Nearly 20 years ago in December 1993, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange issued the WEDI Report that gave a roadmap for industrywide adoption of EDI to automate the processing of claims and related administrative and financial transactions.

Publication of the report spurred the administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, much as the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err is Human, led to an accelerated effort to improve patient safety.

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