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WEDI Selects Co-Chairs and Seeks Participants for New 2013 WEDI Report Workgroups

May 15, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – May 15, 2013 – WEDI, the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve the exchange of healthcare information, announced today at the WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference, the appointment of co-chairs to the 2013 WEDI Report Initiative. The 13 co-chairs will serve as leaders of the recently developed WEDI Report workgroupsPatient Enablement, Payment Models, Data Harmonization & Exchange, and Innovative Encounter Models

The following healthcare industry leaders have been selected as 2013 WEDI Report Co-Chairs:

Patient Enablement

Tom Meyers
Vice President, Product Policy
America's Health Insurance Plans

Rob Tennant
Senior Policy Advisor
Medical Group Management Association

Gerard Grundler
Managing Principal, Healthcare IT Services

Payment Models

Marcia James       
Director, Provider Engagement, Humana Inc,

Tina Grande
Senior Vice President
Healthcare Leadership Council        

Samantha Burch
Vice President, Legislation & Health IT
Federation of American Hospitals

Data Harmonization & Exchange

Jon Zimmerman  
General Manager

Don Mon
Senior Director, Center for Advancement of Health IT
RTI International

Rich Cullen
Executive  Director, National Program Development
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Innovative Encounter Models

Waco Hoover
Chief Executive Officer

John Jesser
Vice President of Healthcare Management

Rob Alger
Vice President, Health Plan Business Technology
Kaiser Permanente

Marc Probst
Intermountain Healthcare
Vice President & CIO

“We are thrilled to have such an impressive lineup of Health IT leaders who are willing to contribute their time, knowledge and talents to the leadership of these critical teams.” said Devin Jopp, Ed.D., WEDI President & CEO. “The active involvement of these workgroups is essential to the success of the 2013 WEDI Report.”

With the 2013 WEDI Report workgroups formed, WEDI encourages healthcare professionals from across the industry to participate in these new teams. The workgroups are open to the public at no cost. To become a 2013 WEDI Report workgroup participant, contact Sam Holvey at or 202.618.8803.

The new WEDI Report workgroup List and descriptions is available on the WEDI website at:

 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 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.  

About the 2013 WEDI Report
On the 20th anniversary of the original WEDI Report, WEDI is bringing together healthcare, corporate and government organizations to create an updated WEDI Report to guide the future of health information exchange. The 2013 WEDI Report will be overseen by a WEDI Report Executive Steering Committee consisting of representatives from 15 organizations representing healthcare, corporate, and government organizations, and led as Honorary Chair by former Secretary of HHS, The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D, who established WEDI in 1991.  

The 2013 WEDI Report will identify the impacts of administrative and clinical technologies on the healthcare industry since 1993 and the likely role of emergent technologies in the years ahead. High-level lessons learned and the impact of technology and market forces on the original recommendations will also be documented in the updated report.    

WEDI Report’s Founding Sponsors are Availity, RTI, Verizon and the WEDI Foundation.

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