The website (http://www.snoflake.co.uk) is designed to raise awareness of SNOMED and the benefits it can bring to healthcare systems within the UK health sector. After extensive consultation with its users in 2009, Dataline is launching version 3.0 of the website this month with a range of important new features.
The term SNOMED is currently only familiar to those working within healthcare, but this is changing rapidly. This new terminology which aims to define a single code for every ailment and remedy is gaining international acceptance. It promises a more accurate way of exchanging clinical data, and could ultimately aid the analysis of which treatments most likely lead to patient recovery. Datalines SNOMED browser allows users to search and navigate the 400,000 inter-related concepts; from Aardvark to Zymophilus raffinosivoransl.
The new version of Snoflake launched this month introduces:
A simplified user interface, based on feedback from registered users.
The International SNOMED CT 2009 dataset from the IHTSDO.
A quick code search using either SNOMED RT or Read (CTv3) codes.
A simplified add to favourites feature that remembers commonly used codes.
Adrian Bleach, Managing Director of Dataline is enthusiastic about the growing interest in SNOMED, saying The number of users registering to use the site has quadrupled since this time last year, which shows a general increase of awareness globally. The feedback we have received from this growing number of users has helped us to prototype new search interfaces – not just for the web, but also handheld devices.
As well as keeping Snoflake up-to-date with the latest versions of the international dataset from the IHTSDO, the design team is building yet more functionality in 2010. A SNOMED Browser for the iPhone is due to launch later this year, plus an interface that will enable the SNOMED Browser to be integrated into Hospital Information and EPR Systems. If you would like further information about these or other imminent product launches, you can email Dataline Software at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dataline Software (http://www.dataline.co.uk):
Dataline Software has been delivering information technology solutions to businesses of all sizes for over 25 years, and specializes in the areas of e-Business, SQL database and network technologies. It’s portfolio of products includes i5, a unique tool for publishing SQL databases on the web. Dataline is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a Cisco Registered Partner.
Technical expertise in web applications and e-business development, networks, SQL Databases, Windows and mobile computing together with many years experience in project management enables us to offer quality consultancy to the client-server / Internet market place. We are able to offer assistance and advice at every level of project development including choice of hardware, network topology, database installation and configuration, system specification, database design and project resourcing as well as support, training and development.
About IHTSDO and SNOMED CT (http://www.ihtsdo.org):
The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation is an international not-for-profit organization based in Denmark. IHTSDO acquires, owns and administers the rights to SNOMED CT and other health terminologies and related standards.
The purpose of IHTSDO is to develop, maintain, promote and enable the uptake and correct use of its terminology products in health systems, services and products around the world, and undertake any or all activities incidental and conducive to achieving the purpose of the Association for the benefits of the members.
The IHTSDO seeks to improve the health of humankind by fostering the development and use of suitable standardized clinical terminologies, notably SNOMED CT, in order to support safe, accurate, and effective exchange of clinical and related health information. The focus is on enabling the implementation of semantically accurate health records that are interoperable. Support to Association Members and Licensees is provided on a global basis allowing the pooling of resources to achieve shared benefits.