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October 31, 2016 11:24 ET

Askesis Development Group, IBM Watson Health, The Echo Group & PLEXIS Healthcare Systems To Be Highlighted At The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute

GETTYSBURG, PA--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - New this year, OPEN MINDS will have an exciting demo track at The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. This two-day executive education event will be held on November 10-11, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. and will feature four in-depth demonstrations of state-of-the-art technologies from organizations such as:

Askesis Development Group, an innovative electronic health record (EHR) vendor, will unveil its next generation software solution, PsychConsult Encounter Navigator, developed to provide a patient-centered method for documenting psychiatric and primary care services for physical health, substance use, and behavioral health providers. This tool supports an integrated care team approach and is driven by a physician driven workflow. PsychConsult Encounter Navigator organizes the complex components of evaluation and management documentation and dynamically prompts clinicians for suggested interventions to improve clinical decision making. This session will showcase how PsychConsult Encounter Navigator can support an integrated care team approach and improve quality of care.

IBM Watson Health, a unit within IBM -- a leading innovative technology vendor, will highlight ways technology can be used in health care. The IBM Watson Health and ODH, Inc. team will showcase the importance of population health management and ways cognitive computing is now being used in health care including behavioral health and the health and human services marketplaces.

The Echo Group, a leading behavioral health EHR vendor, will showcase its unique ability to partner with organizations aiming to succeed with becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As CCBHCs and the Excellence in Mental Health Act have revolutionize behavioral health care, The Echo Group is partnering with customers in 17 states that were awarded planning grants to provide the product and leadership necessary to be selected CCBHCs in those states. The Echo Group will highlight its expertise with staying on top of the evolving CCBHC initiative and adapting the new standards and requirements to organizations.

PLEXIS Healthcare Systems, a leading payer technology vendor, will highlight its enterprise core administration and claims management solution for healthcare payers, government healthcare, health plans, and payer provider collaborations. The PLEXIS team aims to showcase how its first-in-class solutions can be used to implement a new service line into the system, for purposes such as billing, in as little as 30-minutes. This demo will also highlight how the PLEXIS system can assist with encounter data reporting and full service EDI as well as easily integrate with an EHR system to support and improve core administration and claims management functions.

Along with these demonstrations, the agenda will feature two exciting keynote presenters:

This year's institute will have a special focus on tech-enabled clinical performance improvement -- and the state-of-the-art technologies that can make that happen. Many provider organizations are using data to improve their revenue cycle management, to manage productivity, and create other administrative efficiencies; but, the path to deploying data and emerging technologies to improve the access to, and outcomes of, clinical services is more difficult. The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute is about making technology work for your organization in the new era of value-based care.

This year's institute will have four tracks that will provide all the cutting-edge information your team needs to improve outcomes and decisionmaking through technology:

Track 1, Technology Strategy, is about building foundations for the organization's technology plan. All technology investments should be a derivative outgrowth of your organization's strategic plan and be grounded in the fundamental needs of the organization, their consumers, and their payers. This track focuses on best practice technology planning, budgeting, selection, and implementation -- the essential components needed to compete in a value-based market.

Track 2, Technology Innovation, is focused on highlighting the range of emerging technology options available. From robots to smartphone apps, the technology is shaping the delivery of health care from every angle -- but not all tech is a good fit for every organization, or every consumer. This track is designed to showcase the many cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the future of health care and to explore how organizations are using this new tech to gain the competitive advantage in their markets.

Track 3, Knowledge Partners, is designed to showcase the experiences of provider organizations from across the country. In partnership with some of the industry's most advanced technology vendors, this track will highlight how vendor and provider organization partnerships can help to position organizations for success in a value-based market through the use of information management and new technologies.

Track 4, Technology Demonstrations, is about evaluating the range of vendor offerings available to provider organizations. In this market, suppliers of technology are no longer just "vendors," but partners for the long term. This exciting track will allow executives to learn more about their options, ask questions, and find the technology partner that's a best fit.

Seating for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute is limited, and registrations will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register online or download a registration form, visit

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

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Tim Snyder, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or

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