The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has elected Laurie Darst as its chair and Jay Eisenstock as chair-elect for its board of directors for 2017.

The two will play lead roles in directing the board for WEDI, a national not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization that promotes the use of information technology to improve healthcare information exchange.


Darst is a regulatory advisor for the Mayo Clinic’s department of finance. For the past 15 years, she has served as a consultant to Mayo Clinic’s three large group practices in Rochester, Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jacksonville, Fla. and to the Mayo Clinic Health System. Her primary focus includes HIPAA compliance for electronic transactions; regulatory administrative simplification mandates; other administrative simplification opportunities; and industry trends affecting Mayo’s revenue cycle and EDI activities.

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“WEDI’s broad and diverse membership, comprised of providers, payers, vendors, standards organizations and state and federal governments, has a long history of leveraging consensus-building and collaboration to identify solutions to the challenges facing our industry,” stated Darst. WEDI is an advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on HIPAA legislation, and as a result, “WEDI is uniquely positioned to have a significant impact on critical data exchange issues,” she says.

Darst also participates in several national standard setting organizations, including ASC X12N, National Uniform Claim Committee, the National Uniform Billing Committee and the Health Level Seven Attachment Special Interest Group.

Eisenstock currently heads the Provider eSolutions Organization at Aetna, where his responsibilities include supporting electronic interactions between Aetna and the provider community. In previous roles at Aetna, Eisenstock led the company's efforts to achieve HIPAA compliance for electronic transactions. He also is serving as a member of The U.S. Healthcare Efficiency Index advisory council, a commissioner for the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and co-chairs the Testing Sub-Group for The Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange.

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