Daily Archives: February 14, 2019

HL7 and SNOMED International Announce Agreement for Free Set of Terms for Use with International Patient Summary

Orlando, Fl., Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SNOMED International and Health Level Seven International (HL7) announce today the formalization of a license agreement in which a relevant ‘Free for Use’ Set of SNOMED CT coded concepts will be used within the HL7 International Patient Summary (IPS).

Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services.

SNOMED International is a not-for-profit, member-owned and driven international organization charged with maintaining and releasing the SNOMED CT clinical terminology product; the world’s most comprehensive clinical terminology. Presently comprised of 38 Member countries globally, SNOMED International supports the role that structured clinical terminology plays in cross border migration, and by extension the delivery of health care services.

An IPS document 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 international in scope and fully aligned with CEN’s upcoming European Standard for the Patient Summary.  The SNOMED CT International Patient Summary (IPS) Free set consists of more than 8,000 terms for use in implementations of the HL7 CDA R2 and FHIR IPS Implementation guides word-wide.

Organizations, information systems, or mHealth apps creating or receiving an HL7 IPS may or may not have a SNOMED license. For organizations, regions or countries that have a SNOMED license, the SNOMED CT free set enables easier specification of the patient summary requirements and better interoperability, while for those organizations, regions, or countries that do not have SNOMED licenses, the free set enables them to use the data for care and to store within their EHRs. For some, it may provide a starting point for migration to the use of SNOMED CT.

The duration of the agreement is set out for a period of five years over the course of which updates to SNOMED CT content will be made in line with SNOMED International’s release schedule.

For more information on the HL7 International Patient Summary, visit http://international-patient-summary.net/mediawiki/index.php. For more information about HL7’s CDA standard, visit http://www.hl7.org/implement/standards/product_brief.cfm?product_id=483 . For more information on the SNOMED CT IPS Free Set, visit www.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 (IHTSDO.)

Website: www.snomed.org
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About HL7 International

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7 is supported by more than 1,600 members from over 50 countries, including 500+ corporate members representing healthcare providers, government stakeholders, payers, pharmaceutical companies, vendors/suppliers, and consulting firms.

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SNOMED International
1 416 566 8725
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Andrea Ribick
HL7 International
734-677-7777 x165
Andrea@HL7.org

NSF International Introduces Global Animal Wellness Standards

Standards establish practices for management systems to ensure animal welfare, health, feed, housing and husbandry

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NSF International, a global public health and safety organization known for food safety and quality, launched new Global Animal Wellness Standards to address the full lifecycle of all key species and establish best practices for how animals are kept, raised and responsibly managed. The standards are the first of their kind in establishing a universal approach to animal health and wellness.

As the food industry becomes increasingly attuned to consumer and investor expectations and the high demand for transparent animal welfare practices, it’s becoming imperative for organizations to define, implement and measure proper management systems for animal health, welfare, handling and care.

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards establish best practices by benchmarking against global animal welfare regulations and domestic animal welfare regulatory requirements, industry standards and codes of practices. Inspired by the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare and consistent with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) guidelines, NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards establish clear criteria to verify robust animal wellness management systems for beef and dairy cattle, poultry (including egg-laying), small ruminants and hogs. The standards are globally applicable, as they account for variability in regulatory requirements and variations in consumer pressure. Key areas include:

  • Animal sources, health and safety
  • Design, maintenance and protection in animal environment, facilities and equipment
  • Animal handling, husbandry and management commitment to animal wellness culture
  • Feed and water

Developed by NSF International, the Global Animal Wellness Standards were reviewed by an independent panel representing industry, academia and regulatory authorities. Technical experts from Canada, the U.S., the UK and South America were selected for their expertise including Dr. Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University animal science professor and livestock consultant. Dr. Grandin directly contributed to the review of the NSF Religious Slaughter standards, a component of the Global Animal Wellness Standards.

To achieve compliance, a facility must establish, document and implement an animal welfare management system. The standards have three tiers so there is opportunity for specifying customers to bring suppliers on board at the baseline, but encourage growth and development to achieve higher levels of compliance. The baseline level provides an entry point for farms or facilities in developing markets where practices have not yet been formalized. The next tier is “assurance” and provides specifiers with confidence that suppliers are operating with best practices in animal wellness. The third and highest tier is “certification” which demonstrates total commitment and compliance. All levels require independent audits to verify compliance and include zero tolerance for animal abuse, mistreatment or neglect.

“Animal welfare is an issue that impacts the agricultural and food production industry across the globe,” said Robert Prevendar, Global Managing Director of Supply Chain Food Safety at NSF International. “NSF International’s Global Animal Wellness Standards are designed to be relevant in every country, region and market. The standards ensure specifiers, facilities and producers that a strong, consistent animal wellness system is instituted wherever animals and animal products are sourced.”

NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards are a key component of the comprehensive animal wellness services provided by NSF International, which include testing, sustainability services, claim verifications and, separately, training and consulting.

For more information on NSF Global Animal Wellness Standards, please visit http://www.nsf.org/services/by-industry/food-safety-quality/animal-feed-welfare/animal-welfare, or contact Mike Kelty at kelty@nsf.org. For media inquiries, please contact Lindsay Karpinskas at media@nsf.org or +1-734-773-4194.

NSF International (nsf.org) is an independent, global organization that facilitates standards development, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. With operations in more than 175 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

NSF International provides expertise and accredited food services across all supply chain sectors, including agriculture, animal feed and welfare, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, quality management software, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative, foodservice equipment and nonfood compounds certification, HACCP validation and inspection, label claims verification and certification, DNA and food package testing, product and process development, and organic and Certified Transitional certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI). Separately, we offer expert consulting and training, including food fraud services.

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NSF International
+1 734 773 4194
media@nsf.org

Anantara Vacation Club Partners With NH Hotel Group To Enhance Its European Travel Offering

Thailand, Feb. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —
Bangkok, TH
 Anantara Vacation Club, Asia’s premier shared holiday ownership programme, has partnered with the Spanish-based NH Hotel Group to enhance the European travel destinations available to its eligible Club Points Owners.

In 2018, Anantara Vacation Club’s parent company – Minor Hotels – acquired a 94.1% stake in the NH Hotel Group, which currently operates three brands including NH Collection, NH Hotels and nhow and offers a portfolio of over 350 hotels in key destinations across Europe and Latin America.

The NH Hotel Group holds the third spot in the European ranking for business hotels and is listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange. It was founded in 1978 and has since grown to include over 53,000 rooms across 29 countries. Anantara Vacation Club’s new partnership with the NH Hotel Group brings significant flexibility to its eligible Club Points Ownership base, who can now make use of their Club Points to further their European travel more than ever before.

Along with the likes of Minor Hotels’ Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana Collection, Niyama Private Island Maldives and Naladhu Maldives brands, NH Hotel Group joins Diamond Resorts, Embarc Resorts, Dorsett Hospitality, Travily, The Crane Resort Barbados and Interval International as the latest Anantara Vacation Club partner to allow eligible Owners to use their Club Points to visit the globe’s most sought-after luxury travel destinations.

About Anantara Vacation Club

Anantara Vacation Club is Asia’s premier vacation ownership programme. It was launched in 2010 by Minor International PCL, the owner of Minor Hotels. The Club offers a portfolio of nine luxurious Club Resorts across Thailand, Indonesia, China and New Zealand and provides Club Points Owners and their guests with the opportunity to explore top holiday destinations. Club Points Owners’ travel opportunities are further enhanced through the use of the flexible Club Escapes and Global Traveller programmes, which provide access to hundreds of partner resorts and hotels internationally.

For more information, please visit www.anantaravacationclub.com, or follow Anantara Vacation Club’s blog or social media channels on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Weibo.

About Minor Hotels

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor with a portfolio of 549 hotels under the Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, NH Collection, NH, nhow, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands in 55 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, South and North America. With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world.  For more information, please visit www.minorhotels.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Stephanie Naday
snaday@anantaraclub.com
+66 (0) 2365 7500 ext. 5806

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Anantara Vacation Club
snaday@anantaraclub.com

Kali Adem to Have Pier

A 300-meter length pier will be developed in Kali Adem, Muara Angke, Penjaringan, North Jakarta in the near future.

Jakarta Maritime, Agriculture, and Food Security Agency Head, Eny Suparyani said that the pier will be equipped by a trestle as an access.

“We’ll also make a breakwater as long as 480 meters to protect ships at the pier from tidal wave,” she stated, Thursday (2/14).

To realize it, her agency has filed a budget of Rp 69.7 billion, which is still being auctioned.

“It’s targeted to be executed in early April,” she said.

Source: Berita Jakarta

Kali Adem to Have Pier

A 300-meter length pier will be developed in Kali Adem, Muara Angke, Penjaringan, North Jakarta in the near future.

Jakarta Maritime, Agriculture, and Food Security Agency Head, Eny Suparyani said that the pier will be equipped by a trestle as an access.

“We’ll also make a breakwater as long as 480 meters to protect ships at the pier from tidal wave,” she stated, Thursday (2/14).

To realize it, her agency has filed a budget of Rp 69.7 billion, which is still being auctioned.

“It’s targeted to be executed in early April,” she said.

Source: Berita Jakarta