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International Council of Nurses (ICN) and IHTSDO deliver collaborative product

September 4, 2015

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Geneva, Switzerland; Copenhagen, Denmark – 4 September 2015. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) are pleased to announce the delivery of an equivalency table between the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) and SNOMED CT.

The aim of the collaboration is to produce and distribute two equivalency tables, one between ICNP and SNOMED CT for nursing diagnoses and a second between ICNP and SNOMED CT for nursing interventions. ICN and IHTSDO signed an agreement to collaborate first in 2010, which was updated in 2014. The goal was to advance terminology harmonisation and foster interoperability between health information systems.

Since the work commenced in May 2014, the two organisations have focused on developing an equivalency table for nursing diagnoses, specifically problems, and a candidate baseline of the table was published in April 2015. The candidate baseline was reviewed and commented on by the international community and after final update and review by ICN and IHTSDO, we are now pleased to announce the publication of the formal release of the equivalency table for implementation. 

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