SNOMED CT Expo 2018: The Global Language of Healthcare Sets Its Sights on Vancouver, Oct 18-19

The international SNOMED CT Community of Practice will descend on Vancouver this October 18-19th to hold its annual SNOMED CT Expo in the spirit of collaborating, sharing, learning and delivering on the promise of SNOMED CT; the most comprehensive and precise
clinical health terminology product in the world.

Canada has been a founding charter Member of IHTSDO since the negotiation of SNOMED CT from the College of American Pathologists in 2007. Since that time, much has changed for the not for profit organization with SNOMED International membership growing from 9 to today’s 33 Members. Not lost in this evolution, however, is the role SNOMED CT continues to play as a standard way to encode and connect clinical information contained within patient charts, decision support tools and knowledge resources.

Canada’s representative to SNOMED International is Canada Health Infoway (Infoway), through which the SNOMED CT terminology standard and related assets are made available to Canadian users at no expense of their own. As Infoway CEO Michael Green shares, “Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada, and terminology standards play a foundational role where this is concerned. For this reason, Canada is pleased to play host to this year’s SNOMED CT Expo.”

With Canada’s robust digital health legacy, the 2018 Expo in Vancouver is primed to receive an array of national and international submissions to populate its program of events. Past year’s keynote and lecture speakers, Dr. John Halamka and Canada’s own Dr. Jeremy Theal to name a few, have delighted audiences with their experiences and perspectives on the clinical importance of structured terminology. This year’s program streams focus on demonstrating implementation successes, showcasing how SNOMED CT has enhanced clinical practice, as well as sharing leading practices within our slice of the industry. With genomics, precision medicine and big data poised to continue its dominance on the healthcare industry over the next couple of years, the 2018 program will surely highlight how structured clinical data supports these trending areas.

Looking to learn more about SNOMED CT? The Expo program offers a concurrent stream of tutorials and workshops geared at enhancing knowledge of the product, as well as hands-on experience on emerging topics such as authoring, mapping, translations, and SNOMED International’s managed service for beginners. This is a great opportunity for all audiences that possess varying knowledge of SNOMED CT from students, government administrators, implementers, researchers and industry.

With planning activities full steam ahead to deliver an engaging program, the intention of the Expo is to also strike a fine balance for delegates from a social perspective. Don Sweete, SNOMED International’s CEO, offers that “In addition to highlighting Canada’s digital health structure, priorities and successes with an internationally diverse audience, Expo is a great opportunity to share insights on Canada’s culture, traditions, and geography.

Interested in securing international exposure for your organization? SNOMED International has created a number of ways in which you
can directly engage with our 300+ SNOMED CT users, implementers and decision-makers united by their common interests.

SNOMED International energetically awaits the arrival of the international community to Vancouver in October 2018. Event registration will commence May 2018. Visit for more information and we look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver.

Owned and governed by 33 Member countries, SNOMED International is a non profit organization charged with setting global standards for health terminology. Our core product, SNOMED CT, is owned, administered and developed by SNOMED International and establishes vocabulary that enables the clear exchange of health information across all health systems, services and products in the world.

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