What is the Global Patient Set?

The Global Patient Set (GPS) will be a managed collection comprised of existing SNOMED CT reference sets and available to users at no cost. The Set will be comprised of unique identifiers, fully specified names (FSN), preferred terms in international English, and status flags.
It is important to note that the GPS excludes SNOMED CT’s inherent relationships and hierarchies; fundamental to the nature of an ontology and its ability to enable clinical data analytics, decision support, artificial intelligence, etc.  Further, within the Global Patient Set, concept synonyms and definitions are not provided.

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Why release a Global Patient Set?

SNOMED International is releasing the GPS to enable use of structured clinical data without barriers, thus supporting preferred conditions for interoperability.

For some users, it may provide a starting point for migration to the use of SNOMED CT. For countries considering Membership in SNOMED International, the Global Patient Set will allow for managed exposure and use of SNOMED CT without requiring initial investment.

Next steps

Over the coming months, SNOMED International will formalize the steps and due diligence required to make the GPS offering available for release September 2, 2019.

Throughout this period, SNOMED International will continue to define the Global Patient Set, from content through to its release and maintenance approach.

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