WEDI Now Recruiting Volunteers for HIE Workgroups

Want to share your two-cents worth on the subject of health information exchange (HIE) technologies? The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange is seeking volunteers to help author an HIE roadmap.

WEDI is looking to publish the 2013 WEDI Report in December. The new report aims to identify the impacts of administrative and clinical technologies during the past two decades and to examine the likely role of emerging technologies in coming years. Lewis Sullivan, former Health and Human Services Secretary who formed WEDI in 1991, will serve on a steering committee overseeing the new report.

The Reston, Va.-based organization is looking for industry stakeholders to participate in four workgroups focused on major trends that can provide a framework for the initiative. The workgroups will focus in on the following subject areas:

* Patient Enablement. This group will develop and evaluate methods of identifying patients, creating and updating capabilities of electronic patient history and evidence of benefits, and improving patient access to, trust in, and usability of electronic healthcare data.

* Payment Models. This workgroup will evaluate methods to enhance the current fee-for-service delivery model to derive greater efficiencies and also evaluate attributes of alternative payment models for delivering value by associating cost and quality of service delivery to price (e.g., better care at lower cost). In addition, the group will outline a core set of business, information, and exchange requirements.

* Data Harmonization & Exchange. This workgroup will seek to identify factors that impede alignment of administrative simplification, meaningful use, and clinical code set standards and exchange (e.g., complexity, information fragmentation, and program silos).

* Innovative Encounter Models. This workgroup will evaluate business cases and return on investment (ROI) for innovative encounter models (e.g., electronic visits and communication, electronic monitoring, telemedicine) using existing and emergent technologies that will foster enhanced collaboration between patients and providers at a lower cost and with increased value, and compare characteristics to in-person patient encounters..

For more information on the workgroups, go to: http://www.wedi.org/workgroups.