Dear SNOMED CT Community Members,
We are busy preparing the welcome packages for the forthcoming April 2021 Business Meetings and would like to remind you that this Wednesday (March 31st) is the deadline for ensuring you are on the list to receive one.
As previously announced, all attendees of the event must register online to gain access to meetings.
If you have yet to sign up and you intend to attend any of the available sessions, please register via the button below as soon as possible:
Further information can be found in our previous reminder post.
Questions? Please contact us via email@example.com
"See" you there!
The SNOMED International Events Team
Dear SNOMED CT Community and staff members,
We would like to remind all those who wish to attend the forthcoming virtual April 2021 Business Meetings (including representatives on our Governance groups) that you must register online to gain access to meetings.
Please click here to view the full event schedule.
If you have yet to do so, and intend to attend any of the available sessions, please register via the link below at your nearest convenience:
Logging in to the simplified virtual platform will give you instant access to the following:
- Entry to all sessions that are available to you - with no individual Zoom links needed
- The keynote by Dr Tom Hughes at 12:00 UTC on Tues 20th (followed by the Open General Assembly)
- Our Networking Hub, where you can see who else is online and connect with other attendees via messaging, live chat and/or 1:1 video calls
- The SNOMED CT for Clinicians webinar (12:00-15:00 UTC on Thurs 22nd), including an esteemed keynote speaker
- A Resource Gallery of on-demand content including the April 2021 Community Updates, plus a library of educational videos for clinicians
If you need any further incentive, please bear in mind that early registration (before March 31, 2021) puts you in the running to receive a welcome pack of goodies that you don't want to miss
Questions? Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
"See" you there!
The SNOMED International Events Team
A sneak peak at our virtual platform - a simple solution for the Business Meetings:
SENT ON BEHALF OF DON SWEETE
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, SNOMED International recognizes the continued risk to health and wellbeing the virus poses to each facet of our global community. This reality, coupled with international travel restrictions has made many locations worldwide not in a position to host our April Business Meetings.
The General Assembly Executive, Management Board and I have therefore made the decision to hold the forthcoming Business Meetings as a fully virtual event from April 19-22, 2021.
The Communications Team is currently configuring new events tooling, including an enhanced events platform and mobile app that will provide a cohesive experience for our community. The platform will focus on seamless Zoom integration, and has increased networking functionality for our attendees, like 1:1 video chat and the ability to set up spontaneous breakout groups.
This means that the April 2021 Business Meetings will be coordinated with more structure than those held virtually in 2020, including a formal registration process, central platform and schedule, multimedia SNOMED CT Community Updates, featured Keynote speaker and our Open General Assembly, open to all to attend.
We encourage the Chairs of our working groups to request meeting time via this form if you have yet to do so.
Registration for the event is set to open in mid February, when further announcements will be sent. Currently, we plan to next convene face to face for the October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2021 in Lisbon, Portugal from October 23-29. This decision will continue to be assessed as the global situation persists.
I thank you for your ongoing support and encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or inquiries you have as a result of this decision.
CEO, SNOMED International
London, United Kingdom, January 6, 2021 -- Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has announced their membership in SNOMED International for national use of SNOMED CT from the beginning of January 2021.
SNOMED CT, the world’s most comprehensive clinical terminology and a recognized critical element for the electronic exchange of health data, is an important building block to achieve Germany’s digitization initiative. Effective January 1, 2021, German users can register to request a free license for use of SNOMED CT by visiting the BfArM’s National Release Center website.
BfArM President Prof. Dr. Karl Broich shares, “with SNOMED CT, the digitization of the healthcare system in Germany continues. As an international standardized health terminology, SNOMED CT is an important prerequisite for the reliable use and exchange of medical data from various sources to enable clinical and research activities. This is how we accelerate innovative developments and deliver new types of care options more quickly to patients.”
Germany's Member page is being finalized with our German NRC and will be posted shortly. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Wrapping up 2020 and looking forward to an exciting 2021
By Don Sweete, CEO
As 2020 winds to a close, it’s safe to say that this has been a year like no other in recent memory. Like you, all of us at SNOMED International have experienced the loss of everyday life as we know it and the global health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am thankful that SNOMED International has found a way to collaborate with our Members, partners and community of practice to contribute to the heroic efforts of scientists, researchers and clinicians to diagnose, treat and contain the coronavirus. We acted quickly early in the year to update SNOMED CT with COVID-19 content, enabling real-time use by stakeholders during the pandemic, and made this content freely available in the Global Patient Set. We are an organization that strongly supports collaboration. In this spirit, we participated in the COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance and the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, both of which offer resources for clinical, demographic and administrative concept use relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A growing community driven by strategy
On a positive note, we kicked off our 2020-2025 Strategy in January, laying the foundation for many product enhancements and innovations. We also welcomed the Republic of Korea to the SNOMED International family, and expect to have additional new Members to announce in early 2021.
As an organization, we also mourned the passing of our Management Board Chair, Lady Barbara Judge CBE, whose positive impact will live on forever, even as we continue to miss her energetic presence, and welcomed new Members of our Management Board to guide us through the subsequent years of our Strategy.
Another achievement I am proud of this year is our commitment to enhancing SNOMED CT’s content to meet evolving global needs. Social determinants of health content coverage within SNOMED CT is a perfect example of this. Initiated this year with a project slated to wrap up in 2022, we expect it will enable a much broader and more holistic view of not just individuals but entire populations.
We always seek to strengthen our collaborations and this year marked a number of partnership-related successes. This August, we announced a groundbreaking agreement with the International Council of Nurses providing for the International Classification for Nursing Practice to be managed, produced, released and distributed by SNOMED International. We also teamed up with the American Medical Association to demonstrate how the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) and SNOMED CT work together to deliver better outcomes and enhanced resource utilization throughout the health ecosystem.
A virtual SNOMED CT Expo
Making the call to substitute the in-person annual SNOMED CT conference with an entirely virtual event was tough, but it was the right thing to do to keep everyone safe. Judging from the record number of registrants and the overwhelmingly positive feedback, it appears those who attended found it engaging, interesting and useful. If you missed the conference, the virtual platform is available until early January and you can access it here.
Another key activity from 2020 is the launch of our SNOMED CT Value Series, which debuted at the virtual Expo. The first chapter features the New Zealand Canterbury District Health Board. You can view the videos in the virtual Expo platform or on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned in 2021 for more great examples of how health care organizations around the globe are using SNOMED CT to drive benefits for their patients/citizens and their health care systems.
As 2020 draws to a close, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of all of this work and progress, whether you attended one of our webinars, contributed to SNOMED CT content development, worked with us as a partner, joined as a Member country or participated in any other way. I would like to offer a special thank you to the Board and our Members for their continuing support along with the staff who worked tirelessly all year. We look forward to announcing more achievements on our five-year strategy in 2021 and we hope you will continue to be a part of our big global family!
In closing I wish everyone a fun, festive and safe holiday season.
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Released November 23, 2020
SNOMED International has released a series of videos that demonstrate the value that a healthcare system is deriving from implementing and using SNOMED CT.
The first chapter of the SNOMED CT Value Series, which focuses on New Zealand’s Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), highlights the advances the organization has made in realizing its vision of a connected, integrated system that supports the country’s Healthy Ageing strategy and enables it to better serve its population.
There is more energy than ever in rolling out SNOMED CT as a key clinical information standard for an equitable New Zealand health and disability system, one that is data-driven and digitally enabled.
SNOMED CT: A piece of the digital health ecosystem as CDHB realizes multiple benefits
- 30 percent lower emergency department use than the national average
- 30 percent lower acute medical admission rate than the national average
- Held 2019 bed use to same numbers as in 2007 while serving a population that had grown by 80,000
- Identified vertebral fracture patients who had not received care or whose cases had been misclassified
- Saved a year of clinician time by automating previously manual processes
- Interoperable across best-of-breed systems
- Ability to link clinical tools via a SNOMED code
- Ability to search for pathways and hierarchies and improved user search experience
November 4, 2020
For over a year, SNOMED International has proposed to the Community of Practice an enhancement to SNOMED CT by adding the capability to express Concrete Domain values. This enhancement will initially target improvements in the Pharmaceutical / biologic product hierarchy. This feature will be used to better express strengths and concentrations of clinical drugs as well as ingredient counts, specifically supplying clinical drug strengths as true numbers, rather than using the existing work-around of concepts which represent those numbers.
Following on from past communications, SNOMED International is providing more technical details of the planned transition. Please see here for details of the current proposed technical changes. Throughout this transition, note that the technical proposal is still in the consultation stage, and changes may still be made before the final solution is implemented.
The transition to concrete domains has been discussed and agreed upon with numerous stakeholders from the community, and as such is targeted to be implemented over the course of the next two International Release cycles.
In Q1, 2021, A technical preview will be published in line with the January 2021 International Edition, with drug concept strengths and counts expressed as concrete values in the new Relationships file, and currently planned to be a full RF2 International Edition package.
Targeted for Q3 2021, the July 2021 International Edition will be the first release after the transition to Concrete Domains, which will impact inferred relationship file changes and stated axiom file changes to the RF2 package as well as making additional features available in the International Edition. A detailed account of these changes can be reviewed on SNOMED International’s January 2021 Early Visibility Release Notice page by following the link and searching “concrete domains.”
If you foresee any critical issues with the transition plans, or have any questions regarding any of these upcoming changes, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Concrete Domains transition question” in the subject line.
SNOMED CT Expo 2020 & October Business Meetings
October 5-9, 2020 - Virtual Sessions
Now we have had a chance to catch our collective breath, SNOMED International would like to express our gratitude to the Community of Practice for making our first-ever virtual SNOMED CT conference a huge success! Whether you were a Business Meeting participant, a SNOMED CT Expo 2020 delegate, speaker, exhibitor or sponsor - your involvement was crucial to such a positive outcome (and a true representation of the global interest in SNOMED CT).
The results at a glance:
- Our biggest Expo ever: Almost 1,900 delegates registered, with 1,195 unique live event attendees (typical Expo registration is in the 300-400 range)
- A truly global event: delegates from 60+ countries (typical Expo is 30+ countries represented). To date, registrants have hailed from countries all over the world, with 34% from the Americas, 40% from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 22% from Asia Pacific, and the rest from other regions.
- No time-zone or financial barrier to delegate attendance: 16,000 session views so far (live and on-demand); over 28,000 content downloads, and almost 9,000 visits to exhibitor booths.
There was also a strong show of support from those that joined the October 2020 Virtual Business Meetings, including the Open General Assembly and the SNOMED CT for Clinicians sessions. Documents and recordings (including our Community Updates) are located here for your reference.
Virtual Expo sessions and Exhibit Hall available until January 8, 2021:
Did you miss a concurrent session or an exhibitor booth you wanted to attend or explore? You can still access them all. Plus, you can continue to submit questions to presenters via the Q&A tool, or contact exhibitors through the ‘Chat with Us’ function (both will send an email to the appropriate party).
Visit https://snomed.6connex.com/event/sctexpo/login and sign in with your conference credentials. If you didn’t register before the conference, you can still register to access the content.
Expo evaluation survey and feedback:
Nothing replaces interacting with people face-to-face, but we hope you found participating virtually to be a worthwhile endeavour. We highly value your feedback, so if you haven’t done so yet please complete the evaluation survey: https://bit.ly/34Tf5uL
Events in 2021:
Stay tuned over the coming months for more information on our next events - the April Business Meetings (April 17-21, 2021), and the October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2021 (October 23-29, 2021) to be held in Lisbon, Portugal (barring any further COVID-19- related international travel complications).
We very much hope to see you there!
Thank you for the strong show of support from those of you among the community that joined Tuesday's virtual Open General Assembly.
For those interested, Business Meeting and Open General Assembly documents are located on the October 2020 Business Meetings confluence page for your reference.
Please direct any questions regarding updates or presentations to email@example.com.
First launched in September 2019, SNOMED International has issued its second release of the Global Patient Set (GPS) to support health system interoperability. A slice of SNOMED CT, the GPS is a managed collection of existing reference sets, available to any user at no cost. It's positioned to support cross border interoperability and enhanced digital maturity as users move towards decision support and full analytics capabilities in their respective strategies.
Met with great success with its inaugural release, the 2019 year saw over 500 downloads of the GPS from a variety of interested parties worldwide.
September 2020 Release
The GPS offers clinical content across dentistry, renal, family & general practice and nursing areas, and includes IHE, DICOM and HL7 International Patient Summary (IPS) domains and activities. Of particular relevance, the IPS is a minimal and non-exhaustive patient summary dataset containing essential healthcare information for use in the unscheduled, cross-border care scenario, as well as for local, regional and other care scenarios. SNOMED CT content supports the HL7 IPS and also the terminology to underpin the CEN European Standard for the Patient Summary. Through the GPS, these SNOMED CT terms are available free for use in HL7 CDA R2 implementations and FHIR IPS Implementations Guides worldwide, supporting the joint goal of cross border sharing and reuse of information.
In terms of newly added content, in March 2020, the World Health Organization formally characterized Coronavirus, COVID-19, as a global pandemic and health systems worldwide are continuing their efforts to manage the outbreak. COVID-19 content included in the January 2020 release was subsequently updated in March 2020 with SNOMED International issuing an elective release falling outside of its customary release cycle. January and updated March COVID-19 content has been added to the scope of the September 2020 GPS release to support the recording and sharing of healthcare data during the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing and relevant SNOMED CT content has also been added to the GPS and can be referenced at http://snomed.org/covid-19.
In terms of consuming the GPS, from the 2020 Release onwards, SNOMED International will also be publishing an RF2 formatted package containing the GPS refset content. This Refset will follow normal RF2 conventions, and will therefore retain a full historical audit trail of all changes to the GPS refset from that point onwards.
October Business Meetings
October 5-9, 2020 - Virtual Sessions
Dear SNOMED CT Community members,
We would like to draw your attention to the following sessions taking place as part of next week's October Business Meetings. Please click the 'register now' buttons to confirm you attendance, we hope to 'see' you there!
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
13:00-15:00 UTC: SNOMED for Clinicians
15:00-15:30 UTC: Break
15:30-17:00 UTC: Concurrent CRG meetings (see our What's on this Week calendar for details)
17:00-17:30 UTC: Closing Clinical plenary
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!
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.