WEDI Forum 2019; Emerging Trends and Updates on Privacy and Security in Health IT

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University Campus
805 21st St NW [map]
Washington, DC 20052

Working Together to Protect Healthcare Privacy and Strengthen Security

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.

Securing healthcare data while meeting data privacy compliance demands is a major pressure in the healthcare industry. Easy-to-use technology enables healthcare staff to be more mobile and efficient, but also increases potential security risks. It is necessary to ensure all these new technological developments are reliable and secure because not only data security, but also patient safety can be threatened.

October's forum focuses on the current and future state of privacy and security in healthcare; how our various stakeholders study and assess data security protocols to ensure data integrity and security.

Forum Sessions (subject to change):
The FTC’s Approach to Health Privacy: Facebook, Health Apps, DNA Test Kits
The FTC’s record-breaking $5 billion settlement requires Facebook to conduct a massive overhaul of its consumer privacy practices. In the wake of this settlement, this session will explore the FTC’s approach to the privacy of health information collected by mobile apps, sellers of DNA test kits, and other pertinent issues.

The Provider Perspective on Patient Privacy and Care Delivery
Health care information is one of the most personal types of information an individual can possess and generate. Access to this information can assist in care coordination and improve health outcomes. As the access, use and exchange of medical information increases, protecting an individual's privacy preferences is increasingly important. With federal regulations poised to extend patients’ information beyond the health care ecosystem, maintaining patients’ trust in its use is critical. Provider organizations will explore the opportunities and potential consequences of health IT policy and what can be done to ensure patient care remains at the center of these efforts

Federal Privacy, Security, and Cybersecurity Legislation - An Update and Future Outlook
Congress has been discussing potential legislation for priovacy and security of health information not covered by HIPAA. Join us to hear from Congressional staff leads to hear more about their perspectives for future legislation and what issues Congress believe are most important as we move toward an interconnected and digitally-based health system.

The NCVHS in Action: Privacy Policies and Recommendations for Healthcare Transformation
The NCVHS has been at the forefront of health policy initiatives. Recently, the NCVHS poised its report, "Health Information Privacy Beyond HIPAA: A Framework for Use and Protection" to HHS to lay out a Framework for health information protection based on explicit principles that support individuals’ rights to privacy while not stifling innovative legitimate uses for information to improve the health and wellness of individuals and populations. Learn about this path forward, the current "environmental scan," and time-tested principles and study of other privacy frameworks.

HHS/OCR Update: Breaches, Enforcement, and Current Issues
OCR has been at the forefront of data breaches and protections. New threats and vulnerabilities are emerging and OCR is taking steps through guidance and audits to ensure consumer information is protected. This session will provide an update on the most important issues from the agency's perspective, along with enforcement actions and industry trends.

De-Identification or Real Identification? Do the HIPAA De-Id Provisions Protect Privacy and Security in the Current World?
The HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification provisions were designed to protect identifiable information while making health information useful without sacrificing privacy protections. But with Artificial Intelligence and publicly-available data sets, are these HIPAA provisions still adequate protections for consumer information? Learn about ways that de-identified data can be made identifiable and explore new techniques that might be better in today's digital age to protect the most sensitive of consumer information

Registration Includes:

Admission to the fall forum plus breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

Who Should Attend:

Healthcare professionals focused and concerned with healthcare data privacy and security, to include, but not limited to providers, payers, patient advocates, government employees, vendors and health information exchanges.

Meeting Attire:

Business casual dress is suggested

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 10/24/2019
Name Price Available To
Members $299.00   Members
Non-Members $499.00   Non-Members
Government Members $199.00   Government Member
Students $49.00   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.

Is Media Allowed?


General Hotel Information:

WEDI is not contracting a hotel block for this event. We encourage you to book a hotel in the surrounding area. Below are options that are in close proximity to the auditorium:

*Hotel Lombadry, 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
*Courtyard Marriott Washington DC/ Foggy Bottom, 515 20th Street NW
*Hampton Inn Washington DC/ White House, 1729 H Street NW
*State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street NW
*Hotel Hive, 2224 F Street NW
*Residence Inn Washington DC/Foggy Bottom, 801 New Hampshire Ave NW
*Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave NW

There are several, Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott properties in the DC area. Please use their websites or travel sites (Expedia, Orbitz, etc) to identify hotels that suit your preferences.

Travel Information:

The Jack Morton Auditorium is located at 805 21st Street NW on the campus of George Washington University. It is a short walk (less than 10 minutes) from the Foggy Bottom-GWU and Farragut West METRO stations.

We strongly encourage the use of using DC's METRO rail, taxis or ride sharing apps (Lyft, Uber) as the area is highly congested and parking is limited.

Sponsors and Sponsorship Information:

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For more information please contact:

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