The Prime Health Challenge is next week! 🚀 🎉

Prime Health CO | October 2019
Innovation. Collaboration. Transformation.

The final event of the 2019 Prime Health Challenge is less than one week away! 

We’re so excited to see this year’s Top 7 Finalists pitch their pilot proposals this coming Wednesday, October 23rd. Over the past five months, leaders and experts from all sectors of health innovation have come together as a community to vet and vote on the top digital health solutions best suited to making a sustainable impact in Colorado. In this final event, our top 7 will pitch live to an audience of hundreds as they compete for the chance to win a portion of $190,000 and a funded pilot partnership with a Colorado provider organization.

Join us for good food, good drinks, and great networking in the United West Club Level at Broncos Stadium on Wednesday 10/23 at 5:30 pm. Get inspired, and celebrate innovation, collaboration and our amazing Colorado community.

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Colorado Hospital Association: Perspectives on the Prime Health Challenge
This week in preparation for the finals of the Prime Health Challenge, we connected with leaders from the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), the leading voice of the Colorado hospital and health system community. Representing more than 100 hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improving health and health care in Colorado.CHA is a partner in the Challenge, providing judges and mentors. Steven J. Summer, President and CEO of Colorado Hospital Association, and Darlene Tad-y, MD, Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Colorado Hospital Association, answered 6 questions we had about healthcare innovation in Colorado:

What companies do you like from the Prime Health Challenge?
Steven: “Prime Health has done such a fantastic job with this year’s finalists that it’s impossible to choose just one. I think all of the finalists are noteworthy, and we look forward to helping them connect with our member hospitals and health systems across the state. Congratulations to all the finalists!”

What innovations in health care are you excited about?
Steven: “I’m most excited about innovations that improve patient safety, access to care and health care affordability. In Colorado, with what hospitals and health systems are already working on and the companies participating in the Prime Health Challenge, there are almost too many initiatives to call-out any one in particular. It is an invigorating time to be in health care, as I truly believe we are on the edge of significant change in how we deliver care, the way we pay for that care and the health outcomes we can achieve for our patients. We are on the verge of a new frontier in health care.”

What do you want to see for the future of care in Colorado?
Darlene: “I would love to see a future of care that prioritizes wellness of our communities and recognizes the impact of social determinants on health. I am eager for a future that moves us away from a system that focuses on treating illnesses to one that prevents them, and includes new ways to deliver care that activate and engage patients.”

How should people think about partnering with larger organizations?
Steven: “Partnerships in health care are more about improving care for patients through the sharing of best practices and efficiencies and less about organization size. There are clear opportunities for hospitals and other organizations to form partnerships both inside and out of the continuum of care, including those in transportation, education, government-sponsored programs and start-ups. It may be cliché, but ensuring access to a comprehensive model of care really takes a village to achieve.”

Is there a difference between technology development in rural areas and urban ones? Does that impact your work?
Steven: “I would say there’s a difference between technology adoption in rural and urban areas. Adopting new technology is much more challenging for rural hospitals given the differences in available resources, infrastructure and patient populations. Such differences require those who promote tech adoption to be understanding of and sensitive to the varying capabilities and timelines that rural hospitals and rural communities experience.”

What inspires you to work in health care?
“Darlene: As a physician, what inspires me most is the trust that patients place in me to be alongside them during the most vulnerable moments of their lives. There is something so special about being present for my patients in some of their happiest and in some of their darkest moments, whether it’s welcoming a new baby, beating cancer or learning of a difficult diagnosis. It truly is a privilege, and that direct connection with our patients and the ability to immediately make a difference in someone else’s life is what is unique and special about health care.”

2019 Prime Health Challenge Finalists

is a digital health company focused on rethinking how pregnancy care can be delivered through the use of internet of things technology to eliminate maternal death and complications. Babyscripts is based in Washington DC and currently works with more than 47 health systems in 22 states, deploying remote monitoring solutions to over 200K patients.

is a digital health company applying consumer loyalty principles and data science to transform patient behavior. Their unique communication streams, rewards and patented technology delivers unprecedented patient experience and engagement that in turn drives transformational patient behavior.

Everyday therapy for kids powered by AI.
empowers providers to break through the barriers of mental health care by sharing treatment goals to the family in real-time, driving patient engagement and tracking progress. Parents receive clear and timely communication through our mobile app, facilitating the continuum of care to support their family. Kids unlock their super powers through gamifies therapy goals and an AI powered companion to support them every step of the way.

Meru Health
is a digital clinic for greater mental health with remote clinicians (therapists & psychiatrists), biofeedback and a 12-week app-based treatment program. Meru’s program consists of continuous remote clinician support, at-home therapeutic lessons and practices (e.g. CBT & mindfulness) as well as nutritional psychiatry and sleep medicine. Meru has achieved groundbreaking clinical outcomes and published peer-reviewed evidence. Major customers include Sutter Health, Cisco and Intel.

Moving Analytics
makes Movn – a digital cardiac rehab program offered to patients after a heart attack or heart surgery. Movn is designed to tackle the $54B in preventable medical costs from lack of follow-up care after an acute coronary event. Our customers are payers and payer-providers. A few highlighted payer-provider customers include VA Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Highmark Health-Allegheny Health Network. We are active in 18 hospitals and project $1M in revenue for 2019.

is a digital health company focused on improving access to cardiac rehabilitation. We provide cardiac rehab departments with the technology and services necessary for implementing home-based cardiac rehab.

creates text message based physician chatbots that coach patients through their entire surgical episode to keep them engaged, informed, and supported. In a randomized controlled clinical trial, STREAMD has been shown to reduce opiate use, ER visits, and calls to the office while increasing patient satisfaction, mood scores, and time spent on home therapy.

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