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Our partners

SNOMED International has an active program of partnerships with international standards development organizations, professional clinical bodies and commercial organizations.

SNOMED International engages in these partnerships with the goal of facilitating the use of SNOMED CT with other international standards and profiles.

The focus of partnerships is to enhance consistency in meaningful data capture and information exchange and to improve safety, while enhancing functionality and enabling interoperability for the growing number of healthcare professions that use and exchange electronic health records using SNOMED CT and related products.

Some of the resulting products include mappings, SNOMED CT subsets and guidance on the use of SNOMED CT alongside, and integrated with, other standards.

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Clinical partnerships

 

ICN

ICN

On August 11 2020, SNOMED International and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced that they had again joined forces, this time with an agreement that will pave the way for the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) to be managed, produced, released and distributed by SNOMED International.

This agreement, which is the culmination of years of collaboration between the two organisations, will see ICN retain ownership of ICNP and continue to define its content so that it meets the needs of the global nursing profession. The agreement aligns with increasing global health digitisation, the widespread use of SNOMED CT-enabled electronic health records (EHR), and the documentation of ICNP-specific content by nurses around the world.

The key aspect of the agreement is the incorporation of ICNP 2019 into SNOMED CT and the consequent production and distribution of an ICNP 2019 SNOMED CT reference set by SNOMED International on behalf of ICN.  

A significant benefit of this agreement removes the need for countries that currently use both ICNP and SNOMED CT to engage in mapping activities between the two systems, which is an effort that was previously required.


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INSERM

INSERM

In February 2020, the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm) and SNOMED International took steps to renew their relationship governing the rare disease content included in SNOMED CT.  Orphanet, the Inserm unit dedicated to knowledge on rare diseases, maintains the Orphanet nomenclature of rare diseases (ORPHA codes) and provides a multilingual database of information related to rare diseases and orphan drugs.

A relationship initially forged in 2015, the objective of the agreement is to improve the visibility of rare diseases in terminologies and promote interoperability among different codification and terminology systems, such as SNOMED CT for the benefit of their shared users globally. 

The focus of the collaborative work has been to incorporate an initial set of Orphanet into SNOMED CT and create a map between SNOMED CT and the corresponding Orphanet content. This will facilitate the movement of rare disease information from EHRs to research and other uses of Orphanet data in a consistent and standardized way.

The organizations have worked together to produce an alpha release of the SNOMED CT (RF2) to Orphanet (human readable) map, to which community feedback is invited and ongoing. The production release will be produced in October 2021.


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WONCA

WONCA

With the development of ICPC-3 and planned implementation from 2021, the focus of discussions are now on identifying global requirements for linking SNOMED CT and ICPC-3. Meanwhile, the ICPC-2 map is no longer being maintained and updated as ICPC-2 is no longer being formally updated by WONCA. The reference set of Health Issues and Reasons for Encounter continues to maintained and updated annually by SNOMED International and forms part of the Global Patient Set.In 2015, SNOMED International and WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) signed a refreshed Cooperation Agreement which was focused on delivering the following:General Practice/Family Practice (GP/FP) refset based on international requirements.


Map from this refset to ICPC-2 (International Classification of Primary Care version 2.)


Ongoing support of the International General Practice/Family Practice Clinical Reference Group to provide clinical input to SNOMED CT as required.


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AAP & EFP

AAP & EFP

Effective as of October 1, 2021 for a five-year term, the collaboration struck with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) emerged from the need identified by the SNOMED International Dentistry Clinical Reference Group (CRG) to update and augment the periodontology content in SNOMED CT.


To ensure periodontal content within SNOMED CT is in line with current practice, the Dentistry CRG advised incorporation of content from the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions, jointly published by the AAP and the EFP.


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ADA

ADA

The American Dental Association (ADA) is not-for-profit and the largest professional association for dentistry in the United States, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. It is the premier source of oral health information in the United States, if not the entire world, and has advocated for the public’s health as well as promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. It has developed and continues to develop the SNODENT dental diagnostic code set.


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AMA

AMA

The American Medical Association (AMA) and SNOMED International have a collaborative agreement to coordinate on the design and development of their respective coding and terminology products. 


The AMA has also recently announced their Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI) which complements the approach that SNOMED International embodies regarding continuous learning and collaboration.  Given both parties are committed to the unambiguous exchange of clinical information across the health system,  SNOMED International is committed to the IHMI collaborative community and its pursuit of safe, effective and patient-driven health care.

ERA

ERA

SNOMED International and the European Renal Dialysis Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association in December 2017 signed a SNOMED CT Licensing Agreement. This built on a previous research agreement that ERA-EDTA had to use SNOMED CT for Primary Renal Disease (PRD) in the ERA-EDTA registry, clarifying further the use of SNOMED CT and how the SNOMED CT content should be managed over time. The SNOMED CT Licensing Agreement is for 5 years and on review can be renewed for a further 5 years.

This provides a free set of the primary renal disease content for use in the Renal Registry. As of May 2022, the Renal Registry became solely managed by ERA, and will be referred to as the ERA Free Set. This free set is also included as part of SNOMED International's Global Patient Set.

GA4GH

GA4GH

SNOMED International, as part of its commitment to developing its approach to Genomics, has become a member of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health. As a member, SNOMED International contribute to work to identify content requirements, and to provide support for the interoperability challenges faced by the global genomics community.

 

Commercial

IBM Watson

IBM Watson

In 2010, IHTSDO and WHO entered into a ground-breaking collaborative arrangement that would change the relationship between the two organizations and their respective standards, by enabling users of SNOMED CT to use WHO classifications jointly and interoperably. Initial focus was on ICD-10 but the agreement set out a framework for effectively linking SNOMED CT and ICD-11 so that users who had licenses for both would benefit.

Standards partnerships

 

WHO

WHO

In 2010, IHTSDO and WHO entered into a ground-breaking collaborative arrangement that would change the relationship between the two organizations and their respective standards, by enabling users of SNOMED CT to use WHO classifications jointly and interoperably. Initial focus was on ICD-10 but the agreement set out a framework for effectively linking SNOMED CT and ICD-11 so that users who had licenses for both would benefit.

LOINC

LOINC

In 2013, IHTSDO and Regenstrief Institute Inc. signed a long-term agreement to begin cooperative work linking their leading global health care terminologies: Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, or LOINC, and SNOMED CT.  This agreement has aimed to improve safety, functionality and interoperability for the rapidly growing number of clinicians who manage and exchange health data with electronic medical records.

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JIC

JIC

Participating Members of the JIC include CDISC, CEN/TC215, DICOM, GS1, HL7 International, IHE International, ISO/TC215, LOINC, and SNOMED International.The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardization (JIC) was formed to further the important role of health informatics standards to:Enable interoperability of information and processes across health domains;
Support the timely, efficient delivery of safe, coordinated, accountable, high-quality health services to individuals, communities and populations;
Facilitate effective global markets for health information systems.

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IHE International

IHE International

In April 2019, IHE International and SNOMED International formally announced a license agreement encouraging data consistency and interoperability across international boundaries, with benefits for clinical care, research and operational efficiency.


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HL7 International

HL7 International

In July 2019, Health Level Seven® Inc. and SNOMED International announced another 2 year collaboration agreement, building on previous agreements in 2009, 2014 and 2016. The agreement again is aimed at improving interoperability, thus focusing on the adoption of working practices that facilitate the use of SNOMED CT with HL7 standards globally. As previously, both organisations are working towards avoiding duplication of effort and resolving issues related to gaps and overlaps.

DICOM

DICOM

In March 2016, SNOMED International and the DICOM Standards Committee signed a SNOMED CT Licensing Agreement. This was the first agreement between the two organizations, clarifying the use of SNOMED CT in DICOM standards and how the SNOMED CT content should be managed over time. The SNOMED CT Licensing Agreement is for 5 years.


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GMDNA

GMDNA

In 2012, SNOMED International and Global Medical Device Nomenclature Agency (GMDNA), the organization responsible for the international Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN), signed a 5 year Cooperation Agreement. A key focus of the Agreement was to exchange, harmonise and incorporate medical device term descriptions from each other to enhance the end-to-end patient risk and safety use cases in healthcare systems incorporating medical device information.

Initial work was the incorporation of relevant GMDN content into SNOMED CT and production of a map from SNOMED CT to GMDN. As part on ongoing maintenance, new content continues to be included in each SNOMED CT International release, with the SNOMED CT to GMDN map also updated inline with these releases.

Emerging requirements are the need to link EHR information about medical devices to regulation and any safety issues. Globally, medical device regulators are introducing rules governing unique device identification (UDI). As a result, it is important for SNOMED International to understand its stakeholder requirements for medical device content and its relationship with GMDN and other medical device nomenclatures as medical device regulation is updated across the world.


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GS1

GS1

In April 2016, IHTSDO and GS1 signed a Collaboration Agreement focusing on specific areas of joint work, building on a previous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established to facilitate liaison between the two organizations and committing to closer working to ensure compatibility between our respective standards where appropriate.


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Educational partnerships

 

Also Jedi

Also Jedi

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Research partnerships

 

The Jedi Coucil

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I want to come with you to Alderaan. There's nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and be a Jedi, like my father before me. What!? You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!