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November 1, 2005
SNOMED International, a Division of The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and NHS Connecting for Health, an Executive Agency of the Department of Health in England, have announced a proposal to establish an international Standards Development Organization (SDO) to offer countries the opportunity to take a leading role in the development, ownership and maintenance of SNOMED CT.
(SNOMED SDO Press Release)

August 2, 2005
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) announced that the July 2005 version of SNOMED CT includes more than 230 osteopathic medical concepts, which is the first osteopathic terminology to be included.
(AOA Press Release)

June 23, 2005
SNOMED International has signed an Associate Charter Agreement with HL7. This agreement formalizes the organizations' long standing relationship and will help advance healthcare interoperability worldwide.
(Press Release)

June 3, 2005
A June 3 report from the Department of Health and Human Services summarizes more than 500 responses to a Nov. 15, 2004, request for information (RFI) by the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The office issued the RFI to gather comment from organizations and individuals on how the federal government should develop and deploy national health information network (NHIN).

In its report, the HHS identifies SNOMED CT along with seven other medical coding and terminology systems that respondents recommended for a master list of standards that would provide a national baseline for electronic data exchange. The report notes that standards on the master list could function as “the bridge between custom implementations of other standards, where translations to/from the master set would facilitate health information exchange among health applications.”
(Full report) (CAP STATLINE article)

January 25, 2005
The College of American Pathologists has licensed to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) mappings from SNOMED CT to NANDA International (NANDA® ) Taxonomy II, Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) Version 4, and Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) Version 3. NLM will provide access through its Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®) Metathesaurus®, a knowledge source containing biomedical concepts and terms from many controlled vocabularies and classifications.

Nursing Mappings add a critical dimension for improved safety and quality of patient care. In mid 2005, each mapping will be available free-of-charge to UMLS users who are licensed to use both SNOMED CT and the specific nursing terminology involved.
(Press Release)


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