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SNOMED CT Working Group Meeting 15 June, 2023.

The National Release centre for SNOMED CT were delighted to hold their first face to face meeting with their Working Group in the Richmond Building in Dublin on the 15th of June. By all accounts it was a very knowledge enhancing and informative day.The working Group is a collaboration of project teams from many different areas within the HSE and outside of the organisation that have worked with the Irish National Release centre in the past or are currently working with them in developing reference sets and implementing SNOMED CT into their electronic health records.
This meeting gave the attendees the opportunity to gain more insight into the SNOMED process and where we stand from an international perspective.


Our speakers included Kate Ebrill from CSIRO who gave us a very informative presentation on Central Terminology Servers. This was of great interest to all attendees. Anita Flynn Business Analyst working in SNOMED CT gave an overview of the National Release centre process for developing a reference set and introduced Professor Anthony Roberts from Cork University Dental School and Hospital/UCC with whom the NRC worked with in developing the dentistry reference set.

Prof. Anthony Roberts gave us a very informative and realistic approach to developing a reference set. Kevin O’Carroll from HIQA gave us some background on how Ireland came to the decision to have SNOMED CT as our standardised terminology.


We were very lucky to have Dr. Charles Gutteridge SNOMED CT Clinical Engagement Lead, gave us an overview of introducing SNOMED CT into a dental Hospital practice in east London which went live over one month ago. This was nicely coincided with the previous presentation from Prof. Anthony Roberts who were 30 days from going live. We had the pleasure of having Ian Green attend in person who is the SNOMED CT Customer Relations lead, Ian gave us an overview of using SNOMED CT from the European perspective and it was fantastic to have Ian available to answer questions from the group. Yvonne Coughlan also working in the NRC introduced Deirdre Keane with whom she worked with in developing a reference set for the Patient Flow system that has yet to go live in CUH hopefully in the next year.

Deirdre gave us a very informative presentation on the process they used to develop their reference set and the benefits of standardising your terminology in a hospital setting.


We are delighted to announce that Shane Byrnes was voted as the new Chairperson of the SNOMED CT working Group.Thank you to Theresa Barry who chaired the working group for the previous year we appreciate all your input to date and looking forward to working with Shane in the future. Overall, it was a very successful day and we look forward to developing a network of SNOMED enthusiast’s throughout the HSE and beyond.

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