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SNOMED Global Patient Set

18 December, 2022

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SNOMED - Global Patient Set


This may well assist refugees, immigrants, emigrants, travellers and others

crossing national borders and systems such as the European Health data

Space. The European Health Data Space – what you need to know (https://data.europa.eu/en/news-events/news/european-health-data-space-wh...)

The European union has 24 languages of which three German, French, English have "procedural" status.

What is the Global Patient Set?

The Global Patient Set (GPS) is a managed collection of existing SNOMED CT reference sets released by SNOMED International. The GPS is comprised of unique identifiers, fully specified names (FSN), preferred terms in international English, and active/inactive status flags.

The GPS excludes SNOMED CT’s inherent relationships and hierarchies; fundamental to the nature of an ontology and its ability to enable clinical data analytics, decision support, artificial intelligence, etc. Further, concept synonyms and definitions are not provided as part of the GPS.

Why release the Global Patient Set?

The GPS is a mechanism to foster interoperability creation in less digitally mature countries as well as a tool to support the travel of citizens and their information across borders into countries not presently licensed to use SNOMED CT.

For some, the GPS provides a starting point for migration to the use of SNOMED CT. For example,the GPS allows SNOMED CT exposure to countries considering membership in SNOMED International without requiring initial investment. For all the GPS can support citizen movement with assurance that a foundation of structured patient information is available, when needed most.

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