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October Business Meetings

October 5-9, 2020 - Virtual Sessions

As previously announced in May, the October 2020 Business Meeting will be held solely as a virtual event.

We are pleased to advise that the full schedule of online meetings is now available on SNOMED International’s What’s on this Week calendar, and it includes a range of governance, advisory, project and clinical reference group meetings.

Most are open to attend (or open to observe) without prior notice, however please note that the following webinar sessions require registration:

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Open General Assembly (Open to Observers)
October 6, 2020: 12:00-13:30 UTC
Chair: Alex Elias, Chair, SNOMED International General Assembly

In accordance with the IHTSDO Articles of Association clause 8.2.2, the Ordinary meeting of the General Assembly will be held on 6 October 2020. During this meeting, the General Assembly will be presented with, and vote on statutory matters. Other presentations in this meeting include a progress update on the Organization's strategy and innovation portfolio.

Register now

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Clinical Engagement Sessions (Open)
October 7, 2020: 13:00-17:30 UTC
Chairs: Ian Green & Jane Millar
Keynote speaker: Dermot O’Riordan, consultant surgeon at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

SNOMED International highly values clinical input into the development and maintenance of SNOMED CT. Clinical engagement ensures that the terminology meets both current and future clinical requirements. These sessions aim to provide an overview of clinical engagement and the work currently underway within SNOMED International and the broader clinical SNOMED CT community. 

As we move to increased digitalisation of healthcare, clinicians’ ways of working will change, providing opportunities to improve healthcare delivery. The use of terminology and standards provides the building blocks to provide clinicians with actionable data, supporting clinicians and clinical practice. Dermot O’Riordan is a consultant surgeon at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, where he was previously Medical Director and also Interim Chief Executive Officer. He is currently the Chief Clinical Information Officer and responsible for delivering the e-Care integrated electronic health record project, with Cerner. Dermot will discuss his views and opinions on the future challenges and opportunities based on his extensive experience

Schedule:

13:00-15:00 UTC: SNOMED for Clinicians
15:00-15:30 UTC: Break
15:30-17:00 UTC: Concurrent CRG meetings
17:00-17:30 UTC: Closing Clinical plenary

Register now 

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SNOMED NZ Open Forum Hui Tuwhera

October 6, 2020: 19:00-20:00 UTC
Moderator: Alastair Kenworthy

Join our SNOMED NZ Open Forum Hui Tuwhera to hear about the launch of consumer friendly terms in te reo Māori in our October release, presented by Dr Nader Fattah at THINK Hauora. Katrien Scheerlinck from Belgium’s NRC joins us as a special guest. Plus regular news and updates. Kiwi implementers and NRC members globally welcome!

Register now

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Belgian NRC session
October 7, 2020: 8:00-9:00 UTC
Moderator: Ian Green

The session will provide an overview of the Belgium National Release Centre (NRC) roadmap 2019-2021, covering the projects being undertaken and why. It will also highlight what is next on this roadmap and future roadmaps. In particular, the projects that will be spotlighted are 3BT- SNOMED CT, the Alpha release and call for collaboration/crowdsourcing. The session will also provide a review of the content/products of the Belgian NRC September releases, including the national extension SNOMED CT, alpha release and map reference set 3BT-SNOMED CT. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the presenters.

Register now

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SNOMED International Updates to the Community of Practice

As has become tradition, SNOMED International representatives deliver updates relevant to the product and organization to the Community of Practice at April and October Business Meetings. Normally presented at the conference’s Opening Plenary session, this October’s updates will be prepared and shared as a document (similar to April’s updates) during the week of October 5th. Stay tuned. 

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Registration for the virtual SNOMED CT Expo 2020 (following the Business Meetings) is still open, and you are strongly encouraged to attend (it’s free!). 

Top 10 reasons to attend

Register today!

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We look forward to “seeing” you in October!

September 9, 2020

SNOMED International is committed to supporting the reduction of health inequity through developing and managing social determinants of health content within SNOMED CT’s clinical terminology. 

Over the next 2 years, SNOMED International will enhance its existing SDoH content within SNOMED CT, as well as making the content available via the openly accessible Global Patient Set.

Once complete, SNOMED CT enabled systems will be equipped with the ability to record a person’s social and environmental status as factors to be considered in care planning and provision of related services. Once captured using SNOMED CT, clinicians, researchers and policy makers can benefit from leveraging encoded health records for numerous avenues of analysis and for development of evidence-based practice, clinical guidelines and policies.

Learn more about how this initiative is taking shape. Contact info@snomed.org with questions or to get involved. 


Have you registered for SNOMED International's 2020 Virtual Expo yet? If not, it’s not too late! Here are the top 10 reasons you should register:

1. Riveting keynote speaker: This year, keynote speaker Dr. Ben Goldacre, an internationally renowned author and physician, will unpack the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies and more. You can expect to be both entertained and informed, and that’s a winning combination.

2. Global expertise: During the James Read Memorial Panel, an esteemed group of global experts, including Dr. Charles Gutteridge (UK), Dr. Christian Reich (US), Dr. Jeremy Theal (CAN), and Dr. Ngai Tseung Cheung (HK), will share their successes using SNOMED CT while offering their care delivery and research insights on the role SNOMED CT will play in supporting the future of medicine. 

3. No cost to you: This year’s Expo is free to attend!

4. Participate from the comfort of your own home: Business casual no more! Wear whatever you like!

5. A cornucopia of sessions to choose from: In addition to topnotch keynote speakers and panelists, we’re offering 45 concurrent sessions, 4 tutorials and 20 e-Posters. Presentations will be delivered by a broad array of implementers from healthcare organizations, government agencies and industry leaders who will share practical experience from the trenches.

6. Something for everyone: Are you a clinician? Don’t miss the stream of sessions focused on enhancing clinical practice and improving patient outcomes.

7. Opportunities for practical application: See SNOMED CT in action and get hands-on experience at the education workshops and tutorials.

8. Learn about leading practices: Implementers from a range of private and public organizations will share their lessons learned.

9. (Virtual) networking: No more chasing someone across a conference hall! All you have to do is connect with other attendees and chat with them one-on-one or as part of a group.

10.  Access to the latest SNOMED CT-enabled products and services: Our exhibit hall will feature 15 exhibitors from across the globe.

REGISTER NOW

For more program details, visit https://cvent.me/2PZ9oG

For more details on presenters, visit https://cvent.me/KbdDDB

Questions? Contact us at events@snomed.org





August 11, 2020, London, United Kingdom and Geneva, Switzerland -- SNOMED International and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) have joined forces in an agreement that will pave the way for the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) to be managed, produced, released and distributed by SNOMED International.

This agreement, which is the culmination of years of collaboration between the two organizations, will see ICN retain ownership of ICNP and continue to define its content so that it meets the needs of the global nursing profession. The agreement aligns with increasing global health digitization, the widespread use of SNOMED CT-enabled electronic health records (EHR), and the documentation of ICNP-specific content by nurses around the world.

A significant benefit of this agreement removes the need for countries that currently use both ICNP and SNOMED CT to engage in mapping activities between the two systems, which is an effort that was previously required.

Read the full article about this new agreement and direct inquiries to info@snomed.org. 

Making it a priority to respond to global health concerns and the needs of our Members and affiliates, we have taken several steps to serve the global terminology community since the start of 2020, including:

About the July 2020 SNOMED CT International Edition Release

Continuous quality improvement and enhancement of existing content is an ongoing process undertaken by SNOMED International in preparation for every release. The July 2020 International Release has seen a continuation of the work driven by contributions from Kaiser Permanente i.e. Convergent Medical Terminology, Global Medical Device Nomenclature Agency, Orphanet and other domain specific collaborations, as well as requests received via SNOMED International’s Content Request System. SNOMED CT quality improvement activities have also been advancing through a variety of project driven initiatives summarized within the July 2020 release notes

To learn more about the release and where to access it, visit: https://www.snomed.org/news-and-events/articles/july-31-snomedct-intl-edition-release-available

Since 2007, the Joint Initiative Council (JIC) has been committed to transforming the global healthcare system into one that is digital. The goal is precise: 

Targeting the real-time exchange of information based on full interoperability enabled by global standards.

Download the white paper and learn how nine global standards development organizations serving collectively as the JIC, including SNOMED International, are proudly working together to build and continuously refine coordinated global standards that make high-quality data available to the right people, at the right place and time, supporting high-quality healthcare decisions.

Stay up to date with JIC updates on Twitter and LinkedIn

Visit the JIC and read more about how standards development organizations are working together to further health system interoperability for patients




We are pleased to announce to the SNOMED CT community that registration for the SNOMED CT Expo 2020 virtual conference is now open! This year's event is taking place October 8-9 on our virtual platform. The program features a range of inspiring presenters from all over the world. Your event registration includes:

  • Keynote presentations from internationally renowned author and educator Dr. Ben Goldacre, as well as an esteemed panel of previous James Read lecturers
  • 45 concurrent session presentations across three program streams: Demonstrating Implementation Excellence, Enhancing Clinical Practice and Leading Terminology Practices
  • Tutorial stream delivered by SNOMED International experts
  • Exhibition area and networking opportunities
  • Live Q&A with presenters


Community of Practice members are encouraged to register early; don’t miss this opportunity to virtually meet up with your peers and learn about the new and exciting SNOMED CT work that has been happening globally.

Visit the conference website to learn more about the Expo program and register for the event.

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






What's on this week!

SNOMED International is committed to sharing the ongoing work of the organization and community as it applies to the management and evolution of SNOMED CT. We also strive to broaden our community, providing new ways to reach out and welcome newcomers interested in engaging with us.

The 'What's on this week' calendar presents SNOMED International's scheduled advisory, project and clinical reference group meetings and webinars open to observers. With this calendar you can access meeting information, add to your calendar, subscribe for calendar updates and submit relevant events of your own. 

Access the calendar from the snomed.org homepage, or directly at What's on this week.

Contact comms@snomed.org with any questions, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 





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: