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We’re looking to build awareness and obtain community feedback on proposed changes to improve the clinical quality and consistency of the radiology hierarchy. Recently, our Chief Terminologist Dr James Case and Senior Terminologist Maria Braithwaite developed a briefing note outlining why the hierarchy needs to be revised and how stakeholders can provide feedback. Today, we posted on our website a blog they co-wrote, which provides additional details and explains in more depth the challenges with the current hierarchy and the work that needs to be done to avoid inconsistencies and confusion in the future. The blog explains how the work will proceed and roll out, and, importantly, how it will avoid any negative impacts to existing implementations.

It also provides details of our goals, the scope of the work and the timeline, as well as how people can get involved and help shape this work. In addition to requesting feedback, we want to build awareness, so please share it with anyone you think might be interested.

Read the blog here

Read the briefing note here

For more information, contact Jim Case at or Maria Braithwaite at 

June 23, 2023

SNOMED International and The Croatian Ministry of Health are pleased to announce that the Republic of Croatia has joined SNOMED International. 

With a population of nearly 4 million, Croatia is the latest European country to join SNOMED International since the March 2022 announcement that the European Union (EU) will provide its Member States with 60 per cent funding towards SNOMED International membership until 2027, via the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA).

“Highly developed with a fully integrated, globalized economy, Croatia made eHealth a priority in its 2021-2027 national health development plan, which is consistent with our comprehensive healthcare reform," says Croatian health Minister Vili Beroš on the occasion of Croatia joining SNOMED International...

Read the full announcement at and contact with inquiries. 

SNOMED International is pleased to announce that the October 2023 Business Meetings schedule and SNOMED CT Expo 2023 program have been confirmed, and registration is now open.

The hybrid Business Meetings will be held from October 21-25, 2023, followed by SNOMED CT Expo from October 26-27, both located at the Starling Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

SNOMED CT Expo 2023 will also be delivered online, with Zoom Events.

Please visit the links below for more information:

October 2023 Business Meetings Schedule

SNOMED CT Expo 2023

Attending the Business Meetings online?

Zoom links for all ‘open’ meetings will be shared on the SNOMED CT "What's on this Week."

Please note that pre-registration for these is not required.  

Coming to Atlanta?

SNOMED International has negotiated a special delegate rate at the venue, available to book until Thursday, 5th October 2023 (subject to availability). Spaces are limited so we advise that you act now and take advantage of their flexible cancellation policy.

Please click here to book your room. (Select 'Attendee' as guest type - no access code is required).

We hope to see you there - either in Atlanta, or online!



SNOMED International would like to remind our community members that we are currently seeking volunteers to serve on the Modeling Advisory Group (MAG), with the deadline for submitting a nomination being Friday, 30 June 2023.

Please see this post for full details:

SNOMED International: Modelling Advisory Group Call for Nominations, Deadline: Friday 30 June 2023

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.

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

June 15, 2023

SNOMED International has welcomed Andorra, a small, mountainous European country situated between France and Spain to its growing global organization. Andorra will join a vibrant community of 47 Members globally.

Andorra has embarked on a digital transformation project with the goal of digitizing services across the entire government and its national health system. This project highlights the need to take a comprehensive, intersectoral and interdisciplinary approach to health care, ensure better patient outcomes, and consolidate the system. Andorra is in the process of creating interoperable frameworks that support the meaningful sharing of health information. The adoption and use of standard terminologies within the electronic health record (EHR) are fundamental to these movements...

Read the full announcement at and contact with inquiries. 

June 14, 2023

SNOMED International and the Republic of Poland are pleased to announce that the Central European nation has rejoined SNOMED International, now a vibrant community of 46 Members globally. A country of almost 38 million, Poland has the sixth largest economy in the European Union by GDP. 

Poland will be represented at SNOMED International by the country’s Centrum e-Zdrowia (e-Health Centre), which implements IT projects that are key to the functioning of the healthcare system in Poland. The e-Health Centre is also responsible for carrying out tasks related to building an information society. It creates digital services and solutions that support the work of medical professionals and facilitate the management of health matters for citizens...

Read the full announcement at and contact with inquiries. 

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 Group: 

    • Modeling (MAG)

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, 30 June 2023 Applications will be reviewed by the AG Chairs and their recommendations will be put forward to the CEO for final approval. All candidates will be notified of the results by email in July. 

Application Checklist
Applicants, please make sure you include the following items in your email submission to

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

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

SNOMED International is recruiting up to 5 annotators for an exciting project being run by SNOMED International to create an Entity Linking Challenge, encoding unstructured patient data with SNOMED CT using AI techniques. 

The project is set to commence in July 2023 and is estimated that the work will equal a minimum of 20 hours per week over a 2 month period. Annotators will be compensated $60USD per hour. 

Requirements for annotators: 

  • Able to annotate clinical notes over a 2 month period or approximately 
  • Attend a training workshop and participate in weekly team quality review meetings
  • Fluent in English
  • Able to work remotely
  • Complete the MIT PhysioNet clinical data training (around 2 hours) before the project commences
  • Previous exposure to coding using SNOMED CT
  • Possess one of the following backgrounds: 
  1. Clinical practice in a primary care setting. This could include medical students who have completed several placements or rotations in the appropriate institutions.
  2. Clinical coders with at least one year’s experience.
  3. People with a year’s past experience annotating medical notes to SNOMED CT for the purpose of clinical product development or natural language processing.

Please send your resume and letter of interest to SNOMED International ( Deadline to submit is Friday, June 9, 2023.

SNOMED International recently released its 2022 Annual Report, which presents the organization’s progress against the SNOMED International 2020-2025 strategy, details its activities over the past year, and provides a record of the year’s financial position.

Titled Collaborating for Impact: The Achievements of a Dynamic Global Community, the 2022 Annual Report details our extensive activities throughout the year with various stakeholders across the globe, including the addition of 3 new SNOMED International Members. It also includes a number of global success stories, each focusing on SNOMED CT initiatives that helped our Members achieve specific outcomes...

Read full announcement.

Contact for information. 

Once annually in October, SNOMED International and an individual Member country work together to hold an internationally-attended SNOMED CT event. The event is comprised of a four-day Business Meeting and a two-day SNOMED CT Expo, supplemented with regional and culturally focused social activities.

SNOMED International now invites 'Expressions of Interest' from Member host countries for the SNOMED International October Business Meetings and SNOMED CT Expo 2025.

To maintain equality among the 3 global regions, proposals for 2025 are sought from:

  • 2025: EMEA Region Members


  • Submit Verbal/Email Expressions of Interest for Review by July 10, 2023
  • Submit Formal Proposals by October 2, 2023
  • Review of Formal Proposals by SNOMED International & Management Board: January 2024
  • Successful October 2025 Member host country decided upon and announced at the April 2024 Business Meetings.

Learn more about Member country hosting, how to apply and the selection process involved on the October Business Meetings & SNOMED CT Expo - Prospective Host Resource Page.

Questions? Please contact your applicable CSRM representative, or the Communications team:

Customer Relations Executives:

Communications Executive:

SNOMED International is developing a three-episode podcast pilot project

To help us better understand if you currently listen to podcasts, the content you like to listen to and whether you would be interested in a SNOMED International podcast, we are asking you to complete a short survey.

We also want to know if you have suggestions as to topics and potential guests, and if you would like to participate as a guest or host.

Thank you for your support in launching this exciting new initiative!

For more information, contact

You can find the survey here: Please note it will be open until May 11, 2023.

We encourage you to share this link with your colleagues and others in the SNOMED International community, as not everyone has Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.

On May 2, 2023, the window to submit an abstract for this year’s Expo in Atlanta closes


Reach out to prospective colleagues and contacts, share information about the SNOMED CT Expo Call for Abstracts, and encourage them to submit an oral presentation or e-poster abstract! The more abstracts we receive, the better the quality of the conference overall.

Important details to share:

This year’s event will be held in Atlanta, GA, also known as “the city in a forest,” from October 26-27, 2023.

Submissions must focus on using SNOMED CT in a product, service or research context across one of the four program streams: 

  • Enhancing Clinical Practice and Outcomes
  • Terminology Leading Practices
  • Demonstrating Implementation Excellence
  • Advances in Research and Innovation 

Why submit?

It’s a great professional opportunity and it helps build the global SNOMED CT knowledge base.  It’s also just a fun, rewarding and educational event that many in the SNOMED International community enjoy attending every year!

Check out for guidelines and the link to submit.

This year’s hybrid business meetings hosted more than 30+ keynote, governance, advisory, working, project and clinical reference groups, with participation from more than 160 delegates onsite, and 500+ logins on Zoom. 

Videos and Presentations

Opening Plenary

Our Future Health CEO, Dr. Andy Roddam, delivers the 2023 April Business Meeting Keynote, followed by the SNOMED International Community Updates. 

Keynote (Video, Presentation)

Community Updates (Video, Presentation)

Closing Plenary

Reports from each of the advisory, working, project, user and clinical reference groups, chaired by Jim Case and Rory Davidson. 

Business Meeting reports (Video, Presentation)

Looking ahead

We look forward to seeing you again in Atlanta for the October Business Meetings and 2023 SNOMED CT Expo. Don’t forget to submit your abstract to be highlighted in the event’s concurrent program. Share your SNOMED CT experiences with our international community.  



SNOMED International encourages you to consider submitting nominations for the following awards, acknowledging individual contributions to our organization and community: 

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

In 2022, the Award for Excellence was awarded to Alejandro Mauro of Chile and Vicky Fung of Hong Kong, China, and both David Markwell and Jeremy Thorp were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Your Challenge?

  • Think about someone who is worthy; Someone deserving, and someone who should be honored at the SNOMED International Awards Dinner in Atlanta this October.
  • Note: An employee of SNOMED International is eligible to nominate someone so long as they find someone from the Community of Practice to serve as a co-nominator.

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

Please reference the awards policies and forms attached to this post, or visit the Awards Page for more information.  

We look forward to formally recognizing excellence among the SNOMED International Community at October's planned Awards Dinner in Atlanta.

Contact for more information. 

We hope to hear from you soon!


From a collection of 9 charter Members in 2007, SNOMED International has now grown to 47 Members across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions. The drive for structured data within national health systems around the world has continued the adoption and uptake of the SNOMED CT clinical terminology. 

Ahead of SNOMED International’s annual April Business Meetings next week, the organization welcomes our new Members (in order of their joining date), providing our community with some initial information about each Member. 


Indonesia joined SNOMED International at the end of 2022 and became the 12th Member in the Asia Pacific region. In July 2022, Indonesia's Health Ministry launched the Indonesia Health Services platform as a way to deliver on the country's health technology strategy. The ONEHEALTHY initiative is a platform of data connectivity, analysis, and services to support the integration of applications across health facilities. Leveraging SNOMED CT, the Ministry’s approach will aim to integrate and standardize health data and exchange.


Our first Member in the Caribbean region, Jamaica, an island country of the West Indies and the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea after Cuba and Hispaniola, has a population of almost 3 million. It announced its plans to digitally transform its health sector in September 2021 and has since worked toward those goals employing the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model, a knowledge-sharing approach that connects expert teams with primary care physicians.


SNOMED International welcomed Poland back to the SNOMED CT community on the 31st of January. Poland’s outlook to 2030 strategy document highlights the approach the country is employing to advance its healthcare system and sets new principles, objectives and priorities for the economic, social, health and spatial development of its citizens. The renewed plan to adopt SNOMED CT in Poland supports the realization of another key element of its strategy – ensuring that medical professionals are able to electronically document and easily share patient data.


The most recent Member to SNOMED International on the 28th of March, Andorra is a very small, independent principality situated between France and Spain in the Pyrenees mountains. The country’s National Health Service is engaged in massive digital transformation and Andorra is in the process of building a national patient-centered digital health system, complemented with a national health portal that will demand seamless and accurate access to all available patient health records. 

Watch out for more detailed information on our new Members in the coming weeks. 

Interested in attending the April Business Meetings onsite or online? Visit 

Questions? Contact