WEDI-Con 2017

Monday, December 4 - Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, VA

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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 to reduce costs of the American healthcare system. Formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), WEDI was named in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS and continues to fulfill that role today.

Serving as a private and public industry solution to critical healthcare problems, WEDI is a coalition comprised of a cross-section of the healthcare industry: doctors, hospitals, health plans, laboratories, pharmacies, clearinghouses, dentists, vendors, government regulators and other industry stakeholders.

Conference Sneak Peek

Deep Diving Tracks on Data Exchange, Privacy & Security and the Business of Health IT

Tools and strategies to help you with your 9 to 5 and beyond! Sessions focusing on Attachments, Prior Authorization, HITRUST Assessments, Tips from a Hacker and more.

WEDI Workgroup Working Sessions

On Monday, December 4th, meet with colleagues from all around the country and not only discuss the latest projects, practices and trends in health IT but work toward solutions with WEDI leadership. Have a voice and put your thinking cap on!

Emergency Preparedness and Data Exchange- Interoperability at Work

A hurricane. A terrorist attack. A school bus accident. Emergencies occur at the local, regional, national and international levels. During these stressful times, health data needs to smoothly and efficiently move at a momentís notice to ensure quality of care at the point of care. A panel of subject matter experts led by Noah Smith from the Government of the District of Columbia discuss case studies, initiatives and lessons learned on emergency preparedness and health information exchange.

Ways & Means Committee Listening Session

Ways and Means Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady and Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi's recently announced the "Red Tape Relief" initiative to reduce administrative burdens facing the healthcare industry. To assist in advancing this project, the Committee will need to work closely with a wide range of healthcare stakeholders and health IT professionals. Join us Wednesday, December 6th in Reston, VA as we welcome House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Staffer Nicholas Uehlecke to the conference as WEDI supports the Committee's initiative by providing important and unique insight to identify burdensome mandates that stand in the way of better patient care.

Everything you wanted to know about Blockchain but were afraid to ask!

Blockchain, a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly, will soon become commonplace in the healthcare industry. What is it, is it all hype and how might it affect data exchange and payment solutions?

Updates from NCVHS and a look at their 2018 Workplan

Learn about the 2018 work plan of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' long standing public advisory body on health information policy: The National Committee on Vital Statistics (NCVHS). Providing advice and assistance on key health data issues related to community and population health, standards, privacy and confidentiality, quality, and data access and use. NCVHS also regularly reports to Congress on HIPAA implementation, and serves as a forum for interaction between HHS and interested private sector groups.

Are you ready for the New Medicare Cards (formerly known as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative or SSNRI)

Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will be mailing out the New Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to all people with Medicare. In preparation for this major undertaking WEDI welcomes Dr. Monica Kay of CMS who will present on the initiative, its timeline and what the health IT industry must be prepared for in the coming months.

Digital Quality Measurement Roadmap from NCQA

Where does the industry stand with electronic clinical quality (eCQM) and where is it headed with regards to digital quality measurement infrastructure?

Common Vulnerabilities Found by a Hacker

Rapid7ís Patrick Laverty is one of the good guys, but his job is to pretend to be a bad guy and find the weak points in computer networks. He will show attendees some of the common areas and things to look for in your systems to keep the attackers out.

A Look at the 21st Century Cures Act

Charged to implement a range of policies that would enable greater interoperability, we welcome ONCís Steve Posnack to offer updates on this impactful bill expected to enhance health IT data exchange.

Related Files:
Sponsorship Prospectus

Who Should Attend:
Members register 3 people and get the 4th person free. Non-Members register 4 people and get the 5th person free.

Meeting Attire:
Attire is business casual. Be sure to bring a light jacket as the meeting rooms can sometimes be a little chilly

Registration Fees:
These fees are available through 12/07/2017
Name Price Available To
Members $1,350.00   Members
Non-Members $1,750.00   Non-Members
Government $699.00   Government Members
The New Medicare Card Symposia $395.00   1:45pm- 5:30pm on Tuesday December 5, 2017
Day Rate $595.00   Day Rate

Cancellation and Other Policies:
WEDI does not accept cancellations, but substitute attendees are permitted with payment of a $15 processing fee. If you wish to make a substitution, please contact

By registering and attending this conference, you agree to be photographed and allow WEDI to use those pictures on the WEDI website & in WEDI social media. In addition, WEDI does not permit the recording of any sessions at the conference.

Is Media Allowed?

General Hotel Information:
Located in the middle of Reston Town Center, the Hyatt Regency Reston is surrounded by plenty of shopping and dining options, a movie theater, and popular businesses. The hotel is the largest, most renowned hotel in the Dulles Airport Corridor, with complimentary shuttle service to and from your terminal, making your travel seamless. If you have business or sightseeing plans in Washington DC, the METRO Silver Line is just minutes away from hotel.

WEDI has reserved a block of rooms for WEDI-Con attendees. The deadline to book rooms at the discounted rate is November 20, 2017. To book your hotel rooms, please click on this link-

Travel Information:
Distance from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): 6.59 miles
Distance from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 22 miles
Distance from Baltimore/Washington Airport (BWI): 52.5 miles

Sponsors and Sponsorship Information:
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For more information please contact:
Mr. Michael McNutt
Director, Events and Education
Phone: (202) 480-2919