2008 Update

National activities

The national request submission system and maintenance processes are in final development. Customized SNOMED CT content is provided alongside the international release to facilitate SNOMED CT maintenance. 

Introductory and advanced training is available across Canada.

Implementation plans and other activities

A cross-Canada consultation was undertaken to develop a national SNOMED CT Implementation Strategy. We anticipate its approval by Canada Health Infoway. 

SNOMED CT is the clinical terminology for the national Panorama Public Health Surveillance solution, and for a host of e-solutions, including the pan-Canadian interoperable EHR.

Development continues for a number of projects including:

  • Synoptic surgical oncology reports using CAP Checklists (LOINC® and SNOMED CT®)
  • Asthma care
  • Mental health
  • Laboratory microorganism reporting

Canada continues to participate in the HL7 Terminfo initiative developing guidance for using SNOMED CT in V3 messages.

Number of Affiliate Licensees

Standards Collaborative Membership as of February 20, 2009:

  • 164 Vendors/Consultants/Private Insurers
  • 78 Jurisdictions/Agencies
  • 75 Hospitals/Clinics/Networks
  • 95 Professional Colleges/Academic Institutions
  • 64 Individuals

Affiliate activities

The Infoway Standards Collaborative has a Terminology Representation and Services Working Group supporting the integration of SNOMED CT into domestic standards.

Its main focus is providing input to Canada's overall terminology maintenance process which integrates SNOMED CT into submission change requests for all terminologies. 

Translation plans and activities

The first phase of translating SNOMED CT into French will make 30,000 concepts available by May 2009. The CliniClue browser was adapted with a French interface and the capability to load Canadian English and French extensions. A second translation phase is planned. To learn more, visit this page on our website:



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