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WEDI is the preeminent national membership association for health IT guidance and collaboration.

For nearly 30 years, WEDI has been an instrumental force in igniting public-private partnerships to empower meaningful changes for the American health care system.

Recognized and trusted as a formal advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), WEDI is the leading authority on the use of health IT to efficiently improve health information exchange, enhance care quality, and reduce costs. With a focus on advancing standards for electronic administrative transactions, promoting data privacy and security, WEDI has been instrumental in aligning the industry in an effort to harmonize administrative and clinical data.

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What Does it Take to be the
Collective Voice of Health IT?

 
A History of Leadership

WEDI was formed in 1991 by Secretary of HHS, Dr. Louis Sullivan in an effort to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of health data exchange and was named in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) legislation as an advisor to the Secretary. Since that time, WEDI has closely interacted with every subsequent U.S. Administration, including the current one. With its close working relationships with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), WEDI has the ability to influence all facets of health IT policy.

Today, WEDI drives strong, unified public-private partnerships to improve health information exchange by bringing together organizations from across the health care spectrum including providers, payers, vendors and government. By convening health care leaders and driving consensus-based solutions, WEDI has been successful in resolving current data exchange-related roadblocks and continuously motivates the industry towards administrative automation.

WEDI Accomplishments
  • Bringing together health care leaders to help establish the HIPAA standards for electronic administrative transactions and ensuring data privacy and data security.
  • Establishing the Strategic National Implementation Process for successful implementation of X12 versions 4010 and 5010 of the electronic transactions.
  • Developing educational resources and a coding and testing website that supported the successful transition to the ICD-10 code set.
  • Producing a machine-readable health ID card implementation guide for use by CMS in Medicare Advantage and Part D and commercial health plans.
  • Partnering on numerous industry IT education and outreach initiatives with several HHS agencies, including CMS, OCR, and ONC.
  • Testifying multiple times before the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) and serving as an advisor to that body.
  • Developing multi-stakeholder workgroups to drive critical industry education and foster collaborative partnerships.
  • 18 Workgroups & Subworkgroups providing ongoing industry guidance on numerous issues including prior authorization, privacy and security, claim payment, and many other topical areas:
    • Muliple educational webinars each year, with a goal of 30+ for 2020
    • Multiple face-to-face conferences each year (virtual in 2020)
Key Focus Areas
Business & regulartory changes

Business
& regulatory changes

Interoperability & data sharing

Interoperability
& data sharing

Minimizing risk through efficient and effective health care

Minimizing risk through efficient
and effective health care

Telehealth barriers, opportunities and business models

Telehealth barriers, opportunities
and business models

Successful revenue generation strategies

Successful revenue
generation strategies

State health care agency workflow and implementation examples for automated attachments

State health care agency workflow and implementation examples for automated attachments

Improving overall operational efficiencies

Improving overall
operational efficiencies

MACRA - key implications for health plans, providers, health IT vendors, and more

MACRA - key implications for health plans, providers,
health IT vendors, and more

Cybersecurity: preparedness, risk assessments; best IT practices

Cybersecurity: preparedness,
risk assessments;
best IT practices

Changing industry landscape and necessary leadership skills

Changing industry landscape and necessary leadership skills

Data standards compliance

Data standards compliance

Implementing value-based reimbursement models

Implementing value-based reimbursement models

Administrative simplification

Administrative simplification

WEDI is a professional organization that promotes an open and inclusive community. Members at all times should conduct themselves in a professional and collegial manner in virtual and in-person settings. When participating in WEDI activities, Members are expected to:

  • Adhere to the Anti-Harassment policy (Policy 4.1).
  • Communicate with others in a professional manner. This includes, but is not limited to, when participating in workgroup and subworkgroup meetings, at educational events, in email exchanges, and in other WEDI-convened meetings. Behavior, such as disruptive behavior, personal attacks, insulting or derogatory comments, and verbal abuse, will not be tolerated.
  • Maintain confidentiality of Members-only information.
  • Adhere to copyright and intellectual property laws, both in the development of and use of WEDI materials.
  • Not speak on behalf of WEDI, unless given permission to do so.
  • Adhere to the Social Media policy (Policy 4.3).

 Violations of this policy should be brought to the attention of the WEDI President & CEO, other WEDI staff, or WEDI Officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, or Past Chair).

Abuse of the Code of Conduct may result in the temporary or permanent expulsion of an individual’s participation with WEDI and/or the revocation of WEDI membership as a result of violation of the Membership Code of Conduct; nonconformity with the Bylaws or Policy Manual; or engages in other actions which the Board of Directors determines to be injurious to the good name or good will of WEDI.

No such suspension or expulsion shall be effected without affording a reasonable opportunity for the member or individual to consider the charges and be heard in his or her own defense before the designated hearing committee, as delegated by the Board of Directors, which may choose to engage the full Board of Directors in any decision to suspend or expel an individual or member from WEDI.

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