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  • NHS Digital Workshop – 'Role of SNOMED CT, FHIR and other standards in addressing Clinical & Business needs in Lab Medicine (Pathology)


    SNOMED International April 2020 Business Meetings

    Venue: Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London

    Date: 9th April 2020

    Time: 09:00-17:00



    This workshop will focus on Business/Clinical Needs in Lab Medicine (Pathology) and the role of Information Standards

    NHS Digital is the National Release Centre for SNOMED CT & other terminology and information standards for England. As part of a strategic national programme (CCIO7) envisioned by NHSx & NHS England, the National Pathology Information Standards team within NHS Digital have been working on enabling interoperability of laboratory medicine (pathology) tests and results across healthcare. In collaboration with our partners & stakeholders in the wider NHS, we have established the standards for `basic pathology` (biochemistry & haematology). Based on feedback received to date, we will be extending these standards to cover microbiology this year. We are however aware of existing clinical and business requirements in other lab medicine (pathology) & diagnostic disciplines. The scope of these needs (& challenges) are international in nature.

    To facilitate a discussion on the clinical/business needs across a wide range of national & international stakeholders & collaborators, NHS Digital have partnered with SNOMED International to hold a workshop as part of the SNOMED Business Meeting in April 2020. We have had expressions of interest and support from:

    1. National bodies across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland,
    2. Professional bodies like Royal College of Pathology
    3. Leading NHS organisations
    4. International Initiatives like TRUU Lab

    We welcome participation from interested participants in other member SNOMED member countries and anyone else with an interest in this area! We have limited spaces available. So please register your place by emailing or



    2: Agenda

    • Business Needs
      • Clinical/Business drivers - experience sharing from different country representatives 
      • Experience of standardisation to date - challenges & successes from different country representatives 
      • Future of Pathology & Diagnostic Medicine
    • Standards - how they address those needs/challenges above
      • Pathology Information Standards
        • SNOMED CT
        • FHIR
        • Units of Measure
      • Future of Pathology Information Standards - Internationally

    By Chris Hood 2 years ago

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  • FHIR awareness events

    As part of NHS Digital’s role in establishing FHIR in the UK health sector and also to communicate our approach to delivering a FHIR UK Core, we are holding some awareness days:

    Leeds - Tuesday 25th February 2020

    London - Thursday 19th March 2020

    Birmingham - Tuesday 21st April 2020

    These awareness days are free of charge to attend and are for those in roles who want to learn about the FHIR UK Core. Those attending will:

    • Find out more about who HL7UK are and what they do.
    • Get an introduction to what FHIR is.
    • Learn about the FHIR UK Core.
    • Hear from the Ministry of Defence as to how they are planning to use FHIR.
    • Be ‘walked through’ a practical exercise using the UK Core to create and validate a message instance.

    By Chris Hood 2 years ago

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  • NHS Digital National Pathology Information Standards Leeds/London Discussion Groups

    The National Pathology & Diagnostics team within NHS Digital have been working on work streams for migrating pathology/lab systems to SNOMED CT and FHIR. We are conducting a number of discussions to update and inform you regarding our work to date on Lab Medicine Business/Clinical needs and to discuss and address the role of standards.  We would like to invite you to participate in these discussions and obtain your feedback.   

    The discussion events (with the same content) are as follows: 



    Venue:  Queens Hotel 

    Address: City Square, Leeds LS1 1PJ 

    Date: 26/02/2020 

    Meeting duration: 12.30am – 4.00pm 



     Venue:  Mary Ward House 

    Address:  7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN 

    Date: 04/03/2020 

    Meeting duration: 12.30- 4.00pm   


    At each of these events we will:


    • Provide a brief update of the highlights/key achievements since the October 2018 events
    • Share a proposed forward view/Roadmap for your feedback to identify any gaps and inform prioritisation
    • Update you on the use of SNOMED with a generic Pathology Information Model and FHIR Message Specification and explore extensions for microbiology
    • Share a first iteration of a requesting model  following our Microbiology discovery phase, for your initial feedback and identification of interested parties to work with us
    • Update you on completing the UTL as a successor to the PBCL by domain and volume across blood sciences, immunology and microbiology for your feedback

    If you would like to attend either event (same content) please email: to register your interest, specifying preferred location (Leeds/London).

    By Chris Hood 2 years ago

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