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News Article | May 10, 2017
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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), newly merged with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards. NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is being recognized for a program to improve the management of insulin-dependent diabetes in patients at its Adult Primary Care Center. Christiana Care Health System is being honored for a care coordination and management program called Carelink CareNow that has yielded impressive results in reducing readmissions. The awards are presented each year in recognition of the successful implementation of outstanding patient safety initiatives by organizational members of the Stand Up for Patient Safety program. Created in 2002 by NPSF, the Stand Up program is now part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s safety work, following the May 1 merger of the two organizations. The 2017 awards will be conferred during the 19th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress, May 17-19, in Orlando, FL. Many patients with insulin-dependent diabetes in the Bellevue Adult Primary Care Center struggled to take time away from work and other responsibilities to visit the clinic to have their insulin dose adjusted. The innovative solution developed by the Bellevue Primary Care Diabetes Team features an evidence-based text messaging program called Mobile Insulin Titration Intervention (MITI, pronounced “mighty”). Patients in the program receive a text message each morning requesting their morning fasting blood sugar level. Patients text back their results and the values are monitored daily by nurses, who call patients once weekly to advise them on an insulin dose titration using a validated dosing algorithm. “This project was designed to both align with and inform the American Diabetes Association’s ongoing policies to promote individualized, patient-centered approaches to diabetes management that reduce health disparities,” said Andrew B. Wallach, MD, FACP, Clinical Director, Ambulatory Care, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “We hope to expand the scope of this approach to disease management to other chronic diseases, such as hypertension and asthma.” “MITI overcomes logistical barriers for patients needing to find their correct basal insulin dose by bringing the care to them on their cell phones. Having properly controlled blood sugar means patients have fewer complications from diabetes, allowing them to lead a healthier life,” said Natalie Levy, MD, Director of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s Primary Care Diabetes Program and the MITI Program. “Our whole team is honored that the NPSF saw the value of our work and granted us this award.” Christiana Care’s care coordination and management program also uses innovation and technology, along with a dedicated care coordination team, to improve safety and outcomes. This program integrates and analyzes clinical and claims data to help in clinical decision making, coordinate office visits when needed, enhance communication during transitions, and provide educational support to providers caring for patients with chronic illness. “Our success with our care coordination and management program stems from a culture at Christiana Care in which the patient and their family is placed at the center of all we do,” said Sharon Anderson, RN, BSN, MS, FACHE, Christiana Care’s Chief Population Health Officer and Senior Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety. “Through this program, we address the gaps between sicknesses and health crises and we ensure that patients’ social and behavioral health needs – with their great impact on health – are being met, in addition to their medical need.” The Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award recognizes the successful implementation of an outstanding patient safety initiative led, or created, by mid-level management. Eligible initiatives are those that have demonstrated evidence of patient safety improvement, with involvement of staff at all levels of the organization. “The outstanding work of these organizations is evidence that our Stand Up members are leading the way in innovations to improve patient safety, patient engagement, and health outcomes,” said Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, former President and CEO, NPSF, and now Chief Clinical and Safety Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, following the recent merger of the two organizations. “We are very pleased to recognize their work at our annual meeting and help inspire others.” About Us The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) began working together as one organization in May 2017. The newly formed entity is committed to using its combined knowledge and resources to focus and energize the patient safety agenda in order to build systems of safety across the continuum of care. To learn more about our trainings, resources, and practical applications, visit ihi.org/PatientSafety. About the NPSF Stand Up for Patient Safety Program The Stand Up for Patient Safety program caters to hospitals, health systems, physician offices, ambulatory facilities, and other entities focused on improving the safety of health care. Membership provides the support and education necessary to embed patient safety principles into organizational practice and align with national patient safety goals and critical regulatory requirements. Through participation, Stand Up members around the world gain access to field-tested tools and resources, expertly designed educational programs, and an invaluable support network. Visit the website to learn more.


WAYNE, Pa., May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medecision, the leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, honored Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and Nova Healthcare Administrators, an Independent Health company, (Nova) with the company’s 6th Annual Innovation Awards, which were presented at Liberation 2017, Medecision’s annual industry conference. Both were recognized for their part in innovating the healthcare transformation journey. HCSC was recognized for the largest healthcare IT SaaS implementation in US history. Nova was recognized for powering a smarter, more connected healthcare experience. HCSC and Nova join a distinguished list of recent past winners including Automated Benefits Services (now Ascension Care Management), ABQ Health Partners (now Davita Medical Group of New Mexico), Baystate Health, Christiana Care Health System, and Health New England. Medecision’s annual industry conference, Liberation 2017, convened population health pioneers March 28–30 in Austin, Texas, for inspiring, innovative discussions and hands-on introductions to the latest apps and technologies for handling risk, implementing population health programs, and optimizing performance under existing/emerging government programs. “The Medecision Innovation Awards distinguish healthcare organizations who demonstrate success across a variety of healthcare models and platforms,” said Deborah M. Gage, president and CEO, Medecision. “This year, Medecision is proud to recognize two pioneering organizations—HCSC and Nova—for leveraging the power of our partnership and Aerial™ platform and applications to decrease care fragmentation, improve the patient experience and lower healthcare costs.” About Medecision Leading healthcare organizations depend on Medecision's team of experienced professionals and buy-only-what-you-need suite of Aerial™ applications to power their value-based care management strategies, which allow sustainable and scalable risk management. Medecision focuses on delivering precise insights on population and individual risk for optimal, evidence-based interventions. www.medecision.com


WAYNE, Pa., May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medecision, the leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, honored Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and Nova Healthcare Administrators, an Independent Health company, (Nova) with the company’s 6th Annual Innovation Awards, which were presented at Liberation 2017, Medecision’s annual industry conference. Both were recognized for their part in innovating the healthcare transformation journey. HCSC was recognized for the largest healthcare IT SaaS implementation in US history. Nova was recognized for powering a smarter, more connected healthcare experience. HCSC and Nova join a distinguished list of recent past winners including Automated Benefits Services (now Ascension Care Management), ABQ Health Partners (now Davita Medical Group of New Mexico), Baystate Health, Christiana Care Health System, and Health New England. Medecision’s annual industry conference, Liberation 2017, convened population health pioneers March 28–30 in Austin, Texas, for inspiring, innovative discussions and hands-on introductions to the latest apps and technologies for handling risk, implementing population health programs, and optimizing performance under existing/emerging government programs. “The Medecision Innovation Awards distinguish healthcare organizations who demonstrate success across a variety of healthcare models and platforms,” said Deborah M. Gage, president and CEO, Medecision. “This year, Medecision is proud to recognize two pioneering organizations—HCSC and Nova—for leveraging the power of our partnership and Aerial™ platform and applications to decrease care fragmentation, improve the patient experience and lower healthcare costs.” About Medecision Leading healthcare organizations depend on Medecision's team of experienced professionals and buy-only-what-you-need suite of Aerial™ applications to power their value-based care management strategies, which allow sustainable and scalable risk management. Medecision focuses on delivering precise insights on population and individual risk for optimal, evidence-based interventions. www.medecision.com


WAYNE, Pa., May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medecision, the leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, honored Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and Nova Healthcare Administrators, an Independent Health company, (Nova) with the company’s 6th Annual Innovation Awards, which were presented at Liberation 2017, Medecision’s annual industry conference. Both were recognized for their part in innovating the healthcare transformation journey. HCSC was recognized for the largest healthcare IT SaaS implementation in US history. Nova was recognized for powering a smarter, more connected healthcare experience. HCSC and Nova join a distinguished list of recent past winners including Automated Benefits Services (now Ascension Care Management), ABQ Health Partners (now Davita Medical Group of New Mexico), Baystate Health, Christiana Care Health System, and Health New England. Medecision’s annual industry conference, Liberation 2017, convened population health pioneers March 28–30 in Austin, Texas, for inspiring, innovative discussions and hands-on introductions to the latest apps and technologies for handling risk, implementing population health programs, and optimizing performance under existing/emerging government programs. “The Medecision Innovation Awards distinguish healthcare organizations who demonstrate success across a variety of healthcare models and platforms,” said Deborah M. Gage, president and CEO, Medecision. “This year, Medecision is proud to recognize two pioneering organizations—HCSC and Nova—for leveraging the power of our partnership and Aerial™ platform and applications to decrease care fragmentation, improve the patient experience and lower healthcare costs.” About Medecision Leading healthcare organizations depend on Medecision's team of experienced professionals and buy-only-what-you-need suite of Aerial™ applications to power their value-based care management strategies, which allow sustainable and scalable risk management. Medecision focuses on delivering precise insights on population and individual risk for optimal, evidence-based interventions. www.medecision.com


News Article | February 21, 2017
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OAK BROOK, Ill. - A new digital breast tomosynthesis technique has the potential to reduce the rate at which women are called back for additional examinations without sacrificing cancer detection, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for use with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) in breast imaging. DBT uses a scanner that rotates partially around the breast, providing individual images of thin layers of tissue. When used with FFDM, DBT has been shown to improve cancer detection and reduce callbacks for additional examinations. However, the combination of the two methods requires a second radiation exposure to the breast, while also slightly increasing the time a patient spends in breast compression. Researchers at Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute in Newark, Del., have been exploring a relatively new approach in which the DBT images are used to create a synthesized 2-D (s2D) compilation image. The method has the potential to render FFDM unnecessary. "The adoption of s2D mammography combined with DBT into screening programs would limit radiation exposure to the patient, and, on the basis of our results, may improve clinical performance," said Jacqueline S. Holt, M.D., FACR, director of Breast Imaging at Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. Dr. Holt and colleagues set out to compare the clinical performance of DBT-s2D with that of DBT-FFDM and FFDM alone. As part of a community oncology program dedicated to breast imaging, the researchers were able to study 78,810 screening mammograms performed from 2011 to 2016. In the study group, 32,076 women were screened with FFDM, 30,561 women were screened using DBT-FFDM and 16,173 women were screened using DBT-s2D. Performance was assessed by looking at recall rate, the cancer detection rate, and positive predictive value (PPV), or the ability to predict if an image-detected abnormality is cancer. The results were eye-opening. DBT-s2D's recall rate was only 4.3 percent, compared with 5.8 percent for DBT-FFDM. Overall cancer detection rates were similar, but DBT-s2D detected 76.5 percent of invasive cancers, compared with 61.3 percent for DBT-FFDM. At 3.6 percent, the false positive rate for DBT-s2D was significantly lower than the 5.2 percent rate for DBT-FFDM. And the positive predictive value of biopsy for DBT-s2D was 40.8 percent, compared to 28.5 percent for DBT-FFDM. Dr. Holt described the findings as both encouraging and surprising, especially given the fact that, with DBT-s2D, the positive predictive value went up. "If synthesized 2-D imaging is performed, you'll get equal or better patient outcomes and go to a lower radiation dose," she said. "These findings could be a practice-changer globally." The results of the study also suggest that adoption of s2D mammography combined with DBT into screening programs would reduce the number of false-positive findings -- an important consideration in the age of value-based medicine. "The downstream cost reduction when women don't need to be called back for additional imaging amounts to millions of healthcare dollars saved," Dr. Holt said. Dr. Holt understands that radiologists may be wary of relying on the s2D image. Her advice for clinics is to gradually adopt the technology and track how they're doing through an initial trial period during which the DBT-s2D approach is used side-by-side with the DBT-FFDM technique. "A lot of the controversy surrounding screening mammography is about false-positive findings," Dr. Holt said. "With this method, we are addressing this issue, optimizing patient care and adding value." "Clinical Performance of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography Combined with Tomosynthesis in a Large Screening Population." Collaborating with Dr. Holt were Mireille P. Aujero, M.D., Sara C. Gavenonis, M.D., Ron Benjamin, D.O., and Zugui Zhang, Ph.D. Radiology is edited by Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., and owned and published by the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (http://radiology. ) RSNA is an association of 54,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists promoting excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation. The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill. (RSNA.org)


News Article | February 21, 2017
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A new digital breast tomosynthesis technique has the potential to reduce the rate at which women are called back for additional examinations without sacrificing cancer detection, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for use with full-field digital mammography (FFDM) in breast imaging. DBT uses a scanner that rotates partially around the breast, providing individual images of thin layers of tissue. When used with FFDM, DBT has been shown to improve cancer detection and reduce callbacks for additional examinations. However, the combination of the two methods requires a second radiation exposure to the breast, while also slightly increasing the time a patient spends in breast compression. Researchers at Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute in Newark, Del., have been exploring a relatively new approach in which the DBT images are used to create a synthesized 2-D (s2D) compilation image. The method has the potential to render FFDM unnecessary. “The adoption of s2D mammography combined with DBT into screening programs would limit radiation exposure to the patient, and, on the basis of our results, may improve clinical performance,” said Jacqueline S. Holt, M.D., FACR, director of Breast Imaging at Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute. Dr. Holt and colleagues set out to compare the clinical performance of DBT-s2D with that of DBT-FFDM and FFDM alone. As part of a community oncology program dedicated to breast imaging, the researchers were able to study 78,810 screening mammograms performed from 2011 to 2016. In the study group, 32,076 women were screened with FFDM, 30,561 women were screened using DBT-FFDM and 16,173 women were screened using DBT-s2D. Performance was assessed by looking at recall rate, the cancer detection rate, and positive predictive value (PPV), or the ability to predict if an image-detected abnormality is cancer. The results were eye-opening. DBT-s2D’s recall rate was only 4.3 percent, compared with 5.8 percent for DBT-FFDM. Overall cancer detection rates were similar, but DBT-s2D detected 76.5 percent of invasive cancers, compared with 61.3 percent for DBT-FFDM. At 3.6 percent, the false positive rate for DBT-s2D was significantly lower than the 5.2 percent rate for DBT-FFDM. And the positive predictive value of biopsy for DBT-s2D was 40.8 percent, compared to 28.5 percent for DBT-FFDM. Dr. Holt described the findings as both encouraging and surprising, especially given the fact that, with DBT-s2D, the positive predictive value went up. “If synthesized 2-D imaging is performed, you’ll get equal or better patient outcomes and go to a lower radiation dose,” she said. “These findings could be a practice-changer globally.” The results of the study also suggest that adoption of s2D mammography combined with DBT into screening programs would reduce the number of false-positive findings—an important consideration in the age of value-based medicine. “The downstream cost reduction when women don’t need to be called back for additional imaging amounts to millions of healthcare dollars saved,” Dr. Holt said. Dr. Holt understands that radiologists may be wary of relying on the s2D image. Her advice for clinics is to gradually adopt the technology and track how they’re doing through an initial trial period during which the DBT-s2D approach is used side-by-side with the DBT-FFDM technique. “A lot of the controversy surrounding screening mammography is about false-positive findings,” Dr. Holt said. “With this method, we are addressing this issue, optimizing patient care and adding value.” “Clinical Performance of Synthesized Two-dimensional Mammography Combined with Tomosynthesis in a Large Screening Population.” Collaborating with Dr. Holt were Mireille P. Aujero, M.D., Sara C. Gavenonis, M.D., Ron Benjamin, D.O., and Zugui Zhang, Ph.D. Radiology is edited by Herbert Y. Kressel, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., and owned and published by the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. (http://pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology) RSNA is an association of 54,000 radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists promoting excellence in patient care and health care delivery through education, research and technologic innovation. The Society is based in Oak Brook, Ill. (RSNA.org)


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians is pleased to announce the selection of Tabassum Salam, MD, FACP, CHCQM as the recipient of the 2017 CHCQM Diplomate Achievement Award. Congratulations to Dr. Salam who demonstrated an outstanding example of an IT-enabled care coordination system: the Care Link team. Beginning with the development of clinical pathways to standardize the treatment of surgical patients, robust inter-professional care coordination and discharge planning, and the proactive interaction with the Delaware and Maryland Health Information Networks, this Population Health Management project led to positive outcomes in an impressive population of post-surgical patients. Integrating data exchange into clinical workflow is an impressive task; leveraging this data with predictive modeling into a reduction in length of stay, enabling more patients to return directly home after surgery, and reduced readmissions is outstanding. Dr. Salam proudly states that, “The development of the IT innovations for Population Health Management positioned our clinical and care coordination teams to make meaningful and timely contributions to the success of patients who underwent knee and hip replacement surgery in this project. The IT innovations as well as the relationships developed by the clinical and care coordination teams broke down significant communication barriers between the many providers, health systems and post-acute agencies that contribute to the patients' care. The use of a shared population health management electronic health record allow a geographically dispersed team to collaborate on the care of the patients and avoid redundancy of efforts. In addition, the novel real-time admission, discharge and laboratory results feeds from the state health information exchanges arm the whole team with tremendously valuable, actionable alerts that had never been available before.” Patient care innovations under Dr. Salam’s leadership make the impressive work at Christiana Care a benchmark for the rest of the nation. The project clearly embodies the health care quality and management and patient safety principles ABQAURP was looking for in the award selection process. Aligned with our mission, the Care Link team found, “In addition to the technological advances, we did not forget to emphasize the building of relationships with patients, their families and their circle of care. Our team has a much more rounded view of our patients' clinical progress and social and personal needs, and this in turn allows us to guide them to recovery in a far more streamlined manner, while minimizing unnecessary, wasteful clinical activity. We have been able to seamlessly expand this model to the care of other progressively larger and geographically distributed populations in our state.” ABQAURP’s CHCQM Award Selection Panel and association Board Members felt that Dr. Salam’s project, “incorporated all of the elements of a model quality project” and successfully “integrated health IT into clinical outcomes and set a stage for addressing the needs for Population Health and for implementing MACRA.” ABQAURP would like to extend our sincere Thank You to Dr. Salam and all who submitted their outstanding achievements in quality and patient safety that have led to improvement, positive outcomes, and the advancement of Health Care Quality Management and Patient Safety. In accepting the award, Dr. Salam graciously says, “It is wonderful to receive this award on behalf of the team at Care Link, a truly interprofessional group of Population Health clinicians and Information Technology specialists. It is through their persistent hard work that we are able to bring targeted resources to patients and their families at essential healthcare-related moments in their lives. And the best part about the Care Link team is the innovation, development, and expansion continues every day; we are able to grow the network of people benefiting from our Population Health interventions.” Join us at the 40th Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference to congratulate Dr. Salam and celebrate all of our Diplomate’s achievements. For more event information, please visit: http://www.abqaurp.org/AnnualConference. Dr. Tabassum Salam is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician. She has been at Christiana Care Health System for over fifteen years. She spent many years as a clinician-educator and Associate Director of the Internal Medicine residency program. In this role, she practiced in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings and educated resident physicians and medical students. Currently, Dr. Salam is a Senior Physician Advisor for Population Health at Christiana Care Health System. In this role, she leads and orchestrates population health management projects for the health system. She serves as the Medical Director of Care Link Services, leading a care coordination team of nurses, pharmacists and social workers who care for large populations throughout the state of Delaware. The Care Link team focuses on improving health outcomes and optimizing utilization of health care services in the populations it cares for. Dr. Salam also serves as the Governor of the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians. About ABQAURP Celebrating our 40th year of excellence in Health Care Quality Management and Patient Safety, ABQAURP is a premier professional association providing Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) certification, ACCME-accredited continuing medical education, and membership to health care professionals worldwide. The HCQM Certification is the only interdisciplinary health care quality and management examination administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®). Learn more at: http://www.abqaurp.org. “National Board of Medical Examiners®” and “NBME®” are registered trademarks of the National Board of Medical Examiners.


News Article | November 23, 2016
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NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barry Dahllof, Jr., Corporate Director of Managed Care Contracting at Christiana Care Health System, has been selected to join the Industry Board at the American Health Council. He will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in Finance and Accounting. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/88dfebe4-c947-4b77-9765-e4b3a7a748d5 With more than twenty-five years in the finance industry, Mr. Dahllof offers valuable insight on contractual agreements and accounting. His knack for numbers and reading led him to a career in Finance and Contracting, while injuries he sustained playing sports during high school inspired him to become more knowledgeable about healthcare, something he would be able to pass on to his children and to others. As the Corporate Director of Managed Care Contracting at Christiana Care Health System, Mr. Dahllof’s day-to-day responsibilities consist of negotiating and constructing contracts with a wide variety of commercial and management organizations, while also directing various departments. Moreover, he serves as the liaison for the healthcare system and the management care organization. In 1990, Barry Dahllof received his Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University in Accounting. He is affiliated with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the Institute of Managed Accounting (IMA). In addition, Mr. Dahllof is a member of the Travel Baseball Team, the University Flames Club, and the Love of Christ Church. He has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and achievements by Strathmore’s Who’s Who. Among his many accomplishments, he is proudest of his ability to collaborate with creative individuals in bringing about an improved delivery of healthcare. Barry Dahllof attributes his success to listening, learning, and collaborating with the right people at the right time. Mr. Dahllof’s long term goals include living one day at a time and to continue growing in his career. During his free time, Barry Dahllof, Jr. enjoys supporting his children’s sports, which include baseball, soccer, field hockey, and gymnastics.


News Article | November 28, 2016
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange, announced today the election of four new board members to its Board of Directors, as well as the re-election of eight previous board members to serve two-year terms. The WEDI Board of Directors represents a diverse cross-section of the industry including payers, providers, government regulators and industry vendors. This group of executives will lead the organization forward in its efforts to promote the use of health IT in improving healthcare information exchange – enhancing quality of care, improving efficiency and reducing costs. New board members include: 1. Pam Grosze, PNC Bank (Vendor) 2. David Haugen, Minnesota Department of Health (Government) 3. Teresa Rivera, Utah Health Information Network (Not-for-Profit/Affiliate) 4. Michael Wilson, HealthCare Information Management, Inc. (Vendor) Standing and appointed board members include: 13. Stacey Barber, ASC/X12N (Standards/Operating Rules) 14. Laura Darst, Mayo Clinic (Provider) 15. Durwin Day, Health Care Service Corporation (Health Plan) 16. Lorraine Doo, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Government) 17. Jay Eisenstock, Aetna (Health Plan) 18. Wendy Fuller, BCBS Arizona (Health Plan) 19. Chuck Jaffe, HL7 (Standards/Operating Rules) 20. John Kelly, Edifecs (Vendor) 21. Gwen Lohse, CAQH CORE (Standards/Operating Rules) 22. Peggy Lynahan, Christiana Care Health System (Provider) 23. Deborah Meisner, Change Healthcare (Vendor) 24. Jean Narcisi, American Dental Association (At-Large Position) 25. Ryan Reddick, Anthem (Health Plan) 26. Samuel Rubenstein, Montefiore Medical Center (Provider) 27. Srinu Sonti, Federation of American Hospitals (Provider) 28. Lee Ann Stember, NCPDP (Standards/Operating Rules) 29. Debra Strickland, Xerox (Vendor) 30. Robert Tennant, Medical Group Management Association (Provider) “WEDI prides itself on representing the full spectrum of perspectives in healthcare information exchange,” said Charles W. Stellar, president and CEO of WEDI. “Our Board of Directors elections and appointees represent just that. As leaders in their fields, we look to rely on them to guide our organization forward united in the goal of improving the efficiency of healthcare through the use of information technology. Congratulations to the new and re-elected board members.” For more information on the WEDI Board of Directors, visit the WEDI website. About WEDI The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is the leading authority on the use of health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation’s healthcare system. WEDI was formed in 1991 by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was designated in the 1996 HIPAA legislation as an advisor to HHS. WEDI’s membership includes a broad coalition of organizations, including: hospitals, providers, health plans, vendors, government agencies, consumers, not-for-profit organizations, and standards development organizations. To learn more, visit http://www.wedi.org.

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