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May 15, 2017 13:15 ET

Andrew Wright Of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. & James Schuster, M.D. Of UPMC To Keynote Upcoming 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

GETTYSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) - OPEN MINDS has announced that Andrew Wright, Vice President of Digital Medicine at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and James Schuster, MD, Vice President of Behavioral Integration & Chief Medical Officer of Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services at UPMC Insurance Division will keynote the 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. This year's institute will be held on November 7-8, 2017 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This executive-focused event projects over 500 attendees and more than 30 innovative technology organizations and will focus on mastering the tech tools and strategies you need to maximize performance in a competitive market.

This year's institute is focused on the technology tools and strategies organizations need to maximize performance in a competitive, value-based market. This year, we're exploring all the tech tools and competencies successful executives must master to build successful and sustainable organizations. This event aims to bring together executives from across the health and human services industry to discuss the emerging technology tools executives need to improve outcomes, streamline decisionmaking, and add value to the management and delivery of care for consumers with complex needs.

Andrew Wright will kick-off the OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute on November 7 with his plenary address, "Pharmaceuticals & Digital Medicine -- Developments In Collaborative Innovation." Mr. Wright is Vice President of Digital Medicine at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). In this role, he is responsible for leading the commercialization of wearable computing and digital products. OAPI's goal is to enable improved patient medication adherence and better-informed physician decisionmaking to tailor treatment to the patient's needs. Mr. Wright has more than 25 years of U.S. and Global experience in commercial leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, he worked at Novartis as Head, HCP Digital/Multi-Channel Marketing, Global Commercialization, and was responsible for identifying and developing digital and multi-channel solutions that enhanced customer engagement. Prior to that, as Executive Director of Insights & Innovation, he led and developed a team responsible for customer/brand insights and innovation across the U.S. pharmaceutical business.

Day two of this year's event will begin with a plenary address, "The Future Role Of Medicare & Medicaid Health Plans: Data Sharing To Enable Population Health Management," by Dr. James Schuster. Dr. Schuster is Vice President of Behavioral Integration and Chief Medical Officer of Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services at UPMC Insurance Division and has been with the insurance division since 2000. At the insurance division, Dr. Schuster is responsible for medical leadership of behavioral health, physical health, and long term supportive services products. Dr. Schuster has been a leader in development of recovery and pharmacy quality improvement programs and has received awards from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to assess the impact of, physical health/behavioral health integration programs and shared decision making initiatives. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.

"Improving value, with both better performance and lower costs, is imperative to succeeding in today's health and human services market. And improving value when working with consumers with complex needs can be impossible without adopting new and innovative technologies," explains Monica E. Oss, OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer. "Organizations need to being using data, communication technologies, robotics, and consumer-directed treatment technologies to meet and exceed the requirements in today's market. It is critical that leadership teams recognize and understand the value of today's tech tools and can master the tech strategies needed to maximize their organization's performance in this competitive marketplace."

Group discounts are available for The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. Early registration is highly encouraged as this event is expected to sell out quickly. Register today or learn more at

OPEN MINDS is a national strategic advisory firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service industry serving individuals with complex support needs: mental health; addiction treatment; children and family services; intellectual and developmental disabilities; chronic disease management; long term care; social services; correctional health care; and juvenile justice.

Founded in 1987 and based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 75+ associates believe by providing the latest market intelligence and management best practices to organizations serving the health and social support needs of the most vulnerable consumers, those organizations will be better able to provide efficient and effective services. Learn more at

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