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HL7, SNOMED renew five-year collaboration agreement

HL7 Worldwide and SNOMED Worldwide introduced this week that they’d renewed their collaborative relationship for 5 years, extending their commitments to develop initiatives advancing international well being knowledge interoperability.  

The organizations say they may give attention to initiatives satisfying using the SNOMED CT terminology product with FHIR and different HL7 instruments – particularly in relation to sustaining the HL7 Worldwide Affected person Abstract Free Set according to new necessities and modifications to SNOMED CT.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically heightened the demand for extra seamless well being knowledge change. Our collaboration with SNOMED Worldwide is essential to fostering knowledge interoperability,” stated HL7 CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe in a press release.  


The organizations, which have been working collectively for the previous seven years, stated they continued to see the necessity for cooperation amongst international well being requirements.   

“Our long-standing collaboration with SNOMED and the ensuing incorporation of SNOMED CT vocabulary inside HL7 requirements, together with FHIR, will advance us to a world during which everybody can entry the correct knowledge the place and once they want it,” Jaffe stated.  

The organizations have deliberate goal actions via July 2023, with the primary stage of labor specializing in licensing preparations, change requests and terminology binding for using SNOMED CT in HL7 merchandise; upkeep and updates to the HL7 IPS Free Set; and selling using SNOMED CT and FHIR in worldwide use circumstances.   

SNOMED and HL7 are additionally engaged on figuring out different joint actions, comparable to collaborative efforts at HL7 FHIR Connectathon occasions.  

“The joint dedication and work produced by our two organizations provides tangible interoperability instruments that meet the breadth of content material and messaging wants that we’re observing globally,“ stated SNOMED Worldwide CEO Don Sweete.

The partnership renewal comes on the heels of HL7’s announcement, additionally this week, that it was launching a FHIR accelerator for public well being known as Helios.  

The alliance – which pulls collectively state, tribal, native, territorial and federal companies; non-public and philanthropic sector companions; and different teams – goals to strengthen capability and streamline knowledge sharing throughout all ranges of public well being utilizing the FHIR customary.  

Helios will probably be collectively supported by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Workplace of the Nationwide Coordinator for Well being IT.  

“Public well being has risen in urgency and significance during the last 18 months,” stated Nationwide Coordinator for Well being IT Micky Tripathi in a press release. “FHIR accelerators have had nice success in participating implementers as early as doable to assist establish and overcome longstanding limitations to interoperability.”   

“The Helios alliance is a market-based implementation collaboration that may assist to make sure FHIR growth is coordinated and targeted on actual world public well being wants,” Tripathi added.  


The COVID-19 pandemic is the newest – however under no circumstances the primary – instance of the significance of interoperability on a worldwide stage. This summer time, G7 leaders acknowledged that significance in a communiqué that included a dedication to working towards adopting a standardized minimal dataset for affected person data.  

And an rising variety of nations have adopted the SNOMED CT standardized language in recent times, permitting for improved communication and quicker decision-making.  

Simply this previous month, the United Arab Emirates confirmed it might use SNOMED CT in its nationwide well being information.  


“Collaboration agreements of this nature are an vital step in answering the decision to motion being expressed lately by G7 leaders to handle urgent interoperability points,” stated SNOMED’s Sweete in a press release.

Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT Information.
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