Press Releases


Updated January 7, 2010

Links to SNOMED Terminology Solutions Press Releases


November 17, 2009
The NLM has released a draft rules-based mapping from SNOMED Clinical Terms® to the International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision, Clinical Modification.
(Read More)

October 7, 2009
In an effort to advance health information interoperability, MedicAlert® Foundation International and SNOMED Terminology SolutionsTM (STS) are working together to standardize the health information in the MedicAlert Emergency Medical Information Record (EMIR), making it easier for consumers to connect their emergency medical information to other health information applications currently available on the Microsoft® HealthVaultTM Platform.
(Read More)

July 14, 2009
Spain, through the Ministry of Health and Social Policy, is now one in the group of countries that are part of International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation. Spain joins the global effort to develop, maintain and spread the use of a clinical terminology called SNOMED CT.
(Read More)

June 11, 2009
dbMotion, a provider of health interoperability and intelligence solutions, and SNOMED Terminology Solutions™(STS), a division of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and a leading organization in offering customized, bestpractice terminology implementation and education services, today announced a partnership aimed at delivering a solution that enables their clients to reach the highest levels of interoperability and raises the industry’s bar for advanced interoperability.
(Read More)

April 1, 2009
On April 1, 2009, the owners of three standards that contain laboratory test terminology – the Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, Codes (LOINC), Nomenclature, Properties and Units (NPU), and the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine - Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) – began an operational Trial of prospective divisions of labor in the generation of laboratory test terminology content. This Trial will provide practical experience and important information on opportunities to decrease duplication of effort in the development of laboratory test terminology and to ensure that SNOMED CT works effectively in combination with either LOINC or NPU.
(Read More)

February 9, 2009
The Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information Technology Department of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) released the CAP Electronic Cancer Checklists (CAP eCC) for the first time in XML format. The CAP eCC assist pathologists and cancer registrars in collecting data elements reported for the most common forms of cancer and delivering the information necessary for quality patient care.

January 22, 2009
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation® (IHTSDO) has launched a new IHTSDO Workbench with tools to develop, maintain, and facilitate the use of SNOMED CT in health systems around the world. IHTSDO’s 11 Member nations and other SNOMED CT users will use these tools in a shared web-based environment. The Workbench includes a set of tools that will form the foundation of a multi-lingual modular workbench. The overall environment will initially host terminology browsing, authoring, subset and other reference set management, mapping, and namespace management applications. Users can either work independently or can collaborate on terminology editing, mapping, or other tasks. IHTSDO intends to add additional modules to the Workbench over time and to encourage partners to build and share complementary tools.

January 14, 2009
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation® (IHTSDO) announces that it will make Affiliate Licenses for the use of SNOMED CT® available to users in low income countries free of charge. This initiative is part of the organization’s commitment to enable broader use of standardized clinical terminologies world-wide. Health care providers and others in the 49 countries categorized as low income economies by the World Bank will be able to obtain SNOMED CT Affiliate Licenses free of charge from the IHTSDO to use the terminology in public health information systems, electronic health records, health research, and other applications as part of the initial phase of a program to expand access to SNOMED CT.


August 8, 2008
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation® (IHTSDO®) releases the second 2008 International Release of SNOMED Clinical Terms® (SNOMED CT®). It is now available for use, incorporating enhancements which are part of ongoing efforts directed toward facilitating the use of the terminology in electronic health records. Please see the press release posted on the IHTSDO Web site.

April 14, 2008
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO®) marks its one-year anniversary providing SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) to the international healthcare industry with its annual IHTSDO Spring Conference.
(Press Release PDF, 44 KB)


May 1, 2007
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is renaming its SNOMED International division. The division will now be called SNOMED Terminology Solutions and follows last week’s announcement regarding the formation of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation that acquired the intellectual property rights of SNOMED Clinical Terms,® and its antecedents from the CAP.
(Press Release PDF, 44 K)

April 26, 2007
The newly-formed International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO®, also known as SNOMED SDO®) has acquired the intellectual property rights of SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) and its antecedents from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for $7.8 million, marking a milestone in the international standardization of health data.
(Press Release PDF, 34 K)

March 9, 2007
Hyeoun-Ae Park, PhD, RN, professor of biostatistics and health informatics at the College of Nursing, Seoul National University, South Korea, joins SNOMED International for a yearlong sabbatical.
(Press Release PDF, 53 K)

January 15, 2007
SNOMED International continues to work closely with representatives from nine countries in the creation of an international standards development organization (SDO) for the maintenance, development, quality assurance and release of SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®).
(Press Release PDF, 47 K)


November 30, 2006
The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), sponsored by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), accepts SNOMED International’s Nursing Working Group as a full member, joining key nursing informatics decision-making groups.
(Press Release PDF, 44 K)

October 9, 2006
SNOMED International and the International Council of Nurses announce a collaboration to complement each other’s terminologies used for nursing practice: SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT®) and the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®).
(Press Release PDF, 52 K)

July 11, 2006
SNOMED International and the National E-Health Transition Authority sign an agreement that will enable SNOMED Clinical Terms® to be used in health information management throughout all of Australia.
(Press Release PDF, 107 K)

April 19, 2006
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advances the federal effort to create electronic health records for Americans within the next decade by making it easier to share drug information electronically. FDA is moving the effort forward by adopting the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED) as the standard computerized medical vocabulary system to be used to electronically code important terms in the Highlights section of prescription drug labeling.
(Press Release)


November 1, 2005
SNOMED and NHS Connecting for Health announce proposal to create International Standards Development Organization
( Press Release PDF, 143 K)

June 23, 2005
SNOMED and HL7 sign Associate Charter Agreement
(Press Release PDF, 119 K)

January 25, 2005
SNOMED CT mappings to NANDA, NIC, and NOC now licensed for free access through National Library Of Medicine
(Press Release PDF, 126 K)


November 8, 2004
SNOMED to add osteopathic medical terminology to SNOMED CT
(Press Release PDF, 25 K)

September 14, 2004
College of American Pathologists names new Vice President for SNOMED International
(Press Release PDF, 117K)

May 6, 2004
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announces access to SNOMED CT through the National Library of Medicine
(Press Release PDF, 123 K)

March 24, 2004
Cerner Corporation and SNOMED International enhance the sharing of global electronic health information
(Press Release PDF, 19 K)

January 22, 2004
President Bush Reiterates the Need for Computerized Health Records in State of the Union Address
(Press Release PDF, 88 K)


December 3, 2003
SNOMED CT Encoded CAP Cancer Checklists Standardize Information to Revolutionize Cancer Data Management
(Press Release PDF, 10 K)

October 1, 2003
SNOMED collaborates with the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation to Improve Patient Outcomes
(Press Release PDF, 86 K)

July 1, 2003
U.S. Healthcare Industry Moves Toward the Reality of Electronic Health Records - CAP and NLM sign license agreement
(Press Release PDF, 130 K)

In Spanish (Press Release - Spanish PDF, 134 K)

In German (Press Release - German PDF, 124 K)

More details on the CAP NLM agreement (CAP and NLM)


Related Links Related Links