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December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

  • SNOMED CT®: Spanish Release, October 2012
    October 31, 2012
    The Spanish edition of the SNOMED CT: International Release, July 2012, is available for download. The download contains files in both Release Format 1 (RF1) and the new Release Format 2 (RF2) versions.

  • NLM Launches Value Set Authority Center (VSAC)
    October 26, 2012
    NLM, in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has launched the NLM Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). Initially the VSAC will provide downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures. For more information, see the full NLM press release.

  • NLM Ceasing Production of UMLS DVD
    October 5, 2012
    Beginning with the 2013AA Release in May 2013, NLM will stop production of the UMLS DVD. Licensees must then download the UMLS files from the UMLS Terminology Services (UTS) system.

September 2012

  • SNOMED CT Implementation Showcase - October 25-26 in Stockholm
    September 18, 2012
    Registration is open for the IHTSDO 2012 SNOMED CT Implementation Showcase in Stockholm, Sweden, from October 25-26, 2012. The theme is SNOMED CT - Meaningful Ideas to Practical Benefits. To register, go to www.ihtsdo.org/showcase_reg.

  • SNOMED CT®: US Extension, September 2012
    September 12, 2012
    The updated US Extension to SNOMED CT is available for download. The download now includes files in both SNOMED CT Release Format 1 (RF1) and Release Format 2 (RF2) versions.

August 2012

  • IHTSDO Affiliate Forum Invites Nominations for Standing Committees Due September 1, 2012
    August 15, 2012
    Call for Nominations: The IHTSDO Affiliate Forum (AF) is soliciting nominations for an AF representative on each of the four IHTSDO Standing Committees – Content, Quality Assurance, Implementation & Innovation, and Technical. Nominees must be either Affiliate Licensees or a recognized representative of an Affiliate Licensee organization, and must also register as members of the Affiliate Forum. Nominees will serve a two-year period beginning on January 1, 2013. To nominate a person, download the appropriate nomination form and send the completed form to info@ihtsdo.org. Nominations are due to the IHTSDO by September 1, 2012.

  • SNOMED CT® to ICD-10 Cross Maps – Technology Preview Release
    August 9, 2012
    The IHTSDO released the Technology Preview of SNOMED CT to ICD-10 cross maps. The cross maps support epidemiological, statistical, and administrative reporting and are available for download on the UMLS Web site. The contents map July 2010 SNOMED CT to ICD-10 second edition (2008). For more information about the cross maps, see the IHTSDO press release.

  • Update to SNOMED CT®: International Release, July 2012
    August 9, 2012
    The IHTSDO released an updated version of the July 2012 International Release. The update corrects errors in the RF1 Relationships file (sct1_Relationships_Core_INT_20120731.txt) and replaces the previously released version. It is available for download on the UMLS Web site as of August 9. Users should download and use the updated file.

July 2012

  • SNOMED CT®: International Release, July 2012
    July 31, 2012
    The July 2012 International Release of SNOMED CT is available for download from both the SNOMED CT and Downloads menus of the UTS. The download contains SNOMED CT files in both Release Format 1 (RF1) and the new Release Format 2 (RF2) versions. Additionally, updated RF2 to RF1 compatibility tools are available for download from the same Web page.

June 2012

  • NLM Invites Nominations for IHTSDO Standing Committees Due June 29, 2012
    June 5, 2012
    Call for Nominations: As the U.S. Member of the IHTSDO, the NLM is soliciting nominations of potential candidates for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees – Content, Quality Assurance, Implementation & Innovation, and Technical. These committees have important roles in the ongoing development of the SNOMED CT clinical terminology and in the IHTSDO. Nominations are due to NLM by COB June 29, 2012.  See details at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/IHTSDONominate2012.html.

  • ADA and IHTSDO Agree to Licensing Arrangements
    June 4, 2012
    The American Dental Association (ADA) and the IHTSDO announce a licensing agreement to incorporate ADA dental diagnostic codes into SNOMED CT. The ADA Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry (SNODENT) will be included in the SNOMED CT International Release. As part of this agreement, the IHTSDO Content Committee will form an International Dentistry Specialty Interest Group (Dental SIG). For more information see the IHTSDO News Announcement.

  • 2012AA UMLS Release available on UTS
    June 4, 2012
    The 2012AA edition of the UMLS Knowledge Sources is available for searching on the UTS Metathesaurus Browser. The browser is available from the Applications menu of the UTS.

May 2012

April 2012

  • SNOMED CT®: US Extension, March 2012 (RF2)
    April 5, 2012
    The March release of the US Extension to SNOMED CT is available for download in SNOMED CT Release Format 2 (RF2), Snapshot View. The previous March download is the Release Format 1 (RF1) version.

March 2012

  • An Overview to RxNorm (Updated)
    March 16, 2012
    The updated RxNorm Overview is now available. The overview gives new users a general idea of the purpose and structure of RxNorm.

  • SNOMED CT® to ICD-10-CM Cross Map – Preview Release
    March 1, 2012
    The new SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM Cross Map is available for download by UMLS licensees. The map supports semi-automated generation of ICD-10-CM codes from SNOMED CT data for reimbursement and statistical purposes. The preview version provides mapping from 7,277 SNOMED CT concepts. NLM will provide an updated version mapping from approximately 15,000 SNOMED CT concepts in June 2012.

  • SNOMED CT®: US Extension, March 2012
    March 1, 2012
    The updated US Extension to SNOMED CT is available for download.

  • UMLS Metathesarus Data Change
    March 1, 2012
    The maximum field length for the attribute name (ATN) field in the MRSAT file is now 100 characters. Users may need to update database load scripts to reflect the change.

  • New CMT Subset Available
    March 1, 2012
    The Hematology/Oncology Problem List Subset from Convergent Medical Terminology (CMT) is available for download by UMLS licensees. The subset includes 2,846 concepts. For more information about CMT, see UMLS News from April 2011 and Kaiser Permanente Opens Access to CMT to Support HHS Health IT Goals Frequently Asked Questions.

February 2012

January 2012

  • SNOMED CT®: International Release, January 2012
    January 31, 2012
    The January 2012 International Release of SNOMED CT is available for download from both the SNOMED CT and Downloads menus of the UTS. The download contains SNOMED CT files in both Release Format 1 (RF1) and the new Release Format 2 (RF2) versions. Additionally, updated RF2 to RF1 compatibility tools are available for download from the same Web page.

  • UMLS Video Learning Resources Web Page
    January 13, 2012
    The new Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Video Learning Resources Web page consolidates all UMLS-related video tutorials including Quick Tours and Webinars. The new page replaces the separate Quick Tours and Webcasts Web pages. For details, see the NLM Technical Bulletin article.