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TicSalut: Success in participation at the SNOMED CT meeting

24 July 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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More than a hundred people took part at the meeting organised by TicSalut, which focused on the SNOMED CT terminology and the main experiences in interoperability, including the Intersocial project, the Clinical Dictionary for iSalut and the AppSalut Portal

The SNOMED CT: Experiences and new challenges in Catalonia meeting was held on the past 13th at the Auditorium of the Headquarters of Barcelona Activa, with more than 100 people attending from the sector, interested in seeing the latest developments in the SNOMED CT clinical terminology. After the opening by Lluis Vilardell, the person responsible for the general coordination of ICT – eHealth Office, and Jordi Martínez, the Fundació TicSalut’s Innovation Director, the first block of experiences started with Ariadna Rius of TicSalut, who put forward the main details of the Clinical Dictionary for iHealth and the Catalan extension of  SNOMED CT. Along with Rius, Guillem Paluzie of the Maresme and Selva Health Corporation, talked about the SNOMED CT allergy register in the electronic medical record. Montse Nozal of the Catalan Health Institute explained the eCAP immunisation module, where the terminology is also used. Finally, Raimundo Lozano, of the Hospital Clínic, brought the first block to a close by sharing the migration of  Snomed II in SNOMED CT to a hospital tumour register.

After the coffee break, the second block of experiences, which also focused on SNOMED CT, began: migration of the catalogue of presentations of the Catalan Health Institute to SNOMED CT, the translation into Catalan of the micro glossary of pathological anatomy and the dictionary of malignity. Helena Brull, Jordi Aguila, Josepa Ribes and Anna Vall led this block. After the questions, we saw the follow-up on the clinical variables in the HC3 presented by Òscar Solans, the tool for monitoring premature babies, NOAH, by Pablo Gay and two of the outstanding projects in the area of health mobility and social care: the AppSalut Portal, presented by Carme Pratdepàdua, and the Intersocial project by Ester Sarquella. Before the lunch break, a discussion space was opened up on “the adoption of SNOMED CT, lessons learnt”.

Finally, the afternoon session focused on the workshop “New data format of SNOMED CT, RF2”, in which the participants worked on the impact of the current systems, the existing tools for working with controlled vocabularies, differences between the SNOMED CT RF1 and RF2 and how to use SNOMED CT in exploiting data.

At the end, Ariadna Rius, of the Fundació TicSalut Office of Standards and Interoperability, had this to say about the meeting:

“Amongst all  participants we created a very interesting place for discussion and exchange on the SNOMED CT environment and on controlled vocabularies in general. The need has been reaffirmed for a terminology server to help manage the SISCAT semantic ecosystem and to facilitate the use of these kinds of standards by the provider centres. It is three years since we held a meeting on SNOMED CT and the difference was noticeable; I think we have achieved a good critical mass around the standard and are ready to take the next step: to make use of all the functions offered by the collection and use of information.”