The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has announced co-chairs of four workgroups that will work on the 2013 WEDI Report, envisioned as a definitive roadmap for the next generation of health information exchange technologies.

WEDI hopes the report, due in December, will bring the same success it had 20 years ago with an industry-transforming report on EDI that spurred the HIPAA administrative and financial transaction sets. The new report will identify the impacts of administrative and clinical technologies during the past two decades and lessons learned, as well as the likely role of emerging technologies in coming years.

Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Health and Human Services Secretary who formed WEDI in 1991, serves as chair of a steering committee overseeing the new report. The organization continues to seek industry stakeholders to participate in the workgroups that will put together the HIE report. Information on the focuses for each workgroup and applications to volunteer are available here. Co-chairs of the four workgroups are:

Patient Enablement: Tom Meyers, vice president at America’s Health Insurance Plans; Rob Tennant, senior policy advisor for the Medical Group Management Association; and Gerard Grundler, managing principal of health care I.T. services at Verizon.

Payment Models: Marcia James, director of provider engagement at Humana; Tina Grande, senior vice president of the Healthcare Leadership Council; and Samantha Burch, vice president of legislation and health I.T. at the Federation of American Hospitals.

Data Harmonization & Exchange: Jon Zimmerman, general manager at Availity; Don Mon, senior director of the Center for Advancement of Health I.T. at RTI International; and Rich Cullen, executive director of national program development for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Innovative Encounter Models: Waco Hoover, CEO of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation; John Jesser, vice president of health care management at WellPoint; and Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Intermountain Healthcare.

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