How National Initiatives have improved eHealth Deployment in the US. An inspiration for other counties?


Dr. Andy Weisenthal

How National Initiatives have improved eHealth Deployment in the US. An inspiration for other countries?



The HITECH Act, a part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, was enacted into law in early 2009.  It contained a broad array of provisions intended to promote and support the adoption of clinical information technology at many levels of the US health care delivery system.  A combination of new US national health information technology (HIT) policy, regulations, and large monetary incentives emerged as a result of the law.  What has been the result in the US, four years later?  Where is HIT likely headed in the US as a result of this law?  What are the lessons for health care policy makers and governments throughout the world?  This talk will summarize the impacts of HITECH, make some educated guesses about the ultimate consequences of the law in the US, and draw some conclusions for other nations.



Andrew M. Wiesenthal, MD, SM has been with Deloitte since May 2010.  From April 2000 until joining Deloitte, he was Associate Executive Director of the Permanente Federation.  There, his work was in the arenas of development and deployment of automated medical records, decision support, and other clinical systems for all of Kaiser Permanente.  Most notably, he was the national physician leader for the Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect (electronic health record) project from its inception through its successful conclusion in 2010.  From 1983 until April 2000, Dr. Wiesenthal served as a pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases consultant with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG). He also led CPMG’s quality management program and served as Associate Medical Director for Medical Management, with responsibility for quality management, utilization management, regulatory compliance, risk management, credentialing and physician performance, and informatics. Since joining Deloitte, he has been a leader on numerous clinical information system projects, as well as health care delivery system strategy and improvement projects.  He is a widely recognized health information technology leader.

Dr. Wiesenthal graduated from Yale University with a BA degree with honors in Latin American Studies in 1971 and received his MD in 1975 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.  He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado in 1978, and then he served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control from 1978-80 before returning to the University of Colorado for a pediatric infectious disease fellowship, which was completed in 1983.  He is board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.  In 2004, Dr. Wiesenthal earned an SM (Masters of Science) in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.