National Press Club to Host Press Conference on 2013 WEDI Report

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Report Guiding Next Generation of Health Information Exchange Presented to Media Outlets on December 5, 2013

WEDI, the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve the exchange of healthcare information, announced today that a National Press Club “Newsmakers” Press Conference covering the completed 2013 WEDI Report will be held on December 5, 2013 at 10:00AM ET. The National Press Club “Newsmakers” programs are one-hour news conferences run by the National Press Club for select guests such as members of Congress, key government officials, experts in policy and leaders of influential organizations.

Overseen by former Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., and an executive steering committee consisting of representatives from healthcare, corporate, and government organizations, the 2013 WEDI Report will identify the likely role of emergent technologies in the years ahead, lessons learned over the past two decades and the impact of technology and market forces on the original recommendations from the 1993 WEDI Report.

The 2013 WEDI Report Newsmakers press conference will take place at the National Press Club building, located at 529 14th Street NW in Washington, DC. The conference panel will include WEDI’s President & CEO, Dr. Devin Jopp, former HHS Secretary, The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., WEDI Board Members, and members of the 2013 WEDI Report Executive Steering Committee.

With the WEDI Report currently in development, WEDI encourages members of the healthcare industry to join in on its creation by participating in WEDI Report workgroups. The workgroups are open to the public at no cost. To become a 2013 WEDI Report workgroup participant, contact Sam Holvey at sholvey(at)wedi(dot)org or 202.618.8803.

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 is managed by an Executive Steering Committee consisting of representatives from healthcare, corporate, and government organizations, and is led by former Secretary of HHS, The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., who established WEDI in 1991.

The WEDI Report’s Founding Sponsors are Availity, Juniper Networks, McKesson, RTI, URAC, Verizon, The WEDI Foundation and WEX, Inc.

To learn more about the 2013 WEDI Report, visit: http://www.wedi.org/topics/2013-wedi-report or contact Leanne Cardwell at lcardwell(at)wedi(dot)org or 202.618.8789.
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