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March 28, 2016 13:00 ET

Director of IBM's Watson Health Innovation Will Deliver Opening Keynote at The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute

GETTYSBURG, PA --(Marketwired - March 28, 2016) - OPEN MINDS announced that Craig Rhinehart, Director of Watson Health Innovation and Market Development at IBM, will deliver the keynote addresses 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 in Washington, D.C.

This year's institute will have a special focus on tech-enabled clinical performance improvement. 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. This year, we'll be looking at the state of the art technologies that are enabling organizations to improve clinical performance. The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute is about making technology work for your organization in the new era of value-based care.

Craig Rhinehart will open this year's institute with his keynote presentation, "Cognitive Computing & Big Data: How They Will Shape The Future Of Care Coordination." Mr. Rhinehart has more than 30 years' executive experience bringing innovative solutions to market in healthcare, government and other industries. He writes and speaks about corporate entrepreneurship, healthcare and innovation. Considered an expert in Intrapreneurship, innovation models and managing unstructured data, Mr. Rhinehart's technology expertise includes cognitive computing, enterprise content management, records management, big data, content analytics, and case/care management. In addition, Mr. Rhinehart founded and leads IBM's corporate entrepreneurship efforts through the Intrapreneurship@IBM community, a program designed to foster corporate entrepreneurship and help bring IBM's innovation to market.

"Executives of organizations serving consumers with complex needs are facing many challenges an increasingly competitive market," explains Monica E. Oss, OPEN MINDS Chief Executive Officer. "The challenges include using data to make better and more strategic decisions; using communications technologies to change the geographic market boundaries for service; using robotics to engage consumers in new ways; using consumer-directed treatment technologies to provide more efficient and effective treatments across the service system. Our goal for this event is to provide executives with a detailed look at the state of the art technologies that are enabling organizations to improve clinical performance."

In addition to the keynote presentations, 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.

Discounted registration for The 2016 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute is available through September 9, 2016. Seating 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

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