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One step closer to interoperability: Applying SNOMED CT’s engine to the International Patient Summary

In 2022, SNOMED International will extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone sub-ontology to support the scope of content within the International Patient Summary (IPS) under a Creative Commons license.

London, United Kingdom, Nov. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At SNOMED International’s recent October Business Meetings held in London, the organization’s governance bodies enacted a decision to extend the core of SNOMED CT’s structured clinical terminology to deliver an open, standalone sub-ontology to support the scope of content within the International Patient Summary (IPS.)

The IPS is an electronic health record extract containing essential healthcare information for use in the unscheduled, cross-border care scenario, as well as for local, regional and other care scenarios. It is a minimal, non-exhaustive set of data elements defined by ISO/EN 17269 and delivered by HL7 in both CDA and FHIR using a curated set of SNOMED CT terms.

There is a groundswell of support across all health sectors to increase the portability and usability of patient information for the purpose of safe health care delivery. In 2019, SNOMED International and HL7 International announced the formalization of a license agreement in which a relevant ‘Free for Use’ Set of SNOMED CT coded concepts would be used within the HL7 IPS. Most recently, we watched as G7 leaders collaborated to release a communique on the dire need to progress a global health interoperability agenda. IBM offers a working definition of interoperability as “the timely and secure access, integration and use of electronic health data so that it can be used to optimize health outcomes for individuals and populations.”  The G7 communique, which highlighted the importance of enabling digital healthcare systems worldwide to work together seamlessly as patients move between providers, facilities and even countries, is an impactful statement that rippled throughout the global health community. A charge taken up by the Global Digital Health Partnership, it is one SNOMED International is eager to support.

Embracing a collaborative approach, “SNOMED International has been pleased to continue to work with HL7 International and partners across Europe and beyond to define SNOMED CT content for use in the International Patient Summary,” offered SNOMED International Management Board Chair, Joanne Burns.

Continuing to act in the spirit of the IPS Freeset, SNOMED International has committed to create and release an openly available IPS sub-ontology in the first half of 2022 to enhance the existing cross border movement of information, and ultimately health system interoperability. Unlike SNOMED International’s Global Patient Set, a flat list of SNOMED CT codes and terms, an IPS sub-ontology will provide implementers with a product that can be used in healthcare solutions using the power of SNOMED CT through its query language and hierarchies for the specified scope. Use of the IPS sub-ontology will allow for more effective use of clinical data analytics and decision support, and for Artificial Intelligence applications.

Alex Elias, Chair of SNOMED International’s General Assembly, the organization’s Member governance body, has observed a significant increase in discussion regarding the IPS. “2021 has seen increased interest by governments and Health and Care organizations globally for implementing the IPS to enhance timely cross border health information flow and interoperability. This has been a primary driver in SNOMED International supporting this recent initiative to make the IPS sub-ontology openly available with SNOMED CT content.“

An organization with an extensive history and active program of collaboration, SNOMED International CEO, Don Sweete, has played a pivotal role in positioning the IPS sub-ontology as a ‘soon to be achieved’ reality. “As the G7 Health Ministers recently indicated, the importance of enabling digital healthcare systems worldwide to work together seamlessly so patients don’t suffer as they move between providers, facilities and even countries is a sentiment that has rippled throughout the global health community”, offered Sweete. He went on to state that, “continued work with fellow health standards development, national, clinical and technical entities, SNOMED International will dedicate resources to achieve the goal of digital health interoperability.” Sweete added, “equipping the IPS, already one of the best examples of international collaboration among standards bodies, with the full capability of SNOMED CT’s ontological design is a significant action that we can contribute to achieving health information access gains for patients.”

Over the coming months, SNOMED International is formalizing the steps and due diligence required to make the IPS sub-ontology available for broad release. Throughout this period, SNOMED International will continue to define the IPS sub-ontology, from content through to its release and maintenance approach for launch in the first half of 2022.

Visit SNOMED International’s IPS Sub-Ontology information page or subscribe to the organization’s news service to learn more as this initiative progresses. For additional information, contact info@snomed.org.

 

About SNOMED International

SNOMED International is a not-for-profit organization that owns and develops SNOMED CT, the world’s most comprehensive healthcare terminology product. We play an essential role in improving the health of humankind by determining standards for a codified language that represents groups of clinical terms. This enables healthcare information to be exchanged globally for the benefit of patients and other stakeholders. We are committed to the rigorous evolution of our products and services, to deliver continuous innovation for the global healthcare community. SNOMED International is the trading name of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation.

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Logistical Challenges Hampering Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drives

As deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa finally pick up, many nations are struggling with the logistics of accelerating their inoculation campaigns, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday.

Only 6.6% of Africa’s population of 1.2 billion is fully vaccinated, John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), told a virtual news conference. That means Africa is far from reaching the African Union’s aim of fully vaccinating 70% of people by the end of 2022, he added.

“What we are seeing now is a lot more vaccines coming in and the uptake is challenged because of the logistics and delivery,” said Nkengasong. “It’s not necessarily about hesitancy, it’s about moving vaccines from the airport to the arms (of people), it’s about logistics.”

He named Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon as having particular logistical challenges but said many other African countries faced similar problems.

Congo has so far administered about 168,000 doses of COVID vaccines, a Reuters tracker showed, enough to have fully vaccinated just 0.1% of the population.

In April, authorities reallocated to other African countries most of the 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses Congo had received a month earlier from the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility because they were set to expire.

Across Africa, authorities successfully conduct routine mass vaccination campaigns against diseases such as measles. But many struggled earlier in the year when COVID-19 doses arrived, citing shortages of funding, training, and cold storage.

Of some 403 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed to 54 African countries, only 55% of them, or 221 million, have been administered.

South Africa has asked Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and Pfizer (PFE.N) to delay delivery of more COVID-19 vaccines because it now has too many in stock, as vaccine hesitancy slows its inoculation campaign, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

 

 

Source: Voice of America

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Africa’s COVID-19 Vaccination Pace Slows Despite Receipt of Supplies

African health officials say the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations has slowed on the continent, raising concerns about stopping the pandemic. They are calling on Africans to get inoculated as soon as vaccine arrives through the COVAX initiative, which aims for equitable, global access. The World Health Organization African Region also is warning people against lowering their guard during this festive period.

Speaking at a virtual press briefing Thursday, John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the number of Africans seeking COVID-19 vaccinations has gone down.

“Only 55% of the vaccines that have arrived have been used in the continent. That’s a really unacceptable situation because of distribution which means that if people want to be vaccinated, they can be vaccinated. We are making an appeal to everyone in the continent who has access to vaccines to go get their vaccines and that’s the only way we can protect ourselves,” he said.

The continent’s health agency says the slow pace of inoculations is not about hesitancy or lack of vaccine, but moving the vaccine from the airport to people’s arms.

So far, Africa has vaccinated 10% of its population and received 330 million doses from COVAX, the U.N.-backed global initiative to distribute shots to low- and middle-income countries. Africa has a population of 1.3 billion people.

Richard Mihigo is a program coordinator with the World Health Organization’s Immunization and Vaccine Development Program.

“It’s very good news now that we have more supply. Now we are trying to make sure the countries are getting ready, they are even diversifying strategies in reaching out not only to vulnerable populations, but we have also seen countries that have opened up vaccination even to children between 12 years and above,” he said.

Kenya has witnessed slow action on COVID-19 vaccinations. This week, authorities threatened to cut off government services to unvaccinated individuals.

Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, said the population needs to be careful as people prepare for the December holidays.

“…We are already seeing an uptick in cases in southern Africa with a 485% jump in new cases compared with the presiding week. This comes after 18 weeks of sustained decline with the increase driven mainly by a spike in cases in southern Africa. We know that vaccination is our best defense. But while many high-income countries report more than 60 percent vaccine coverage, just over 7% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated,” said Moeti.

Botswana and South Africa have reported a new coronavirus variant, B.1.1529, which is believed to be highly transmittable and vaccine-resistant.

A WHO analysis shows only 27% of African health workers are fully vaccinated, leaving many medical workers unprotected.

Africa has recorded more than 8.6 million coronavirus cases and 221,000 deaths from the resulting COVID-19 illness.

 

 

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Two Chinese Nationals Killed, Others Kidnapped in Eastern Congo: Army

Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people have been kidnapped in an attack by the CODECO militia on a mining camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an army spokesman said Thursday.

A local chief and a civil society leader also confirmed the two deaths and said eight other Chinese people were missing after Wednesday’s attack. They also blamed CODECO, one of an array of armed groups active in the area.

The attack took place in Djugu, in Ituri province, where Chinese nationals have informal gold mining operations. “We confirm that CODECO elements attacked one of our positions in Djugu territory. They also attacked a base of our Chinese brothers, unfortunately killing two of them and kidnapping others,” said Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, spokesman for the army in Ituri.

The CODECO militia could not be reached for comment. The Chinese embassy in Kinshasa also could not be reached. The United Nations says repeated attacks by CODECO have killed hundreds of civilians in Djugu territory since 2017 and forced thousands to flee their homes.

About 20 people were killed in an attack on displaced civilians in Djugu territory Sunday night, which the government also blamed on CODECO.

CODECO’s fighters are drawn mainly from the Lendu farming community, which has long been in conflict with Hema herders. Wednesday’s attack was the second on a Chinese mining operation in a week in Congo’s restive east. Authorities said Sunday gunmen had killed a policeman and kidnapped five Chinese nationals near a mine in South Kivu province.

 

 

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Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group da Nikkiso Anuncia a Criação de Instalações Navais Expandidas na Coreia

TEMECULA, Califórnia, Nov. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Grupo), subsidiária da Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japão), tem o orgulho de anunciar a expansão das nossas instalações em Busan na Coreia para acomodar o novo Centro Naval deles. Esta expansão representa o compromisso e apoio deles ao crescimento da indústria de construção naval coreana.

A nova e maior instalação fornece soluções marítimas de sistema completo e servirá como a base do Grupo para todas as atividades marítimas da Coreia. Como instalação unificada da Nikkiso, eles fornecerão soluções marítimas, incluindo skids de bombas, vaporizadores, controles, skids de gás combustível de alta pressão, serviços e muito mais. A instalação inclui capacidades completas de testes criogênicos, e equipe expandida de engenheiros de concepção, gerentes de produção e projetos.

A área naval tem sido um dos principais focos do Grupo, e essa expansão proporciona uma forte estrutura de suporte para o crescimento futuro. A nova instalação está perfeitamente localizada na região para apoiar os principais clientes e proporcionar crescimento antecipado do foco da indústria naval em energia limpa. Com aproximadamente 4.000 metros quadrados, a instalação está equipada para fabricar bombas criogênicas, skid de vaporizador FGSS, skids de estação LH2, skids de processo, e também contará com a mais recente instalação de teste de skid de bomba LN2. O local também inclui um centro de serviço de 342 metros quadrados.

De acordo com Daryl Lamy, Presidente da Nikkiso Cryogenic Pumps: “a Nikkiso ACD é o fornecedor preferido de skids de Gás Combustível para a indústria de construção naval coreana há mais de 20 anos! Com a nossa nova instalação de embalagem e teste de skid localizada perto dos estaleiros na Coreia, agora temos ainda maior capacidade e suporte local para atender ao substancial aumento e demanda global por novas embarcações de transporte e carga movidas a GNL.”

De acordo com Peter Wagner, CEO da Cryogenic Industries e Presidente do Grupo: “Este é um próximo passo empolgante e um marco importante para o nosso Grupo e para o mercado Naval movido a GNL, além de ser um benefício significativo para os nossos clientes da área Naval. A Nikkiso CE&IG agora pode fornecer sistemas e soluções completas para nossos clientes com suporte total da fábrica.”

Informações de Contato:

Nikkiso Clean Energy e Industrial Gases – Coreia
Matriz e Fábrica         : 83, Nosan sanup jung-ro, Gangseo-gu, Busan, 46752, Coreia do Sul
Escritório              : #1912, 170 Ganggyo jungang-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon,
Gyuenggi 16614 Coreia do Sul
info@NikkisoCEIG-Korea.com

SOBRE A CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
A Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (agora membro da Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) fabrica equipamentos de processamento de gás criogênico projetados e plantas de processo de pequena escala para as indústrias de gás natural liquefeito (GNL), serviços de poços e gás industrial. Fundada há mais de 50 anos, a Cryogenic Industries é a empresa controladora da ACD, Cosmodyne e Cryoquip, e de um grupo comumente controlado de aproximadamente 20 entidades operacionais.

Para mais informação, visite www.nikkisoCEIG.com e www.nikkiso.com.

CONTATO COM A MÍDIA:
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group annonce la création d’une installation maritime agrandie en Corée

TEMECULA, Californie, 24 nov. 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (ci-après le « Groupe »), filiale de Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japon), est fière d’annoncer l’agrandissement de son usine de Pusan (Corée) en vue d’accueillir son nouveau centre maritime. Ce projet d’extension traduit son engagement et son soutien en faveur de la croissance du secteur coréen de la construction navale.

Le nouveau site, doté d’une envergure plus étendue, vise à produire des solutions maritimes complètes et à servir de base à l’ensemble des activités maritimes du Groupe en Corée. En qualité de site unifié de Nikkiso, l’enterprise fournira des solutions maritimes, notamment des patins de pompe, vaporisateurs, systèmes de commande, patins de gaz combustible à haute pression, ainsi que des services et bien plus encore. L’installation comprend des capacités de test cryogénique complètes et un personnel élargi comprenant des ingénieurs de conception, des responsables de production et des chefs de projet.

Le secteur maritime constitue une priorité majeure du Groupe, et cet agrandissement met à sa disposition une structure solide en vue de soutenir sa croissance future. La situation de la nouvelle installation est idéale dans la région pour desservir sa clientèle stratégique et assurer une croissance anticipée de l’accent mis par l’industrie maritime sur les énergies propres. D’une superficie d’environ 4 000 mètres carrés, le site de production est équipé pour fabriquer et produire des pompes cryogéniques, patins de vaporisateur FGSS, patins de station LH2 et patins de traitement, et il comprendra la dernière installation d’essai des patins de pompe LN2. Il comprend également un centre de service de 342 mètres carrés.

Selon Daryl Lamy, président de Nikkiso Cryogenic Pumps, « Nikkiso ACD est le fournisseur de patins pour gaz combustibles privilégié par l’industrie coréenne de la construction navale depuis plus de 20 ans ! Grâce à notre nouveau site de conditionnement et d’essai des patins localisé à proximité des chantiers navals en Corée, nous disposons désormais d’une capacité et d’un soutien local encore plus grands pour répondre à la croissance et à la demande mondiales significatives en matière de nouveaux navires de transport et de fret alimentés par GNL ».

Peter Wagner, président-directeur général de Cryogenic Industries et président du Groupe, a pour sa part déclaré : « Il s’agit d’une nouvelle étape prometteuse et d’un tournant important important pour notre Groupe et pour le marché maritime propulsé par GNL, ainsi que d’un avantage significatif pour nos clients du secteur maritime. Nikkiso CE&IG sera désormais capable de fournir des systèmes complets et de soutenir ses clients avec une solution entièrement prise en charge en usine ».

Contact :

Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases – Corée
Siège social et usine         : 83, Nosan sanup jung-ro, Gangseo-gu, Busan, 46752, Corée
Succursale                : #1912, 170 Ganggyo jungang-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon,
Gyuenggi 16614 Corée
info@NikkisoCEIG-Korea.com

À PROPOS DE CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (aujourd’hui membre de Nikkiso Co., Ltd) et ses entreprises membres fabriquent des équipements et petites usines de traitement du gaz cryogénique pour les secteurs du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL), des services d’entretien de puits et du gaz industriel. Fondée il y a plus de 50 ans, Cryogenic Industries est la société-mère d’ACD, Cosmodyne et de Cryoquip, ainsi qu’un groupe administré en commun comptant une vingtaine d’entités opérationnelles.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter les sites www.nikkisoCEIG.com et www.nikkiso.com.

Contact auprès des médias :
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries devient partenaire agréé du marché secondaire nord-américain pour Tatsuno

TEMECULA, Californie, 24 nov. 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le groupe d’énergie propre et de gaz industriels Nikkiso (« Nikkiso ») a annoncé la signature d’un protocole d’accord avec Tatsuno North America, Inc. (« Tatsuno ») en vue d’initier une coopération en tant que partenaire agréé sur le marché secondaire de ses distributeurs d’hydrogène en Amérique du Nord et d’établir un cadre de coopération.

Conformément aux termes du protocole d’accord, Nikkiso fournira des pièces de rechange, des services de maintenance et de réparation des distributeurs d’hydrogène de Tatsuno à partir de son réseau d’Amérique du Nord, situé à proximité des stations de recharge d’hydrogène de l’utilisateur final. En outre, Nikkiso installera et mettra en service de nouveaux distributeurs, y compris la fourniture de services d’assistance technique et de pré-configuration pour les systèmes de recharge et de gestion de flotte de Tatsuno.

La distribution d’hydrogène est un nouveau marché en développement et un élément important de la solution de station de ravitaillement en hydrogène. Ces distributeurs assurent un ravitaillement sûr et rapide pour les véhicules utilitaires légers et lourds à 350 barg et 700 barg.

« Le partenariat nouvellement formé avec Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries et Tatsuno renforce notre présence sur le marché de l’hydrogène et nous permet de mieux desservir les marchés nord-américains », a déclaré Teru Murakami, responsable de l’activité de cryogénie commerciale de Nikkiso Co., Ltd. « Nous avons à cœur de fournir à nos clients un service et une assistance de qualité supérieure », a-t-il ajouté.

La société Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries a été choisie pour ce nouveau partenariat à long terme en raison de ses relations et de son expérience dans le domaine de l’hydrogène. La société est également en mesure de fournir des services étendus, y compris des solutions complètes de ravitaillement en hydrogène. Ce partenariat apportera également de nouveaux emplois à l’économie de services locale.

À PROPOS DE CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (aujourd’hui membre de Nikkiso Co., Ltd) et ses entreprises membres fabriquent des équipements et petites usines de traitement du gaz cryogénique pour les secteurs du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL), des services d’entretien de puits et du gaz industriel. Fondée il y a plus de 50 ans, Cryogenic Industries est la société-mère d’ACD, de Cosmodyne et de Cryoquip, ainsi qu’un groupe administré en commun comptant une vingtaine d’entités opérationnelles.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter les sites www.nikkisoCEIG.com et www.nikkiso.com.

Contact auprès des médias :
Anna Quigley +1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries torna-se parceiro autorizado de mercado secundário da Tatsuno na América do Norte

TEMECULA, Calif., Nov. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Nikkiso”) da Nikkiso anunciou a assinatura de um Memorando de Entendimento (MOU) com a Tatsuno North America, Inc. (“Tatsuno”) para iniciar a cooperação como Parceiro Autorizado de Mercado Secundário de seus Dispensadores de Hidrogênio na América do Norte para a criação de uma base de cooperação.

Sob os termos do MOU, a Nikkiso fornecerá peças de reposição, serviços de manutenção e reparo dos Dispensadores de Hidrogênio da Tatsuno através da rede de instalações da Nikkiso na América do Norte que estão perto das estações de reabastecimento de hidrogênio do usuário final. Além disso, a Nikkiso irá encomendar e instalar novos dispensadores, além de fornecer suporte de engenharia e pré-configuração para os sistemas de gerenciamento de carregamento e de frota da Tatsuno.

A distribuição de hidrogênio é um mercado novo e em desenvolvimento, e um componente importante da solução da estação de abastecimento de hidrogênio. Esses dispensadores fornecem abastecimento seguro e rápido para veículos leves e pesados a 350 barg e 700 barg.

“A parceria recém-formada da Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries com a Tatsuno fortalece a presença do nosso Hidrogênio e viabiliza que possamos atender melhor os mercados norte-americanos”, disse com Teru Murakami, Gerente Geral do Departamento de Negócios Criogênicos da Nikkiso Co., Ltd. “Estamos prontos para fornecer aos clientes da Tatsuno um serviço e suporte de alta qualidade.”

A Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries foi escolhida para esta nova parceria de longo prazo por causa dos seus relacionamentos e experiência com hidrogênio. Ela também fornece serviços expandidos, incluindo soluções completas de sistema de abastecimento de hidrogênio. Esta parceria também viabilizará a criação de novos postos de trabalho para as economias locais das instalações de serviço.

SOBRE A CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
A Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (agora membro da Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) fabrica equipamentos de processamento de gás criogênico projetados e plantas de processo de pequena escala para as indústrias de gás natural liquefeito (GNL), serviços de poços e gás industrial. Fundada há mais de 50 anos, a Cryogenic Industries é a empresa controladora da ACD, Cosmodyne e Cryoquip, e de um grupo comumente controlado de aproximadamente 20 entidades operacionais.

Para mais informação, visite www.nikkisoCEIG.com e www.nikkiso.com.

CONTATO COM A MÍDIA:
Anna Quigley +1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com