The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange is conducting a survey on the value of health information exchange in response to the draft Interoperability Roadmap recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT.

According to WEDI, the aim of the survey is to “take the pulse of current electronic information exchange efforts among health plan, provider, and vendor organizations,” as well as to pinpoint challenges to interoperable exchange and measure support for a national patient identifier.

“The purpose of this important WEDI survey is to help understand—from the perspective of major healthcare sectors—where we are now in regards to interoperability and what respondents believe the value is of enhanced data exchange capabilities,” said Devin Jopp, president and CEO of WEDI, in a written statement.

“We’re also asking industry leaders to share with us their perspectives on the national patient identifier, which was required under HIPAA but never developed,” added Jopp. However, currently Congress prohibits government funding of a national patient identifier due to privacy concerns, and the lifting of that prohibition has yet to be seriously considered.

The survey is available at The deadline for taking the survey is March 23, after which the results will be evaluated and compiled into a report. WEDI says that the results of the survey will be de-identified and aggregated before being publicly shared.

“The results of this survey will not only shape our discussions with ONC, but also our efforts to promote industry-developed solutions that will lead to enhanced clinical care and improved administrative efficiencies,” according to Jopp.

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