Updated on: January 29, 2014

2013 WEDI Report: New Roadmap for Health IT; 10 Key Recommendations

By Leanne R. Cardwell
Original story posted on: December 13, 2013

Leanne CardwellThe Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), in partnership with the 2013 WEDI Report Founding Sponsors, released the 2013 WEDI Report. The culmination of a 7-month public-private effort with more than 200 subject matter expert volunteers, this report will serve as a new roadmap for healthcare IT over the next decade.

WEDI founder, Louis W. Sullivan, MD, served as the Honorary Chair of the 2013 WEDI Report executive steering committee and worked directly with business chief executive officers and association and government leaders to identify solutions that could be implemented quickly and could be driven by business.


Report Objectives

Bringing the patient to the center point of healthcare IT initiatives, the 2013 WEDI Report establishes a common guiding vision for industry action in the following areas:

  • Enabling patient engagement through improved access to pertinent data

  • Evaluating alternative payment models and requisite business, information and exchange requirements

  • Reviewing existing standards and exploring ways to better align administrative and clinical information capture, linkage and exchange

  • Evaluating business cases for innovative encounter models using existing and emergent technologies

Key Report Recommendations

The 2013 WEDI Report comprises ten recommendations that provide a broad framework for facilitating improvement in electronic exchange of healthcare information. The recommendations are based on the work of thought leaders from a representative cross-section of public and private sector healthcare stakeholders, who examined literature, reviewed case studies, polled experts, and conducted numerous discussions to develop a set of recommendations that will serve as a common roadmap for healthcare organizations, including WEDI.

Patient Engagement Recommendations

  1. Standardize the patient identification process across the healthcare system.

  2. Expand Health IT education and literacy programs for consumers to encourage greater use of Health IT, with a goal of achieving better care management and overall wellness.

  1. Identify and promote effective and actionable electronic approaches to patient information capture, maintenance and dissemination that leverage mobile devices and "smart" technologies and applications.  

Innovative Encounter Models Recommendations

  1. Identify use cases, conventions, and operating standards for promoting consumer health and exchange of telehealth information in a mobile environment.

  1. Facilitate adoption and implementation of “best-in-class” approaches that promote growth and diffusion of innovative encounters across the marketplace and that demonstrate value for patients, providers, and payers.

  1. Identify existing or proposed federal or state-based laws or regulations that create barriers to the implementation of innovative encounters (including licensure).

Data Harmonization & Exchange Recommendations

  1. Identify and promote consistent and efficient methods for electronic reporting of quality and health status measures across all stakeholders, including public health, with initial focus on recipients of quality measure information.

  1. Identify and promote methods and standards for healthcare information exchange that would enhance care coordination.

  1. Identify methods and standards for harmonizing clinical and administrative information reporting that reduce data collection burden, support clinical quality improvement, contribute to public and population health, and accommodate new payment models.

Payment Models Recommendation

Develop a framework for assessing critical, core attributes of alternative payment models -- such as connectivity, eligibility/enrollment reconciliation, payment reconciliation, quality reporting and care coordination data exchange, and education -- and the technology solutions that can mitigate barriers to implementation.

"Like the WEDI Report that I initiated in 1993 that became the roadmap for electronic business solutions for healthcare in the 1990s, the 2013 WEDI Report and recommendations will serve as the roadmap that will lead to greater efficiency and improved healthcare delivery in the years ahead”, said Dr. Sullivan. “I regarded the implementation of the 1993 WEDI Report roadmap as a civic duty for its time, and it is my hope that the healthcare industry will adopt that same spirit for the 2013 WEDI Report recommendations."

“The 2013 WEDI Report is the culmination of an entire year’s work by industry leaders and we are grateful for the countless hours spent by those that dedicated their efforts to this endeavor,” said Jim Daley, WEDI Chairman. “We are excited to share this significant body of work with all healthcare stakeholders and look forward to the report’s adoption and implementation.”

“The 2013 Report will help to set a common direction for the healthcare industry as we continue to evolve to greater focus on patients managing their own healthcare information, the movement towards fee-for-value arrangements, and the rise of new payment models and technologies”, said Dr. Devin Jopp, PhD, president and chief executive officer for CEO WEDI.

About the Author

Ms. Cardwell is the senior vice president of external relations for the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI); a national nonprofit whose members represent a cross-section of the American healthcare system dedicated to enhancing the exchange of healthcare information in order to increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce cost.

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