WEDI was formed in 1991 by Secretary of HHS, Dr. Louis Sullivan in an effort to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency of health data exchange and was named in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) legislation as an advisor to the Secretary. Since that time, WEDI has closely interacted with every subsequent U.S. Administration, including the current one. With its close working relationships with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), WEDI has the ability to influence all facets of health IT policy.
Today, WEDI drives strong, unified public-private partnerships to improve health information exchange by bringing together organizations from across the health care spectrum including providers, payers, vendors and government. By convening health care leaders and driving consensus-based solutions, WEDI has been successful in resolving current data exchange-related roadblocks and continuously motivates the industry towards administrative automation.