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WEDI Extends Free Membership to All Government Agencies

February 12, 2013

WEDI Extends Free Membership to All Government Agencies
Broad Range of Members Benefits Related to Health IT Now Available at No Cost

RESTON, VA, February 12, 2013 - The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve the exchange of healthcare information, announced today that it will extend free membership for all federal and state government agencies and their corresponding departments. Through the new membership program, government agencies will have free access to participate in WEDI’s 40+ workgroups on critical Health IT industry topics, WEDI’s public forums (policy advisory groups) and WEDI virtual events. The agencies will also receive discounted rates to WEDI’s on-site conferences. 

“Government agencies are a critical partner in our common goal to streamline healthcare information exchange in order to improve the overall efficiency and quality of the American healthcare system”, said Devin Jopp, Ed.D., President & CEO.  The free government agency membership will provide greater opportunities for the states to benefit from industry best practices and will offer them a greater voice in helping to shape the future of Health IT policy”. 

Under the new program, all federal and state government agencies and departments will be provided free membership, which includes access to: 

• Whitepapers, issue briefs and webinars 
• Networking opportunities
• Industry best practices
• Opportunities to influence the direction of Health IT policy through WEDI’s Policy Advisory Groups
• Regular updates on regulatory, legislative and standards changes
• Industry news bulletins, daily newsletters and webinars   

In addition to free WEDI membership, Government agencies can also attend all WEDI on-site meetings at a significantly reduced registration rate. Attendance prices vary for each event. The full list of 2013 WEDI events is located on the WEDI website.   

Government members represent just one of WEDI’s diverse member types. WEDI’s members also include providers, hospitals, health plans, laboratories, pharmacies, clearinghouses and vendors. To take advantage of the free registration for Government and Medicaid organizations and for more information about WEDI membership, visit http://www.wedi.org/membership/join-renew or contact Suzanne Austin at saustin@wedi.org or 202-618-8797. 

About WEDI
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 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. 

Contact Information

Mario Marzette
Director of Marketing
WEDI
703.789.2368
mmarzette@wedi.org