The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) announced Tuesday it will extend free membership for all federal and state government agencies and their corresponding departments, as part of its efforts to spur improvements in health information exchange.
Through the new membership program, government agencies will have free access to participate 40-plus workgroups offered by WEDI on health IT topics, WEDI’s public forums and WEDI virtual events, officials say. The agencies will also receive discounted rates to WEDI’s on-site conferences.
All federal and state government agencies and departments will enjoy access to whitepapers, issue briefs and webinars; networking opportunities; industry best practices; updates on regulatory, legislative and standards changes and news bulletins and webinars.
Membership also offers the opportunity to influence the direction of health IT policy through WEDI’s Policy Advisory Groups, officials say.
“Government agencies are a critical partner in our common goal to streamline healthcare information exchange in order to improve the overall efficiency and quality of the American healthcare system”, said Devin Jopp, WEDI's president & CEO, in a statement. "The free government agency membership will provide greater opportunities for the states to benefit from industry best practices and will offer them a greater voice in helping to shape the future of health IT policy."
WEDI’s members include providers, hospitals, health plans, laboratories, pharmacies, clearinghouses and vendors. For more information about WEDI membership, click here.
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