Nation’s Top Innovators In Tech-Enabled Management Meet At 2014 OPEN MINDS

Special 10th Anniversary Event Draws 500+ Industry Thought Leaders To Washington, D.C. For Discussion On Best Practices In Selecting, Implementing, & Leveraging Emerging Technologies

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Nov. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OPEN MINDS, a leading health and human service market intelligence and management support firm, gathered hundreds of the industry’s leading executives in Washington, D.C. last week for the tenth annual OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. The focus on the institute was on emerging technologies and tech-enabled best practices to support the delivery and management of services for consumers with complex service and support needs.

With more than 550 executives registered, the event was sold out at its new D.C. venue, the Omni Shoreham Hotel. This year’s institute included two days of networking, tech strategy discussions led by the OPEN MINDS team of expert consultants, and case study presentations from the nation’s most forward-thinking people and companies in the health and human service market.

“This year’s institute assembled all the true innovators in our field — from the industry’s first Video Evangelist: Simon Dudley of LifeSize Communications; to a pilot project for the secure interstate exchange of electronic behavioral health records: the Behavioral Health Data Exchange Consortium; to a socially assistive humanoid robot helping to improve special education programs: the NAO Robot,” said OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer, Monica E. Oss. “The institute was designed to give executives the opportunity to glimpse the future, understand the technologies that will change the way care is delivered to individuals with chronic conditions and complex support needs, and develop successful technology strategies for their own organizations.”

The 2014 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute also hosted a record number of exhibitors in a sold out exhibit hall, which held multiple sponsored networking activities, including a networking reception, sponsored by Askesis Development Group; an ice cream social, sponsored by Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company; and a networking breakfast, sponsored by CoCENTRIX.

For a full list of conference sponsors, see:

Featured faculty at the institute included:

  • Herb Quinde, Director, Public Sector, Microsoft
  • Neal D. Ryan, M.D., Director, UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Deb Adler, Senior Vice President, Behavioral Network Services, Optum Behavioral Health
  • Trish Cavestany, MSN, RN, CCM, CHC, Director, Clinical Products and Operations, Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc.
  • Raymond T. Heipp, Ph.D., Director of Assistive and Educational Technologies, Westminster Technologies, Inc.
  • Princess Little, LCSW-C, Behavioral Product Strategy Lead, Cigna
  • Simon Dudley, Video Evangelist, LifeSize Communications
  • Kate Wetherby, Public Health Advisor, SAMHSA
  • Samantha Wallack Meklir, Policy Advisor, Office of Policy, DHHS/Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
  • Josh Longiaru, CHTS-PW, Information and Technology Director, United Services, Inc.

For complete list of faculty and speakers, see:

Although this year’s event has concluded, coverage of the event was tweeted live @openmindscircle with the official institute hashtag: #TII14; additional coverage, including photos, are available at the OPEN MINDS Facebook page:

The 2015 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on October 27-28, 2015. Discounted registration and sponsorship opportunities are now available, including a special registration offer available through the end of this month, at

To learn more about OPEN MINDS‘ upcoming executive education events, visit For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Tim Snyder, Vice President, Marketing, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or

OPEN MINDS is the premier market intelligence and management support firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service field serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs—Mental Health Services, Addictions Treatment Services, Children & Family Services, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services, Chronic Disease Management Services, Disability Supports & Long Term Care Services, Juvenile Justice Services, Correctional Health Care, Re-entry & Diversion Services, Social Services. Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates provide innovative management solutions designed to improve operational and strategic performance. Learn more at

Tim Snyder
Vice President, Marketing


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