On March 17 2010, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and IHTSDO announced a collaborative agreement to advance terminology harmonization and foster interoperability in health information systems. This agreement was updated in 2014 (see information sheets) with a focus on agreed collaborative activities and a work plan across both organisations in order to support those using International Classification of Nursing Practice (ICNP) to also be able to use SNOMED CT in the shared electronic health record. .
ICN and SNOMED International have been focusing on the following work:
- Development of an equivalence table between ICNP and SNOMED CT for Nursing Diagnoses – this was released in 2015 and is now being maintained and updated in line with the release cycles of both SNOMED CT and ICNP
- Development of an equivalence table between ICNP and SNOMED CT for Nursing Interventions – this is released in March 2016 and will be maintained and updated in line with the release cycles of both SNOMED CT and ICNP
There has also been input from the IHTSDO Nursing Special Interest Group (SIG) to the work. The SIG has provided feedback from an international perspective on both the content and equivalences, thus providing a measure of quality assurance. The IHTSDO Nursing SIG has an ongoing role in the maintenance and updating of these products.
The human readable versions of both equivalence tables are available from ICN here and the RF2 version is available from SNOMED International member countries/territories or SNOMED International here.
SNOMED International and ICN are now interested to hear of implementation of these products and we would expect to then share this with our user community as well as using the feedback to improve the products where appropriate.