  2. To enable discussion on implementation best practices and user perspectives about SNOMED CT implementation.
  3. To provide a channel for a more proactive and responsive support. 

Geared at SNOMED CT Implementation course graduates, Member country representatives, advanced end users, and vendors, the User Support Reference Group will collect and better understand user’s implementation experiences with the goal of developing potential solutions.

Scheduled to meet on a quarterly basis, the agenda of the reference group will be topic based in nature and place emphasis on user presentations. The group’s scope will include implementation use cases and techniques, release updates, and other topics such as maintenance, natural language processing, and data analytics, etc. The SNOMED International Education Team will provide education guidance to the group as requested.
 
Interested in Participating? The User Support Reference Group will hold an overview webinar at 11:00 UTC on 28. February. Register for the webinar on the User Support Reference Group Confluence page.

For more information on the User Support Reference Group, contact info@snomed.org.


SNOMED International is pleased to announce that registration for the forthcoming April 2019 Business Meetings is now open.

Dates: 7th-10th April 2019 
Location: The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, The Strand, London, UK [timezone: BST]
Schedule: https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/FT/April+2019+-+SNOMED+International+Business+Meetings

Please click here to register now.

Further information (including details about accommodation at the venue) can be found on our website:
https://www.snomed.org/news-and-events/events/business-meeting

Details of the keynote speaker on Monday 8th April will follow soon. 

Please note that the deadline for booking delegate rate accommodation at the hotel is February 27th, 2019, so we encourage you to book as soon as possible. The main Business Meetings will be preceded by a session for the Terminology Management Working Group on Saturday 6th April, and followed by a Genomics day on Thursday 11th April. 

We look forward to seeing you in London!

Posted on behalf of Don Sweete

SNOMED International is pleased to announce that Dr. James Case, Head of Terminology, will transition to a half time position with the organization following his recent retirement from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Effective Monday January 14, 2019, Jim will continue to provide strategic direction and editorial leadership in all areas related to SNOMED CT core content.

Jim’s continued tenure with SNOMED International lends continuity to the SNOMED CT Community of Practice, specifically where content expertise and SNOMED CT editorial guidance is concerned.

Jim joined the NLM in January 2010, where his primary role was development and maintenance of the US extension to SNOMED CT and addition of US content into the International release of SNOMED CT. It has been the United States’ ongoing commitment to IHTSDO that originally enabled Jim to provide his terminological expertise and guidance to the organization on a part-time secondment basis in June 2015. From this time, Jim has consistently provided leadership across SNOMED CT content development and mapping areas.  

Moving forward, Jim will continue to work closely with all areas of the business to evolve the content of SNOMED CT to best meet the needs of the International community and terminology implementers.

Please join me in warmly acknowledging Jim’s new tenure with the organization. Please contact myself or Jim with any questions or clarifications.


Don Sweete
CEO, SNOMED International

SNOMED International is issuing a clinical call for participation!

SNOMED International has initiated the 2020-2025 organizational strategy setting process, and we are seeking input from SNOMED International Clinical Reference Group members and related clinical stakeholders to feed into this year's organization strategy planning work.

We would like to gather information from members of the SNOMED International Community in order to help us develop this strategy. The purpose of the survey questionnaire is to gain your input to feed into the SNOMED International strategic priority setting.

Deadline for survey response:

  • December 22, 2018


Resources:


Questions?


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