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We need your valuable nominations for the SNOMED International awards. The deadline is June 30.

SNOMED International has two awards: the Award for Excellence (given annually) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (given periodically). 

An employee of SNOMED International is eligible to nominate someone so long as he or she finds someone else from the Community of Practice to be a co-nominator.

Information about the awards is available at https://ihtsdo.freshdesk.com/solution/folders/4000010554

So think about someone who is worthy. Someone who deserves it. Someone who should be honored at the SNOMED International gala dinner in Bratislava this October.

The nomination forms are attached for convenience and should be submitted to info@snomed.org. We look forward to receiving them back completed from you!

And on behalf of all of us at SNOMED International, a warm thank you!

Within NHS Wales, an electronic patient record system has been developed since 2009 with a focus on a core generic clinical information model built using SNOMED CT.

Mark Wardle, Consultant Neurologist, at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Andy Spencer, Chair of the Informatics for Quality Committee, have recently produced a case study of the implementation of SNOMED CT in an online clinical database in Wales.

The case study outlines how SNOMED CT has proven clinical benefits, including supporting:

  • Direct patient care by making information available immediately to staff at the point of care
  • Clinical governance and service provision by making aggregated data immediately available in live reporting
  • Clinical research with a focus on generic and disease-specific patient outcomes. 

Read the linked case study to learn more.

Momentum is building for SNOMED CT Expo 2017 in Bratislava and registration has now launched.

Watch our video to learn more about this year’s promising event and be among the first to confirm your attendance in Bratislava this year.

REGISTER BEFORE 17TH JULY FOR EARLY-BIRD PRICING!*

*Early-Bird deadline now extended to accommodate the 3rd July notification for potential presenters

Please note: Registration for the SNOMED International October 2018 Business Meeting (14th-19th Oct) is combined with the Expo this year, so please select both events if you may be attending these meetings. Further information about the meeting schedule will be shared as soon as it is available.

New Keynote Speakers & Exhibitors Confirmed:

Call for Papers Now Closed:

Thank you for time and effort in contributing to the excellence of the SNOMED CT Expo 2017. Call for papers officially closed on May 19th so the program committee is hard at work assessing submissions and will notify successful submitters by July 3rd.

REGISTER TODAY: http://www.snomedexpo.org/register-now

Visit http://www.snomedexpo.org/ to stay informed on Expo 2017 news and updates, or join our mailing list at http://bit.ly/2s0fUNf

Contact snomedctexpo@snomed.org if you require any assistance.

Located in the heart of Europe in Bratislava, Slovakia, SNOMED CT Expo 2017 brings the world’s greatest thinkers together to discuss the global language of healthcare: SNOMED CT. The 2017 conference programme focuses the conversation on your experiences, achievements and enhancements of SNOMED CT. 

Please see below and attached for SNOMED International’s communication issued yesterday in official response to the "Assessing SNOMED CT for Large Scale eHealth Deployments in the EU” report:

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Begin forwarded message:
Subject: SNOMED International Response: ASSESS CT Final Report & Recommendations
Date: May 18, 2017 at 10:53:35 AM EDT
To: The ASSESS CT Consortium
Please find attached SNOMED International’s response to the "Assessing SNOMED CT for Large Scale eHealth Deployments in the EU” report.  SNOMED International recognizes ASSESS CT for its leadership throughout this initiative as well as the opportunity to participate and respond.


Sincerely,
Don Sweete | Chief Executive Officer
SNOMED International
One Kingdom Street | Paddington Central | London W2 6BD | United Kingdom


Please note that the deadline for submissions closes this Friday 19th May 2017 (21:00 UTC).

Click here to submit your paper and poster ideas on the following themes today!

  • SNOMED in Action
    Your practical, first-hand experiences using SNOMED CT in clinical solutions
  • Enhancing Clinical Practice using SNOMED CT 
    The clinical achievements that have been made possible with SNOMED CT
  • Leveraging SNOMED CT
    Your developments and enhancements of the SNOMED CT product

Read more about conference themes and review submission guidelines.

Please contact snomedctexpo@snomed.org if you require any assistance.

SNOMED CT Expo 2017 brings the world’s greatest thinkers together to discuss the global language of healthcare: SNOMED CT. The 2017 conference programme focuses the conversation on your experiences, achievements and enhancements of SNOMED CT. 

Located in the heart of Europe in Bratislava, Slovakia, it follows successful events in New Zealand, Sydney, Stockholm, Washington DC, Amsterdam and Montevideo. Conference delegates include local and international leading experts, as well as those who are newer to the SNOMED CT community and health terminology.

NHS Digital's director of digital transformation says "I need SNOMED clinical terminology to become the central building block of information sharing across health and social care."

Photo courtesy of DigitalHealth.net

May 8 2017
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NHS Digital will be having a “big drive” on standardising clinical terminology across health and social care, according to one of its leaders.

Beverley Bryant, the organisation’s director of digital transformation, told delegates at the UK e-Health Week conference that such standardisation was critical for data sharing.

“What is the point of being a national health service if we don’t capitalise on the national nature of it through standardisation of our clinical terminology?”

She told the London audience on Thursday that: “I need SNOMED clinical terminology to become the central building block of information sharing across health and social care”.

In October 2015, NHS Digital (then known as the Health & Social Care Information Centre) said that all primary care systems needed to switch from Read Codes to the SNOMED system for clinical technology by end of December 2016, with the rest of the healthcare system following suit by April 2020.

Both systems are sets of numerical machine readable codes and human readable descriptions which can be used to uniquely identify clinical concepts.

Bryant said that primary care was not the issue – “it’s in secondary care that we’ve got a lot more work to do”.

She also said that NHS Digital has started work on a social care dictionary for SNOMED terminology.

Bryant said that standardisation “does reduce data collection burdens and transform how we share information and data”.

A few examples were given of how datasets were being linked across the healthcare system, including via the Child Protection – Information Sharing (CPIS) programme.

CP-IS is now receiving 1,000 hits a week between social care and selected healthcare teams, according to Bryant, and was described as a “really useful intervention for frontline patient care”. However, the rollout of the system has been slower than was initially hoped.

NHS Digital’s commissioning last year of the Professional Record Standards Body to develop standards for e-discharge summaries from emergency departments to GPs – it will do so in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians – was also referenced.

Bryant concluded the speech by saying whatever the result of the upcoming general election, the momentum and pace that is now in health IT cannot be halted.

Throughout the conferences, questions to speakers from national bodies were not allowed due to purdah.

SourceDigitalHealth.net

Expo 2017 brings the world’s greatest thinkers together to discuss the global language of healthcare: SNOMED CT. The 2017 conference programme focuses the conversation on your experiences, achievements and enhancements of SNOMED CT.

Due to popular demand we have now extended the deadline for submissions to close on Friday 19th May 2017 (21:00 UTC).

Click here to submit your paper and poster ideas on the following themes today!

  • SNOMED in Action
    Your practical, first-hand experiences using SNOMED CT in clinical solutions
  • Enhancing Clinical Practice using SNOMED CT 
    The clinical achievements that have been made possible with SNOMED CT
  • Leveraging SNOMED CT
    Your developments and enhancements of the SNOMED CT product

Read more about conference themes and review submission guidelines.

Please contact snomedctexpo@snomed.org if you require any assistance.

SNOMED CT Expo 2017 is located in the heart of Europe. Bratislava, Slovakia follows successful events in New Zealand, Sydney, Stockholm, Washington DC, Amsterdam and Montevideo. Conference delegates include local and international leading experts, as well as those who are newer to the SNOMED CT community and health terminology.

Please note that as approved in the recent Open General Assembly meeting, the new revised dates for the April 2018 Business Meeting in London, UK are as follows:

Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th April 2018

The location is still TBC, but it is likely that we will return to the Amba Charing Cross Hotel due to the success of this recent event. 

Best wishes,

SNOMED International's Events Team

Beginning May 3rd, SNOMED International will stop using GoToMeeting for its group calls and web conferences, and will transition to ZOOM Videoconferencing and Web Conferencing Service.

This new tool provides more functionality, ability to host more attendees, and better reliability for the SNOMED International community.

We have created a ZOOM confluence page with information on how to sign up, install the app, along with useful tips and tricks here.

What to do next?

The first step is for you to download and setup the application:

  • Visit the ZOOM confluence page and follow the download and setup instructions.
  • Review the information provided on account features and user how-to-guides to learn more about the service.

If you are host to an upcoming GoToMeeting, please contact techsupport@snomed.org so that we can ensure that you are set up correctly to ease the transition for yourself and meeting attendees.

Please note that until 3rd May, GoToMeeting will continue to work as normal. 

For additional information please visit http://snomed.org/zoom or email techsupport@snomed.org

A requirement has arisen for a Senior Executive Assistant to join SNOMED International’s Corporate Services Team.

The role will the support governance bodies and senior management teams of the organisation in terms of meeting planning, minute taking, corporate governance, compliance and other administrative duties as required.

The position will require an individual familiar with operating in a fast moving, multi task oriented environment where tenacity and flexibility will be required. Ideally you will have 10+ years experience in a similar position and be comfortable working with senior stakeholders.

Please click here to download the full job description.

If you are interested in the opportunity, please mail your cv and covering letter highlighting why you believe you are a good fit for the role to our retained agency – Rebecca.Hodges@angelamortimer.com

Please do not send your cv to SNOMED International directly.

London (United Kingdom), April 24, 2017 – SNOMED International today announced its newly appointed Management Board.  The Management Board renewal process initiated in February 2017 to support SNOMED International’s effectiveness, sustainability and organizational growth as well as improved alignment in terms of culture and narrative regarding authority and ownership. Further, following an industry best practice approach, SNOMED International has reduced its number of members on the Management Board from 10 to 7 members.

Through the renewal process, the Management Board Nominating Committee considered a total of 66 applications for the vacant positions.  It was an extremely difficult process to select candidates, as there were many excellent individuals that had expressed their interest to support SNOMED International in a Directorial capacity.

The authority of new Management Board members comes into force effective 12:00 noon BST, 24th April 2017. Newly appointed Management Board members include:

Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chair
Lady Barbara Judge CBE is the National Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors, as well as Chairman Emeritus of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, having been its Chairman from 2004-2010. She is also currently Chairman of the Energy Institute of University College London and Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee. In addition, she is a UK Business Ambassador. She is also a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Association of Consultancy and Engineering (ACE). In addition she is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

In June 2016 she completed two terms as Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. Earlier in her career she was appointed as the youngest ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Thereafter she was appointed as the first woman Executive Director of Samuel Montagu and News International.

In 2010 Lady Judge was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2015 she received a Sunday Times Non-Executive Director Award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund.

Lady Judge will serve as the Chair of the SNOMED International Management Board.


Cheemin Bo-Linn
Dr. Bo-Linn is CEO and President of Peritus Partners,Inc. and sits on the Board of Directors for Evena Medical and other public company boards. Dr. Bo-Linn previously held the role of Vice-President of IBM Corp. and was recognized for innovative leadership as the 2015 inductee into the "Hall of Fame for Women in Science and Technology". In 2016, Dr. Bo-Linn was honored as "Top CEOs Leading STEM" (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics).


Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI*
Dr. Fridsma is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Prior to joining AMIA, Dr. Fridsma was the Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Mayo Clinic.

 

Gong Mengchun
Dr. Gong is the Executive Director, National Rare Diseases Registry System of China. Dr. Gong was previously a physician at the Department of Internal Medicine, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, as well as serving as the Medical Informatics Consultant for Fudan University, Children’s Hospital.

 

Jeremy Thorp*
Jeremy Thorp is the Business Architecture Director, Health & Social Care Information Centre, NHS. He has led UK input to European projects epSOS, EXPAND and the Joint Action to support the eHealth Network; he has also been a member of the HL7 International Board and UK Head of Delegation to CEN and ISO health informatics committees.

Joanne Burns
Joanne Burns is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Cerner Corporation. Ms. Burns has held leadership roles with Cerner, the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation and Stanford University Medical Center. Ms. Burns has extensive experience setting up and leading governance boards and received Program Certification in “Women on Boards” from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health in 2016.

Matic Meglic
Dr. Meglic is the Digital Health Director EMEA at Medtronic. Dr. Meglic has been a contributor to EU public health informatics as CIO, Slovene National Institute of Public Health and coordinator of the key EU ePublicHealth policy project PARENT. Dr. Meglic has also served as Co-chair of epSOS Steering Board and actively contributed to a number of other EU semantic interoperability initiatives.

*Douglas Fridsma and Jeremy Thorp fulfill the 2 positions secured for continued representation from the previous SNOMED International Management Board.

The Management Board has legal and oversight responsibility for the management and direction of SNOMED International.  The terms of the appointments are staggered with the longest term being three years and the shortest being one year.  Management Board appointments are non-executive Director positions which carry legal responsibility for the governance of the organization. 

For additional information on the newly elected Management Board, including profiles and terms of service, please visit www.snomed.org.

SNOMED International wishes to extend its sincerest gratitude to previous Management Board members for their excellent dedication and stewardship, both as it has related to the organization’s strategic direction as well as guidance and participation throughout the management renewal process.  

SNOMED International

Owned and governed by its international Member countries, SNOMED International is a not-for-profit organization that produces and enhances the vocabulary that enables the clear exchange of health information for all.  The organization provides full support to its global Members and licensees, ensuring that those combined resources achieve significant shared benefits that resonate around the world.

SNOMED International owns, administers and develops SNOMED CT, a product that enables the establishment of semantically accurate clinical terminologies for consistent use across all health systems, services and products in the world. As of January 1, 2017, SNOMED International became the trading name of IHTSDO.

Media Inquiries: 

Kelly Kuru, Executive Lead, Communications
SNOMED International
Telephone: +1-416-566-8725 (Canada)
Email: kku@snomed.org
www.snomed.org

 

 

SNOMED International is seeking to recruit a suitable Principal Terminologist to work closely with the Heads of Terminology and Content and Mapping Executive Lead, to proactively support these roles and to assist in directing the Content Team as a whole.

This will be a leadership role, ensuring both the quantity and quality of authoring output.

Please click here to download the full job description.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your resume and a covering letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this role, to jobs@snomed.org. If you have any queries, or require further detail, please direct these through this email address also. Applications not presented via this channel may be rejected.

Applications for this position will close Monday 15th May 2017 at 17:30 BST

Clinical engagement at SNOMED International is changing! SNOMED International continues to evolve its approach to clinical engagement with the newly created Clinical Reference Groups. To enable continuous development of SNOMED CT, it is critical that its clinical content is relevant and up to date. To do this, we rely on input from both clinicians and clinical groups internationally.

Why should clinicians continue their contributions as SIGs transition to Clinical Reference Groups? Engaging via Clinical Reference Groups provides clinicians with a mechanism to ensure that the content required by clinicians is included in SNOMED CT quickly and accurately.

The SIGs will formally retire on April 13, 2017 with the launch of the Clinical Reference Groups. Once the Clinical Reference Groups pages are established on Confluence, the existing membership for each SIG will be migrated across. Please visit the Clinical Reference Groups Confluence page to learn more, or contact the Clinical Engagement Team with your questions concerning approach and participation. 

A key emerging theme globally is the requirement to link clinical medications data and the data required for pharmacovigilance, regulation and supply chain. 

Following requests from SNOMED International Members and other stakeholders, SNOMED CT® has drafted a position statement describing the relationship between the proposed SNOMED CT Pharmaceutical/biologic product concept model and other international standards. Please click here to download the full document. 

This position statement is geared towards the following bodies for information and feedback as applicable:

  • Policy makers, or equivalent agencies
  • SNOMED International stakeholder groups
  • Standards Development Organizations (SDOs)
  • SNOMED CT® implementers and software vendors
  • Pharmaceutical regulators and the pharmaceutical industry

SNOMED International welcomes all opportunities to discuss partnerships in order to advance our drug content and quality for our members and stakeholders.

For additional information, please contact info@snomed.org.


SNOMED International April 2017 Business Meeting
Sunday 23rd to Wednesday 26th April 2017

The Corporate Services Team would like to remind everyone that registration for the forthcoming SNOMED International April 2017 Business Meeting is now open.

If you intend to attend and have yet to register please click the link below to complete the process asap:

http://www.cvent.com/d/95qkbm/4W

Please note: This is only for those who are attending in person - registration for those dialling-in to meetings is not required.

The full confirmed schedule for the event is available to download here:

http://www.snomed.org/participate/attend-our-events/snomed-international-business-meetings/

The link above also contains useful information about booking your hotel accommodation, as well as some travel advice.

As previously noted, please be aware that due to the London Marathon we are in the unusual situation of having our Sunday sessions in a different area of London to the weekday meetings. The meetings on Sunday 23rd are being held at the Novotel Paddington. This hotel is right near Paddington station, so is a very easy transfer for those arriving via Heathrow. For the weekday meetings (24th-26th) we will return to the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross.

Please contact us by email at events@snomed.org if you have any questions – we hope to see you in London!