IT501: A Descriptive Delta for Identifying Changes in SNOMED CT

TitleIT501: A Descriptive Delta for Identifying Changes in SNOMED CT
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsOchs C, Perl Y, Elhanan G, Case J
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomedical Ontology and BioCreative (ICBO BioCreative 2016)
Date Published11/30/16 Volume 1747
Other NumbersVol-1747|urn:nbn:de:0074-1747-1

SNOMED CT is a large and complex medical terminology. Thousands of editing operations are applied to its content for each new release. Understanding what changed in a release is important for the end user and SNOMED CT editors. Each SNOMED CT release comes with release notes that provide a brief description of the changes that occurred and a set of delta files that identify individual changes in the content. The release notes are brief and changes to thousands of concepts may be described in a few sentences, whereas the delta files contain tens of thousands of individual changes. To better identify how SNOMED CT content changes between releases we introduce a methodology of creating a descriptive delta that captures the editing operations that were applied to SNOMED CT content in a given release in a more comprehensible form. We use this methodology to analyze editing operations that were part of a recent remodeling effort of the Congenital disease and Infectious disease subhierarchies in the large Clinical finding hierarchy.