Todd Rothenhaus, MD, is a nationally recognized expert on the implementation of electronic health record systems and the use of technology to support effective and accountable care. Trained in both medicine and engineering, Rothenhaus currently serves as chief medical officer of athenahealth, the provider of the nation’s only single-instance clinical information network.
Prior to joining athenahealth more than 11 years ago, Rothenhaus was chief information officer of Steward Health Care (formerly the Caritas Christi), the second largest health system in New England, where he developed and executed a $70 million plan to automate care delivery, deploying inpatient EHR and integrated ambulatory EHR systems and positioning the health system to qualify for Meaningful Use dollars and become an Accountable Care Organization.
Rothenhaus began his career as an attending physician at Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Boston’s busiest emergency department and trauma center. During his time as an attending physician, he grew a keen sense for how clinical information should move through the supply chain to improve outcomes for patients, care providers and organizations. Rothenhaus also served as medical director of the Newton Emergency Department of the Boston University Medical Center and director of Informatics at Boston University’s Department of Emergency Medicine.
Rothenhaus has served on a number of national committees, most recently as chairman of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology's (CCHIT) ED Workgroup, and has held a number of academic appointments at institutions such as Northeastern University. Rothenhaus has been actively engaged in professional societies like the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).