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IHTSDO Update: Terminology Workbench Now Open Source, New Chief Implementation Officer Sought, Other News

IHTSDO Open Sources Health Terminology Workbench
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) has made the source code for the IHTSDO Workbench freely available under an Apache2 open source agreement. This agreement includes the tools to develop, maintain, and facilitate the use of SNOMED CT.  The IHTSDO will also make a number of seats on the collaborative web-based environment used to host the Workbench available free of charge to open source developers.  The full press release is available from the IHTSDO.

As the U.S. Member of the IHTSDO, NLM has a voice in the ongoing development of SNOMED CT and the tools developed to maintain and distribute the terminology.  To help keep us informed and so we are able to facilitate appropriate collaboration (both nationally and internationally), we encourage U.S. based users of the IHTSDO Workbench to send an e-mail to NLM indicating their intention to access the workbench.

IHTSDO Recruiting New Chief Implementation and Innovation Officer
The IHTSDO is recruiting for a new Chief Implementation and Innovation Officer to lead the effort in achieving effective implementation of SNOMED CT.  Offers are being accepted until 9am (GMT) on Monday, January 11, 2010.  The full advertisement is available from the IHTSDO web site.

Other IHTSDO News:

New IHTSDO Members
The new year brings two new Members to the IHTSDO – Slovenia and Estonia.  With the addition of three new Members announced in 2009 (Spain, Cyprus, and the Slovak Republic), the IHTSDO Membership now has reached 15 Members. Additional information about the newest Members, as well as the other IHTSDO members is available on the IHTSDO Members page.

Collaborative and Cooperative Agreements

  • IEEE and IHTSDO Sign Memorandum of Understanding to encourage harmonization of terminology related to medical devices so as to better support clinical care.  The full press release is available from the IHTSDO. 
  • WONCA and IHTSDO Seek to Strengthen Informatics in Primary Care by launching a cooperative effort to facilitate the safe and effective use of information in general practice and family medicine.  The full press release is available from the IHTSDO.   
  • IHTSDO and openEHR Begin Collaborative Work Programme to explore how clinical terminologies and archetype-based record structures can best be aligned to support electronic health records.  The full press release is available from the IHTSDO. 

2009 IHTSDO Standing Committee Elections Completed
The 2009 election process for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees (Content, Quality Assurance, Implementation & Innovation (formerly Research & Innovation), and Technical) is complete.  The results of the election were announced at the October 5, 2009 meeting of the IHTSDO General Assembly.  The members of each committee as of January 2010 are available from the main Standing Committee page.

First IHTSDO Award for Excellence
Dr. James Campbell was awarded the first IHTSDO Award for Excellence in April 2009.  NLM joins the IHTSDO community in congratulating Dr. Campbell for this well earned award.