WEDI 2019 Summer Forum: Bridging EDI to API- Working for Today, Preparing for Tomorrow

Tuesday, July 30 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
ADA Conference Center
211 East Chicago Avenue [map]
Chicago, IL 60611

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.

The 2019 Summer Forum, will take place July 30-31 at the American Dental Association Conference Center in Chicago, IL.

The forum is the start of WEDI’s education on information to consider on the ONC & CMS proposed rules and the challenges to consider as industry must maintain current work process and prepare for the challenges of the future.

Schedule for the 2019 Summer Forum

July 30, 2019

New Technological Mandates- Steve Posnack, Executive Director, Office of Technology, ONC

EDI to API; Compare and Contrast- Deepak Sadagopan, Group Vice President, Population Health Informatics and Value Based Care Programs, Providence St. Joseph Health

Innovations in Connectivity; From SFTP to REST- Rick Geimer, Chief Innovation Officer, Lantana Group and Tina Grande, Senior Vice President, Policy, Healthcare Leadership Council

Payer Data Sharing; Payer to Payer and Payer to Member- Bob Dieterle, Chief Executive Officer, EnableCare and TBA speakers

Payer Provider Data Exchange; Going Beyond HIPAA- Calvin Beebe, Technical Specialist, Mayo Clinic

Open Discussion/Listening Session; New Technology- How the Standards Work Together- John Kelly, Edifecs, April Todd, CORE and Explorations, Cathy Sheppard, X12, John Klimek, NCPDP, Calvin Beebe, HL7

July 31, 2019

Morning Sponsored Session by edifecs

State of Prior AuthorizationsJohn Kelly, WEDI Prior Authorization Council, Rachel Goldstein, CAQH CORE, John Klimek, NCPDP, Heather McComas, AMA/WEDI Prior Authorization Workgroup

Payer Initiatives using Prior Authorization and Attachments- Rhonda Starkey, HPHC and Victoria Dearman, HealthTrio

How 278 Prior Authorization Transaction, Attachments and FHIR can work together- April Todd, CAQH CORE, Bob Dieterle, EnableCare and Cathy Sheppard, X12

Prior Authorization under Value Based Care/ Delegated Provider Risk- Dr. Walter Suarez, Kaiser Permanente, Sam Rubenstein, Montefiore Medical Center

Carin Alliance: Consumer Directed Exchange- Ryan Howells, Leavitt Partners

The forum offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions and offer thoughts on some of the most important issues in Health IT and interoperability. Your attendance is a critical addition as we look to continue WEDI’s mission to improve health information exchange- enhancing quality of care, improving efficiency and reducing cost.

Bringing your team to Chicago? For members, pay for 3 registrations and the next one is FREE
For non members, pay for 4 registrations and your next one is FREE
Contact Michael McNutt at if you wish to register a group.

Click the link below to view our forum agenda

Related Files:

Conference Agenda (Subject to Change)

Meeting Attire:

Business casual dress is suggested

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 07/31/2019
Name Price Available To
Members $499.00   Members
Non-Members $699.00   Non-Members
Government Members $399.00   Government Member
Students $79.00   Student Members

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.

General Hotel Information:

Lodging: For the 2019 Summer Forum, WEDI is not maintaining a room block. Hotels near the conference center include:

• Cambria Hotel and Suites
• Ritz Carlton Chicago
• Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
• Holiday Inn Express Chicago
• AC Hotel by Marriott Chicago Downtown
• Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Chicago
• Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago

Sponsors and Sponsorship Information:

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Media/Industry Sponsors:
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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email:

For more information please contact:

Mr. Michael McNutt
Director, Events and Education
Phone: (202) 480-2919