June 12, 2013 07:57 ET

NCPDP Hosts Educational Webinar on SNOMED CT

Webinar to Offer Overview of the Clinical Terminology and the Critical Role It Plays in Stage 2 Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records, Interoperability, Data Analytics and Quality of Care

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Jun 12, 2013) - The National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) announced today its upcoming educational webinar: "SNOMED CT: An Introduction," on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will provide an overview of the clinical terminology, its benefits and relationship to other terminologies, implementation within electronic health records (EHRs), role in Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 and impact on data analytics and patient care.

SNOMED CT (Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms) is the world's most comprehensive clinical terminology system, offering more than 311,000 active concepts and definitions organized into hierarchies that can be embedded in software applications and EHRs to represent clinically relevant information reliably and consistently and foster information systems interoperability. SNOMED CT has been designated as a US standard for electronic health information exchange (HIE) and adopted for use by the federal government. Under Stage 2 meaningful use requirements for EHRs, the patient's problem list must be coded with SNOMED CT. Several standards NCPDP has developed to help the pharmacy and healthcare industries achieve greater connectivity and deliver higher quality, safer and more efficient and cost-effective care use SNOMED CT.

The webinar will be presented by Peter Hendler, MD, who is co-chair of the Health Level Seven (HL7) RIM-based Application Architecture Work Group, which works to facilitate the adoption and software implementation of HL7 standards. He is also the physician lead of the Convergent Medical Terminology group at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, and a practicing rheumatologist at Kaiser.

The educational webinar is intended for those who are new to SNOMED CT; developers of EHR and pharmacy information systems; hospitals and health systems implementing those solutions; and business managers and others who need to understand SNOMED CT requirements under Meaningful Use Stage 2 and how SNOMED CT differs from other medical terminologies, vocabularies and code systems.

"Healthcare organizations today are and will be under constant pressure to deliver better and safer care at lower cost," said Lee Ann Stember, president of NCPDP. "While there's unprecedented recognition that interoperability and actionable information are essential to achieving those objectives, there is also a need to provide education on the role SNOMED CT plays in enabling connectivity and data standardization. This webinar will provide targeted education that will help entities get and use better data to transform clinical and financial outcomes and overcome the business challenges they are facing."

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who register and attend the webinar may earn 1.0 hours of Continuing Education (CE) Credits from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). CE Credit is being provided by AmerisourceBergen.

To register for the webinar, please visit The fee is $50 for NCPDP members and $150 for non-members.

Founded in 1977, NCPDP is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited, Standards Development Organization with over 1,600 members representing virtually every sector of the pharmacy services industry. Our diverse membership provides leadership and healthcare business solutions through education and standards, created using the consensus building process. NCPDP has been named in federal legislation, including HIPAA, MMA, and HITECH. NCPDP members have created standards such as the Telecommunication Standard and Batch Standard, the SCRIPT Standard for e-Prescribing, the Manufacturers Rebate Standard and more to improve communication within the pharmacy industry. Our data products include dataQ®, a robust database of information on more than 76,000 pharmacies, and HCIdea®, a database of continually updated information on more than 2.3 million prescribers. NCPDP's RxReconn® is a legislative tracking product for real-time monitoring of pharmacy-related state and national legislative and regulatory activity. For more information about NCPDP Standards, Data Services, Products, Educational Programs and Work Group meetings, go online at or call (480) 477-1000.

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    Janet Cabibbo
    Amendola Communications for NCPDP
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