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SNOMED International celebrates a decade of SNOMED CT-focused events at the SNOMED CT Expo 2021

September 7, 2021

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On October 28 and 29, 2021, SNOMED International will host its 10th annual SNOMED CT-focused event. SNOMED CT is the world’s most comprehensive clinical reference terminology, subscribed to by 41 Member countries and used in over 70 countries globally. 

Featuring a vibrant and knowledge-packed two-day program, the Expo has evolved considerably since SNOMED International began to host SNOMED CT implementation-focused events a decade ago. In October 2011, Peter Fleming, then-CEO of Australia’s National e-Health Transition Authority, welcomed the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (as SNOMED International was known as at that time), to the opening events of the first SNOMED CT Implementation Showcase, and standards guru Tim Benson (now CEO of R-Outcomes Ltd.) delivered the inaugural James Read Memorial Lecture keynote. (The James Read Memorial Lecture, which each year celebrates someone who embodies the practical application of SNOMED CT in a real-world setting, honours British physician Dr. James Read, an early pioneer of clinical coding in the 1980s.)

At that time, SNOMED International had only 17 Members. Since then, our membership has grown to 41, and our yearly Expos have become increasingly sophisticated in content and format, a result of the maturing digital health/health informatics industry and the ever-expanding universe of SNOMED CT knowledge and expertise. 

Now, many of the presentations focus on how implementers use SNOMED CT along with other health care standards to deliver the best possible care to their patients. They also reflect how SNOMED International, a member of the Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardization, or JIC, prioritizes collaboration with other health care and health standards development organizations such as the American Medical Association, the International Council of Nurses, HL7 International, the DICOM Standards Committee, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise, LOINC and CDISC, to name just a few, with the goal of enabling one global language of health.

Adapting to changing circumstances

Moving to a virtual event in 2020, last year’s Expo drew more than 1,700 registrants from 60 countries. Due to the ongoing pandemic and its varied impact to global regions, this year’s SNOMED CT Expo 2021 participants will also convene virtually. 

One of the new features we are introducing at SNOMED CT Expo 2021 is that the Introduction to SNOMED CT Tutorial with SNOMED International’s Ian Spiers and Liara Tutina will be offered in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German. Another is the addition of a third keynote session featuring David Hansen, CEO and Research Director of the Australian e-Health Research Centre at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. This new keynote is positioned in prime time for all of our Asia-Pacific Members and stakeholders as well as being made available on demand, as will be the case with all Expo sessions. 

“SNOMED International’s annual Expo has come a long way since we first started hosting this event,” said SNOMED International CEO Don Sweete. “The substantial increase in delegates around the globe reflects both the steadily increasing number of Member countries and their users and the growing interest, depth and maturity of the terminology itself. 

“If you are interested in learning more about SNOMED CT and how it is contributing to improving the delivery and management of health care globally,” he adds, “consider registering soon, because this year’s event offers a significant degree of value and utility to delegates.”

“I would also like to extend my gratitude to Member Portugal, represented by Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, or SPMS. Originally slated to host the event in 2020, we look forward to partnering again next year to deliver the SNOMED CT Expo 2022 in Lisbon, September 28-29, 2022.”

Join clinical terminology subject matter experts ranging from government officials and health IT professionals to health practitioners, researchers and vendors from around the world as they explore the future of SNOMED CT. 

Registration for the SNOMED CT Expo 2021 is open and the full program can be accessed at Subscribe here to keep up to date with registration, program and sponsor details as they develop. 

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