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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

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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?


Read the original post on www.snomed.org 

The Q4 issue of SNOMED International's newsletter, The Concept, is now available. This issue includes a number of organization, Member and event updates:


Contact comms@snomed.org if you are interested in adding content to the Q1 2019 issue of The Concept. 

Heading into October's Business Meeting and 2018 SNOMED CT Expo, the Q3 edition of 'The Concept' is now available. 

As part of the scope of the redesigned SNOMED International website, 'The Concept' quarterly newsletter is now available though the website at https://www.snomed.org/news-and-events/newsletters/2018/q3/newsletter

This edition includes the following organization, Member and events information:

Organization News:

  • New Members in 2018
  • 2018 SNOMED CT Expo Updates
  • SNOMED CT Course Catalogue Launch
  • 2018 Content Achievements
  • July 2018 Release Information
  • Description Logic Update
  • Updated SNOMED CT Editorial Guide
  • Clinical Reference Group - Calls for Participation
  • Technical Services and Clinical Engagement Updates
  • SNOMED CT Authoring Level 1 Pilot


Member and Affiliate News:

  • NHS Digital Case Study
  • Standardizing Digital Vaccination Records
  • NZ Standards Group Accelerating Adoption


Events:

  • Lineup of 2018-19 Organization events and industry conferences


Contribute to the Q4 edition of 'The Concept' by contacting comms@snomed.org 





Genome BC, OHDSI, Canada Health Infoway, The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health are featured organizations at this year's SNOMED CT Expo! 


This year's Expo features:

  • An exciting keynote and concurrent speakers and sessions found here.
  • Top shelf sponsors and Canadian themed delegate bags
  • SNOMED CT & FHIR Day of the Dev for Developers!
  • “Making it real” – SNOMED CT supporting Genomics - 1 day thought leadership session

Visit www.snomedexpo.org to register for these sessions before opportunity passes you by.


SNOMED International is proud to announce the launch of our new website and we're excited to introduce you to our new look.



Our new website provides a clear message of who we are, what we stand for and our diverse range of committed stakeholders.

The new website boasts a clean design and intuitive and consistent site-wide navigation to help you find your way around with ease. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and devices.

We’ve also augmented and reorganized information for prospective Members and licensees, providing clear and easy to understand information about engaging with SNOMED International - including our software and tools, detailed case studies, available education resources and our industry partners.

We’ve reunited a range of our content to the new website, including SNOMED in Action, SNOMED Inside, SNOMED Expo and the Concept Newsletter so that we can attract and retain our audience in a more effective way.

To stay up to date on SNOMED International and SNOMED CT news, we have included a news center which shares our organization news and events, an industry newsfeed as well as what’s trending on the @Snomedct twitter channel. Furthermore, we’ve enabled the website with notifications so that you can subscribe to receive a weekly news digest from the organization.



We’re proud of the new website and feel it creates the experience you’re looking for when you pay us a visit.

Check out the new website at https://www.snomed.org and send your feedback to comms@snomed.org.

SNOMED International now invites Member countries to submit their expressions of interest for hosting the October Business Meeting and SNOMED CT Expo in 2020 and 2021. Please see the document below for full details.


London, United Kingdom, Sept. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cyprus Ministry of Health and SNOMED International jointly announce the addition of Cyprus as the organization’s thirty-fourth Member.

With a developing e-health program across the country’s hospital and health center landscape, Cyprus joins SNOMED International to bring structure and consistency in the sharing of health information for patient care, clinical decision support and research purposes. Within the European region, the promise of cross-border care mobility is believed to be the single most important revolution in healthcare. Preserving the sanctity of patient information through structured data becomes critical to this vision.

SNOMED CT is the world’s most comprehensive and precise health terminology. Founded in 2007 by nine charter nations, SNOMED International is a not-for-profit, member-owned and driven international organization. “SNOMED CT is a core element in building a platform for accurate clinical information exchange and data analysis and SNOMED International applauds Cyprus’s commitment to this vision” states SNOMED International’s CEO, Don Sweete. “With the increasing need to support cross-border health, SNOMED CT is positioned as the best available core reference terminology for cross-border, national and regional eHealth deployments in Europe.”

In recent years, Cyprus is dynamically entering the eHealth era. Codification is an essential part of this journey as health information should be captured, monitored, analyzed and disseminated among health professionals, health policy makers, and the public. Taking part in the European ‘eHealth Network’ project to establish cross border health care, of which the dominant terminology used is SNOMED CT, further supports the need for codification. Through this project, Cyprus has seen this as an opportunity to expand our codification horizons. For this reason, we joined SNOMED CT as a member country, in order to be able to promote health information coding, in a unifying way, among different local health software. The aim of which is to better guide our understanding and comparability of existing health information data.

Vasos Scoutellas, Coordinator of the Health Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Health recognizes the value of membership in SNOMED International for Cyprus. “At the Health Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Health of Cyprus, myself, as the coordinator, and my colleagues, fully endorse the promotion, adoption and deployment of SNOMED CT in the health system of Cyprus. With its use, as a country, we will have a uniform way of documenting health issues. This will help us to have better and comparable statistics within the country.”

Cyprus becomes the 21st Member in the European, Middle East and African region to join SNOMED International, setting the expectation for increased interoperability as well as the promise of leveraging learnings amongst its regional and international counterparts. SNOMED CT becomes part of the Cyprus national infrastructure to ensure the exchange of accurate, relevant and timely information across all the information systems to support direct care, self-care and secondary uses of health information.

 

About SNOMED International:

SNOMED International is a not-for-profit organization that owns and develops SNOMED CT, the world's most comprehensive healthcare terminology product. We play an essential role in improving the health of humankind by determining standards for a codified language that represents groups of clinical terms. This enables healthcare information to be exchanged globally for the benefit of patients and other stakeholders. We are committed to the rigorous evolution of our products and services, to deliver continuous innovation for the global healthcare community. SNOMED International is the trading name of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation.

To learn more about SNOMED International and SNOMED CT, visit www.snomed.org.


About the Cyprus Ministry of Health

The mission of the Ministry of Health is the continuous improvement of the health of the population of Cyprus, through the prevention of disease, and the provision to every citizen of high level health care, respecting the rights of every patient to high quality medical care delivered with dignity.  Health information technology exists in two public hospitals (out of seven) and in in few health centers. Over the subsequent five years, Cyprus will implement a new health information system across all public hospitals and health centers.

The Health Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Health is responsible with providing its society with necessary and useful information, as well as high quality knowledge of public health issues. We have developed and maintained national registries on births, deaths, cancer, HIV/AIDS and public hospital discharge summaries. In addition, we are responsible for the implementation of health information codification in Cyprus. In this context, we will promote and support the adoption and deployment of SNOMED CT among all health professionals.  

Visit the Ministry of Health of Cyprus, Health Monitoring Unit to learn more.

Read the press release on Global Newswire.

London, United Kingdom, Aug. 28, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SNOMED International and Electronic Health Solutions are pleased to announce that Jordan has recently joined the organization as its thirty-fifth Member.

Electronic Health Solutions (EHS), Jordan’s representative to SNOMED International, is a nonprofit company mandated to advance the public healthcare sector and transform health care through the provision of automated solutions that enhance the quality and efficiency. Through its flagship program “Hakeem” which was launched in 2009 upon a profound vision of his Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein, EHS is responsible for the implementation of a nationwide Electronic Health Record solution for the Ministry of Health and Royal Medical Services as well as King Hussein Cancer Center and the National’s Women’s Health Care Center.


With membership in SNOMED International, EHS has committed nationwide support for structured clinical terminology in support of Jordan’s strategic health goals. The scope of Jordan’s 2018-2022 e-Health strategy includes unifying protocols, medical procedures and terminologies within all healthcare bodies in the Kingdom, presenting a clear role for SNOMED CT as a reference terminology.

SNOMED CT is the world’s most comprehensive health terminology. Founded in 2007 by nine charter nations, SNOMED International is a not-for-profit, member-owned and driven international organization. The addition of Jordan has grown the organization’s Membership to thirty-five countries and territories across five continents. SNOMED International CEO, Don Sweete, is excited to welcome Jordan to the community of the organization’s Members. With Jordan’s Membership to SNOMED International, EHS has crossed the threshold enabling Jordan to leverage SNOMED CT for the nationwide benefit of their healthcare system.”  He adds, “I applaud his Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein for his vision for healthcare within Jordan, and welcome Jordan to our thriving and collaborative Community of Practice.”

EHS CEO, Eng. Feras Kamal stressed on the vital role played by the company in unifying medical terminology between all healthcare entities throughout Jordan as this will be of great value in big data analytics.

Kamal, also points out the importance of this collaboration as it is the first step in placing Jordan as a recognized reference for medical terminology in the Arab World.

Jordan becomes the second country in the Middle East region to join SNOMED International, laying the groundwork for increased interoperability as well as the promise of leveraging learnings amongst its regional and international counterparts.

To learn more about SNOMED International and SNOMED CT, visit www.snomed.org.

To learn more about Electronic Health Solutions visit https://ehs.com.jo.


About SNOMED International:

SNOMED International is a not-for-profit organization that owns and develops SNOMED CT, the world's most comprehensive healthcare terminology product. We play an essential role in improving the health of humankind by determining standards for a codified language that represents groups of clinical terms. This enables healthcare information to be exchanged globally for the benefit of patients and other stakeholders. We are committed to the rigorous evolution of our products and services, to deliver continuous innovation for the global healthcare community. SNOMED International is the trading name of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO.)


About Electronic Health Solutions:

Electronic Health Solutions (EHS) was founded in early 2009 to advance the healthcare sector in Jordan. EHS is an innovative technology-driven, private, non-profit company that effectively provides automated solutions to enhance the quality and efficiency of Jordanian public healthcare services.

In collaboration with strategic healthcare and technology partners, EHS is driving the future of electronic health in Jordan. These key stakeholders (owners) include the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MoICT), Royal Medical Services (RMS), King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF), Royal Health Awareness Society, Private Hospitals Association and King Abdulla II Fund for Development.

EHS exclusively oversees three key initiatives that utilize technology to advance the quality of healthcare services in Jordan’s public health sector. The programs operated by EHS comprise Hakeem program, the Electronic Library of Medicine-Jordan (ELM) and Hakeem Academy.


Access the press release via Globe Newswire