What is the International Patient Summary?

The International Patient Summary (IPS) is an electronic health record extract containing essential healthcare information for use in the unscheduled, cross-border care scenario, as well as for local, regional and other care scenarios. It is a minimal, non-exhaustive set of data elements defined by ISO/EN 17269 and delivered by HL7 in both CDA and FHIR using a curated set of SNOMED CT terms.

What is the SNOMED CT sub-ontology?

Unlike SNOMED International’s Global Patient Set which is a flat list of SNOMED CT codes and terms, the IPS sub-ontology will provide implementers with an open product that can be used in healthcare solutions using the power of SNOMED CT through its query language and hierarchies for the specified scope. Use of the IPS sub-ontology will allow for more effective use of clinical data analytics and decision support, and for Artificial Intelligence applications.

Why release the IPS sub-ontology?

Continuing to act in the spirit of the IPS Freeset, SNOMED International has committed to create and release an openly available IPS sub-ontology in the first half of 2022 to enhance the existing cross border movement of information, and ultimately health system interoperability.

About the IPS

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JIC Collaboration for IPS

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IPS Resources

The following IPS resources have been made available. SNOMED International will continue to add to this collection as this initiative moves forward.  

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