Charles W. Stellar Named WEDI President and CEO

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Interim CEO named to permanent position in leading strategic initiatives for WEDI

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Charles has been an incredible asset to our organization during a transitional time and has helped lead us forward to achieve the goals and initiatives set forth by our board

WEDI, the nation’s leading authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, today announced that Charles W. Stellar has been named by the WEDI Board of Directors as WEDI’s president and CEO. Stellar has served as WEDI’s interim CEO since January 2016. As an executive leader with more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, association management and organizational leadership, Stellar will continue to oversee the strategic guidance of the organization, its staff and committees.

“Charles has been an incredible asset to our organization during a transitional time and has helped lead us forward to achieve the goals and initiatives set forth by our board,” said Jean Narcisi, chair of the WEDI board. “Charles has demonstrated the dedicated strategic leadership to further WEDI’s role as a recognized leader and advocate for healthcare IT, launch new initiatives, drive awareness of healthcare’s ongoing challenges, and collectively improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare IT.”

Previously, Stellar retired as executive vice president of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association representing the nation’s health insurance industry, where he was the key liaison between AHIP’s 350 plan and 400 affiliate members, ensuring consistency in messaging and shaping AHIP’s membership strategy. At AHIP, Stellar’s extensive portfolio included overseeing member services related to positioning the association and its diverse membership to a variety of national, state and local audiences.

Stellar also provided comments: “The time I’ve spent as interim CEO for WEDI has shed light on many important issues this association is working to address for the industry. The dedicated board, executive workgroups, loyal sponsors and diverse membership base are what makes the success of this organization possible. I look forward to propelling us even further so as to make incredible impacts to healthcare IT.”

Prior to his tenure at AHIP, Stellar was president and CEO of the American Managed Care and Review Association (AMCRA); executive director of Healthmaster HMO/IPA; deputy administrator of Charter Medical Services in Saudi Arabia; executive director of EyeCare Associates; associate executive director of the American Association of Foundations for Medical Care; and associate executive director of the American Association of the Professional Standards Review Association (PSRO). Stellar earned bachelor degrees in health administration and business administration at the University of North Carolina.

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 development organizations. To learn more, visit http://www.wedi.org and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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