CAP creates new division to support SNOMED CT terminology
7 May 2007
NORTHFIELD, Ill., USA. The College of American Pathologists
(CAP) is renaming its SNOMED International division. The division will now
be called SNOMED Terminology Solutions and will focus on education, training
and consulting related to SNOMED CT and its implementation.
CAP sold the property rights of SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and its
antecedents to the new Denmark-based International Health Terminology
Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) last month (April. See
The education and training
programs include live and Web teleconference education that detail SNOMED
CT's content and structure. Consulting services include assistance
implementing SNOMED CT into systems; mapping code sets to SNOMED CT;
building and maintaining SNOMED CT subsets and extensions; modeling content
(content development); validation; migration from earlier versions of
SNOMED; and project-specific coding.
"As global adoption of SNOMED CT
continues to increase, the demand for its implementation into electronic
health applications grows," said CAP President Thomas Sodeman, MD, FCAP.
"SNOMED Terminology Solutions assists in terminology implementation as well
as educating the marketplace about SNOMED CT's role in daily use of clinical
In addition, SNOMED Terminology Solutions will own products
not acquired by the IHTSDO including the SNOMED CT Subset Editor Kit, the
SNOMED-Encoded CAP Cancer Checklists and CAP Cancer Protocols. It also will
retain ownership of domain-specific subsets and cross mappings.
Terminology Solutions will leverage CAP's more than 40 years of experience
in the development of SNOMED to aid clients in meeting all of their
healthcare terminology needs," said Kevin Donnelly, SNOMED vice president
and general manager. "We are already working with clients around the world
to provide terminology solutions to enable semantically interoperable
electronic healthcare records."
The IHTSDO is assuming responsibility for
SNOMED CT's ongoing maintenance, development, quality assurance, and
distribution. SNOMED International managed these functions in the past and
CAP SNOMED Terminology Solutions will do so under a three-year contract with
SNOMED CT is considered to be the most comprehensive,
multilingual clinical healthcare terminology available in the world. When
implemented in software applications, SNOMED CT represents clinically
relevant information consistently, reliably and comprehensively as an
integral part of producing electronic health records.