SCATA Members Newsletter April 2023

Dear SCATA Member

Annual Scientific Meeting Glasgow Monday 26-June 2023

The first draft of the programme is now on the website and online booking is open. We're looking for speakers for Session 3 in the afternoon and of course, free papers for the last session of the day.

This is our first face-to-face meeting since Manchester in 2019 but we hope to be able to Livestream at least some of the programme.

The theme of this year's meeting is "Digital Care Records in Anaesthesia - Past, Present and Future". We're looking for one or possibly two speakers for the afternoon session on "future" so if you're involved either locally or nationally in a project or procurement that aims (pun intended) to break new ground, please get in touch, Speakers are able to claim travel expenses and free registration.

We have the usual Free Paper session in the afternoon,.along with the usual £300 first prize and two £150 prizes for runners-up. Eligibility criteria apply - the presenter must be a trainee and must be a named author on the paper. The judges will be hand-picked from the SCATA committee members.

Grant is working on a members' survey that we hope to present at the meeting - a few questions about whether you currently have an AIMS, and if so, which one, and what value (or otherwise) you think it brings to your organisation and to your department. Details to follow.

Please support SCATA by booking your study leave early and joining us at city centre venue, with great rail links and a regular bus service from Glasgow Airport. We'll post some local hotel suggestions on the website in the next week or so but if you follow the map link, you can see that there are plenty in the area.

Our guest speaker from the US is Dr Patrick McCormick, chair of the SNOMED-CT Anesthesia CRG and resident of New York City. It will be Patrick's first visit on the STA Speaker Exchange Programme and we look forward to welcoming him to Scotland.

NHS Hackday - Cardiff 21-22 May

The NHS Hackday is back! There is a weekend event scheduled for Cardiff in May. If you haven't been to one before, they're free and a lot of fun, even if you don't have a technical background. Got a problem needing solved? Bring it along, pitch it and see who's interested.

Full details here:

SNOMED Anesthesia CRG

Speaking of SNOMED, the CRG met in London and on Zoom on the 4th April.
There is an interesting piece of work kicking off to draft a SNOMED implementation guide for Anesthesia.
The target audience is essentially anyone that is interested in using SNOMED terms in their application or data model and could be a clinican, developer, researcher etc. The trouble is, anesthesia is a big terminology space with 1,000s of terms. One suggestion is to break it down initially into three broad areas - Devices/Device Data, Procedures and Medication Administration. Of these three, Devices is best understood from a structured data point of view and might be a good starting point.
A useful resource for comparison is the Allergies, Hypersensitivity and Intolerance IG:
This gives an idea of the standard template that they use. I get the impression that this is a new venture for SNOMED but a welcome one, and will help us focus on the key areas for terminology binding in the FHIR-IG.

Looking forward to seeing you in Glasgow in June.

JP Lomas, Chairman

Grant Forrest, President


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