It Takes More than a Village — Thank You

They say it takes a village, but we had a whole metropolis supporting Prime Health in bringing together leaders and key stakeholders to explore how, together, we can enhance healthcare in our local communities and across the U.S., through digital health innovations.

More than 100 organizations joined forces with us this year to make the 2016 Prime Health Innovation Summit the largest gathering of its kind in Colorado’s history — and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Please join us in thanking each one of our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers.


Colorado Health Foundation



Kaiser PermanenteE&YViaWest

Denver South Economic Development Partnership

Denver Office of Economic Development


Garlic Media



Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Twentyseven Global






Allergy Solutions, Inc.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


Catalyst HTI


Colorado BioScience Association

Countermind, LLC



Garlic Media

HAP Innovations

Motus Health Tech

Novum Concepts


Otto Healthcare

Play-it Health

Prime Health/Valid Eval

Quantant Technology, Inc.

Radish Systems




Symbia Allergy


Test Appropriate

The Lonely Entrepreneur

Twentyseven Global


Weigh and Win



Adam Brickman, Director of Strategic Communication & Public Policy, Omada Health

Amy Latham, VP, Philanthropy, Colorado Health Foundation

Ashley Simmons, Director of Innovation Development, Florida Hospital

Barbara Martin, Interim Colorado SIM Office Director

Bert Miuccio, CEO, HealthTeamWorks

Brett Peterson, Venture Development, CU Innovations

Brian Garcia, SVP, CTO/CPO, Welltok

Bruce Brandes, CEO, Lucro Marketplace

Carm Huntress, CEO, RxRevu

Chip Blaufuss, Chief Development Officer, HCA

Christi Zuber, Director, Innovation Consultancy, Kaiser Permanente

Christian Dwyer, SVP, Revenue Products & Distribution, Healthgrades

Christopher Khoury, VP, Environmental Intelligence & Strategic Analytics, American Medical Association

Dr. David Kibbe, President & CEO, Co-founder, Direct Trust

David Marshall, Founder, MyRounding

Debra Loggia, Sr. Mgr. Digital & Emerging Technologies, Ernst & Young

Derek Baird, VP, Growth & Business Development, AVIA

Dick Thompson, Executive Director & CEO, Quality Health Network

Doug Krug, el Solutions

Ed Cantwell, Executive Director, Center for Medical Interoperability

Dr. Foster Goss, Emergency Physician, CU Anschutz Medical Center

Frank Ricotta, Managing Partner, BurstIQ

Gabe Varela, CTO, CirrusMD

Gary Loveman, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Consumer Health & Services, Aetna

Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, President & CEO, MGMA

Hans Lundin, CFO, Point B Capital

Heidi Dohse, Program Manager, Google

Jake Rishavy, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DSEDP

Jane Chiang, SVP of Medical Affairs, American Diabetes Association

Jason Carolan, CTO, ViaWest

Dr. Jay Want, Chief Medical Officer, CIVHC

Jeff Waggoner, Partner, TechCXO

Jim Greiner, Business Advisor

Jody Holtzman, SVP, Enterprise Strategy & Innovation, AARP

Joe Sammen, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved

Katie Richardson, Director of Physician Experience, Kaiser Permanente

Katya Hancock, Director of Strategic Partnerships, StartUp Health

Kay Cowling, CEO, Cowling Advisory Services

Kevin Riddleberger, Chief Strategy Officer, DispatchHealth

Dr. Kimberly Gandy, CEO, Play-it Health

Kurt Brenkus, Founder, Aver Informatics

Liz Coker, COO, 3P Health

Margaret McGuckin, Principal, M. McGuckin Group

Mark Mescher, Regional Business Director, angelMD

Matt Guy, Executive Director, Pueblo Triple Aim Coalition

Matt Hinchey, Innovation Imagineer, Mercer

Matt Sopcich, President & Co-Founder, MyStrength

Michael Dermer, Founder & CEO, The Dermer Group

Mike Biselli, President, Catalyst HTI

Mike Freeman, CEO, Innosphere

Morgan Honea, CEO, CORHIO

Patrick Spear, President & CEO, Global Market Development Center

Peter Kung, System Vice President, Virtual Health, SCL Health

Renae Pemberton, ACO Program Director, Centura

Richard Zane, Executive Director, Emergency Services, CU Anschutz Medical Center

Sean Kennedy, Healthcare & Life Sciences Solution Architect, Salesforce Health Cloud

Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. HHS

Steve Adams, CEO, Leo Technologies

Steve Lindseth, Senior Advisor, Triple Tree Capital Partners

Sumanth Channabasappa, Founding Director, The CORE

Tod Baker, CEO, MDValuate

Todd Evenson, COO, MGMA

Tom Base, Managing Director, Boomtown Accelerator

Tom Higley, CEO, 10.10.10

Toma Bedolla, Founder & CEO, House of Genius

Tracey Campbell, VP, Strategy & Business Development, CIVHC

Uri Neren, President and Founder, Innovators International

Vic Ahmed, Founder, Innovation Pavilion

Yaniv Kanfi, President, iTriage/WellMatch

Value = (Quality=Outcomes)/Cost. Does that cover it?

Value. It’s driving a lot of change in the industry, but what does it really entail? Does “value” mean the same thing to a consumer/patient as it does to a provider? With more emphasis on the consumer experience, does it contain elements of patient satisfaction? Of convenience? What about the provider’s experience? How do performance and cost transparency play a role?

As we surge toward a value-based system, it would help if we were all striving to achieve the same vision. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate our vision of “value.” What do you think?

Don’t miss the Value = (Quality=Outcomes)/Cost discussion at Monday’s Prime Health Summit. You’ll have the opportunity to join moderator Jim Greiner and other healthcare industry leaders to discuss and debate a revised definition of healthcare value. Plus, panelists will share specific value-driven implementation or results from their organizations.

In the morning session, you’ll hear from:

  • Tod Baker, CEO, MDValuate
  • Jay Want, Chief Medical Officer, CIVHC
  • Dick Thompson, Executive Director and CEO, Quality Health Network
  • Bert Miuccio, CEO, HealthTeamWorks

And in the afternoon, you can join the conversation with:

  • Kurt Brenkus, Founder and CEO, Aver Informatics
  • Morgan Honea, CEO, CORHIO
  • Hans Lundin, CFO, Point B Capital
  • Tracey Campbell, VP, Strategy and Business Development, CIVHC

Register here for the 2016 Prime Health Summit if you haven’t already.

Prime Health to Convene National Digital Health Innovation Brain Trust

Prime Health Innovation Summit & Expo partners industry giants with digital disrupters

DENVER, COLORADO (May 10, 2016) – The epicenter of health innovation will be in Denver, Colorado as over 50 health innovation thought leaders from across the U.S. gather on May 16 and 17 to advance the national conversation on health innovation and its potential to reduce costs and improve access to care and clinical outcomes. This significant collection of expertise is anticipated to generate ideas and knowledge-sharing that will influence the future of digital health and health innovation and their impact on providers, payors, consumers and new technologies.

The Prime Health Innovation Summit & Expo is organized by Prime Health, a non-profit Colorado-based digital health integrator. 2016 marks the fifth year for this annual gathering. In a collaborative environment, speakers and attendees will discuss urgent health innovation needs and best practices for integrating innovation into care models, patient satisfaction and engagement, enhancing value and interoperability.

Expected speakers include established industry constituents who are dealing with the current and pending digital disruption of healthcare’s status quo, together with digital health mavericks and innovation experts. Senior executives from Hospital Corporation of America, Aetna, Medical Group Management Association, Kaiser Permanente, American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association will lead discussions with leaders of companies such as Omada Health, iTriage, Aver Informatics and Welltok. Representatives of innovation think tanks and information technology companies venturing into healthcare, such as Salesforce and Google, are also expected.

In keeping with Prime Health’s role as an integrator in the digital health space, on May 17 members of digital health ecosystems from New York, Chicago and Colorado’s Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins will explore how regional ecosystems can collaborate to accelerate innovation at the national level.

Digital health solutions offer significant opportunities to enhance health through treatment and prevention as well as dramatically reduce costs; a Goldman Sachs report measured potential savings as $305 billion. These innovations encompass information and communication technologies such as telemedicine, genomics, mobile apps, wearable health technologies and data analytics. Retail giants such as Target and technology leaders like Google are using and exploring applications for digital health.

A study by Research and Markets estimated the size of the global digital health market as $55.3 billion in 2014 and projected a compound annual growth rate of 21.4% during 2015 to 2020. The study cited North America as the dominant geographical player in the market.

Colorado is at the center of this growing industry. According to StartUp Health, a global health innovation company, in 2015 Denver ranked seventh in the U.S. for funding digital health businesses; currently 130 operate in Colorado. In 2015 investors provided $145 million in funding to Colorado digital health companies. Prime Health aims to make Colorado the country’s top digital health and health innovation hub by 2020.

Unlike organizations focused on the creation, incubation and acceleration segments of new product development, Prime Health serves as a digital health integrator and collaborative business ecosystem.

“Prime Health creates competitive advantage for digital health companies and the ecosystem by enhancing entrepreneurial innovation and the integration of that innovation with healthcare providers,” says Jeffrey Nathanson, CEO of Prime Health. “Prime supports the full product development and implementation cycle by serving as a validator, connector, and community builder.”

Members of the Prime Health ecosystem include over 2,100 healthcare administrators, providers, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and academics. Prime Health qualifies, tests, demonstrates and validates mentored health innovations with its Value Integrator Model.

The 2016 Prime Health Innovation Summit & Expo is produced in partnership with Aetna, iTriage, Colorado Health Foundation, Ernst & Young, Kaiser Permanente and ViaWest.


About Prime Health

Prime Health was founded in 2012 by Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Innovation Pavilion and the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. It is a business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to improving healthcare delivery through digital health innovations. Prime serves as a Digital Health Integrator, accelerating the adoption and implementation of digital health technologies that enhance access to care, improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs. In addition to running the Prime Health Summit, the organization operates the annual Digital Health Challenge. The Challenge has linked 46 companies to investors and over 20 leading healthcare organizations since its inception in 2014. A stand-alone non-profit organization since 2015, Prime Health is now sponsored by the founding organizations as well as the Colorado Health Foundation, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, Ernst & Young, ViaWest, iTriage, 10.10.10, Catalyst HTI, Innosphere, Colorado Technology Association, Colorado BioScience Association and other community partners. Prime Health’s goal is to make Colorado the leading digital health and health innovation state in the U.S. To learn more about Prime and view the agenda for the 2016 Prime Health Innovation Summit & Expo, visit:


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Leslie Reed


Health Data Program Presented by Colorado Bioscience Association and Prime Health

The Health Data program held on April 27th was the second program offered jointly between Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) and Prime Health.  It brought together a unique mix of individuals from the life sciences, the healthcare industry, and more to contemplate the transformation of healthcare through data.

“The Colorado Bioscience Association is pleased to be aligned with Prime Health on driving strategy on the transformation of healthcare through data and data analytics,” said April Giles, the President of CBSA. “Our joint partnership to launch an annual health data forum proved to be highly successful. By bringing together thought leadership on critical data considerations and highlighting Colorado’s expertise and aligned leadership, we can create a national model.”

Rather than taking the traditional “sit and listen” approach, roundtable discussions were led by key opinion leaders and featured a free exchange of ideas with the audience. The discussions took on complex topics such as the definition of value-based care and the role that data plays in this, as well as the identification of problems in Colorado that the deployment of data can help solve.  Other issues addressed at the summit included where to find data sets, how to merge, combine or make sense of disparate data, and the analytic data elements that healthcare needs to improve costs and care.

Reed Smith, Senior Vice President of CoBiz Insurance, outlined a number of the challenges in the “Healthcare Revolution” during his keynote speech. He made the point that we need to think of healthcare as a revolution, where the population is rising up in revolt against current practice, instead of an evolution, where there is a gradual development of something from a simple to a more complex form. His conclusion? Changing the business practice of healthcare from earning per share (EPS) to one of net promoter score (NPS) should be the focus to ultimately drive towards the triple aim of better outcomes, lower costs and patient satisfaction.

Overall, the day was positive for bringing people together.  Those who had been asking questions in isolation found a forum for asking the same questions in a community setting.  While not actionable, it was ground-breaking as the start of a continuing Colorado dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of leveraging health data as the prime strategy for improving our system.

How Prime Health Is Enhancing Collaboration Throughout the Digital Health Ecosystem

Erica Kuhl, the Vice President of Community at Salesforce, describes the benefits of collaborative platforms like Prime Health Collaborate.

DENVER – Prime Health launched a first-of-its-kind online collaborative platform, Prime Health Collaborate, last Monday at its monthly meetup. Developed in partnership with Salesforce, the platform will give members of the Colorado digital health ecosystem a means of continuing the collaborations that characterize Prime Health’s gatherings and events.

“Last year we held a strategic planning session to talk about what Prime Health could do to support the digital health community,” explained Jeffrey Nathanson, the President and CEO of Prime Health. “What we learned was that we needed a better way to collaborate and communicate across Colorado.”

According to Nathanson, the planning session inspired Prime Health to begin exploring options for a collaborative platform that would enhance its qualification process, Prime Health Qualify, while facilitating communication between the members of its community. At last Monday’s meetup, it became clear that Prime Health had found the perfect foundation for this collaborative platform in the Salesforce Community Cloud.

“It’s amazing what putting a platform like this in place can do for collaboration,” said Erica Kuhl, the Vice President of Community at Salesforce. “This is the future. It’s peer-to-peer. This is what people want. They want to talk to each other, ask questions and get quick answers from one another.”

According to Kuhl, the Salesforce Community Cloud currently has over 2 million members, with more than 130,000 of those members active on the platform each month. Most notably, “one hundred percent” of the thousands of questions that have been asked on the platform have been answered, turning the Community Cloud into what Kuhl described as “the de facto place for people to get their questions answered.”

Prime Health will use the platform to connect local digital health startups with healthcare organizations around the country by offering the startups opportunities to network, discussion forums for sharing knowledge and vetting ideas, and a listing in the platform’s Digital Health Directory. Prime Health also has plans to use the platform to collaborate with digital health ecosystems around the country, a possibility it will explore further at its 2016 Innovation Summit on May 16th.

Throughout last Monday’s meetup, the members of Prime Health were encouraged to sign up for the platform by filling out the “Get Involved” form on the organization’s homepage. The success of the platform was directly tied to the Colorado digital health ecosystem’s level of participation.

“This will only work if you are a part of it,” explained Emanuel Seewald of upsourceIT, which has partnered with Prime Health to implement the platform. “If you actively use this platform as a tool to collaborate, you might find a partner that will help you in the future, or you might be able to sell your product because a healthcare provider found you through the platform.”


Join over 40 thought leaders from Google, HCA, Florida Hospital, and more in collaborative discussions on integrating health innovation at the 2016 Prime Health Innovation Summit. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out on one of the largest gatherings of health and innovation leaders in Colorado’s history.