Our Story

As a critical care physician, Dr. Rawat experienced firsthand the frustrations of using inefficient manual processes to locate the proper care for her patients whose conditions she couldn’t treat in the facilities she was serving, including behavioral health conditions. That frustration led to the development of OpenBeds®, a software platform that leverages today’s technology to improve transparency, communications and ultimately care.

In 2015, the National Institute on Drug Abuse approached Dr. Rawat to partner to develop our existing technology to service the opioid epidemic and other behavioral health conditions.

She met with over 150 providers, administrators and government officials in an effort to learn and address their challenges. The results of that development represent the software platform we promote today. And we are delighted that it is enabling states, local governments, and treatment facilities to better serve those in need.

Our team is made up of physicians, engineers, and subject matter experts and business professionals who share a deep commitment to improve care delivery and quality and improve access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. 

OpenBeds is an Appriss owned company.

Our Leadership

Nishi Rawat, M.D., MBA



Nishi is a is a physician and healthcare services researcher, double-board certified in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine and faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on improving the quality of healthcare delivery and reducing costs. She is an NIH-sponsored investigator who has won several awards at national research meetings for her research,  and a leadership award from Johns Hopkins for her quality improvement activities.


Nishi brings a wealth of healthcare institutional knowledge, creativity and vision to OpenBeds®.

Surendra Rawat, Ph.D.



Surendra is a systems engineer with a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and 40 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology sector in R&D, manufacturing and telecom service provider companies. He has held senior staff and senior management positions at Bell Canada and Nortel Networks.


For over 20 years, he served as Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering and School of Management at the University of Ottawa, teaching graduate courses in Product Development, Systems Engineering, Management Science, and Mobile Wireless Communications Networks and Technologies.

Steve Carroll

Business Development


Steve is the business development lead for OpenBeds. After retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2011, Steve used his experience succeeding in complex, dynamic and highly risky environments into business development, running operations at RideScout, a transportation technology start-up, which was acquired by Daimler AG less than a year from launch.


As a combat veteran of the US Army with a graduate education in economics, Steve now uses his experience and extensive leadership and management experience at OpenBeds®.