RESTON, VA, March 28, 2013 – WEDI, the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve the exchange of healthcare information and as an advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), today announced the development of a new WEDI Report to be released in December 2013, twenty years after the release of the initial WEDI Report. The 1993 WEDI Report provided a vision for the industry to successfully transition to electronic data interchange standards as a way to bring cost-efficiencies to burdensome administrative processes. The report led directly to the administrative simplification provisions in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which gave the industry transactions and code set standards, security and privacy requirements, the National Provider and Employer Identifiers, and the forthcoming Health Plan Identifier.
On the 20th anniversary of the original WEDI Report, WEDI is bringing together healthcare, corporate and government organizations to create an updated WEDI Report to guide the future of health information exchange. The 2013 WEDI Report will be overseen by a WEDI Report Executive Steering Committee consisting of representatives from 15 organizations representing healthcare, corporate, and government organizations, and led as Honorary Chair by former Secretary of HHS, The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D, who established WEDI in 1991.
“WEDI’s efforts to bring together industry and government, especially around the intersection of the administrative and clinical worlds, is a key component to helping people get better health and better care at lower cost,” said HHS’ Farzad Mostashari, national coordinator for Health IT.
The 2013 WEDI Report will identify the impacts of administrative and clinical technologies on the healthcare industry since 1993 and the likely role of emergent technologies in the years ahead. High-level lessons learned and the impact of technology and market forces on the original recommendations will also be documented in the updated report.
“This unique collaboration of private and public healthcare leaders presents an ideal opportunity to work toward a common goal to enhance our healthcare system for many years to come,” said Jim Daley, WEDI Chairman.
“Twenty years ago, as Secretary of HHS, I brought industry and government together under the WEDI aegis to collaborate on building a roadmap for the healthcare industry to apply information technology to facilitate exchange of healthcare data, improve quality of healthcare delivery, and reduce costs,” said The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. “I think it is appropriate on the 20th anniversary of the WEDI Report to revive that collaboration to draft a new roadmap to guide the next generation of healthcare information exchange that will lead to transforming the delivery of healthcare and improving the efficiency of the nation’s health system in the years ahead.”
Charleston, South Carolina-based Cornichon Healthcare Select, LLC was selected as project manager for and writer of the 2013 WEDI Report. Edward D. Jones III, Cornichon’s CEO, is a past WEDI Chair. The 2013 WEDI Report is sponsored by collaborating organizations that share WEDI’s objective to positively guide the future health information exchange.
“WEDI would like to recognize the foresight and leadership of our founding sponsors, Availity, Verizon and the WEDI Foundation. Their support makes this critical work possible,” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D., WEDI President & CEO.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards bodies.