Announcing the Finalists of the 2016 Prime Health Challenge

On Monday night, the 14 companies participating in the semi-finals round of the 2016 Prime Health Challenge pitched their products before a panel of 25 judges. Each was given six minutes to present, followed by a four-minute question-and-answer session. By the end of the evening, six companies had been chosen to continue onto the finals round of this year’s Challenge.

Two weeks before this event, the founders of the 14 companies that had been selected as Challenge semi-finalists gathered at INDUSTRY for a speed-mentoring session. Over the course of the session, each founder met with a series of domain-area experts that included physicians, clinical researchers, and product development professionals.

These mentors offered the founders insights into how to improve several key components of their presentations, such as clinical requirements, IT integration, and study design. This mentoring session was intended to give the founders everything they needed to sharpen their pitches before Monday night.

But it was also part of a larger project.

At Prime Health, our focus is to become the number one health innovation ecosystem in the United States. To attain that ranking, we are benchmarking ourselves by more than just institutional capital invested in a geographic region.

We believe that the engagement of the healthcare system in the innovation process is vitally important if new products and services are to be quickly and safely integrated into clinical practice. For that reason, we have tried to recruit as many clinicians, executives, academics, administrators, and policy-makers as possible to serve as judges and mentors in the 2016 Prime Health Challenge.

By giving the members of the healthcare system a way to direct the course of innovation within their industry, we’re connecting the startups in our ecosystem with the insights they need to develop and iterate products that providers want to adopt. More than any other metric, we believe that engagement of this kind is the most accurate indicator of a thriving, dynamic, and productive health innovation ecosystem.

The finalists we chose on Monday night were all powerful examples of why this is the case.

The Finalists

Many of the startups in this year’s Challenge are led by entrepreneurs who are bringing new technologies into the healthcare industry. Throughout the 2016 Prime Health Challenge, these entrepreneurs have received advice on how to present the positive clinical impact of their innovations to healthcare providers.

After hearing the 14 semi-finalists pitch on Monday night, the 25 members of our health innovation ecosystem who had been chosen to judge them used Prime Health Qualify, our online evaluation platform, to identify which companies possessed the clearest understanding of their product, their market, and their pilot proposal. Those companies were:

Clinical Trial Site Solutions


Matrix Analytics

Medical Simulation Corporation

Preventative Technology Solutions

Quantant Technology

As finalists of the 2016 Prime Health Challenge, these six companies will have the opportunity to prepare for a “speed-dating” event on September 29th. At this event, the founders of each company will meet with representatives from major healthcare institutions who are interested in learning more about their products.

On October 19th, the finalists will compete on stage at the EXDO Event Center in Denver, Colorado. Before an audience of hundreds, they will try to convince the representatives who they met at the speed-dating event to pilot their products. The top performing companies at the event will win a share of the $150,000 in pilot funding that has been provided for the Challenge by the Colorado Health Foundation.

From the beginning of this year’s Challenge, our intention has been to accelerate the adoption of highly effective innovations within the healthcare industry. After comprehensive analysis and lengthy deliberation, our judges have chosen these six finalists as the companies best qualified to fulfill our ecosystem’s mission, the enhancement of the healthcare delivery system through innovation.

How well an ecosystem accomplishes this is the only metric that should matter.

Jeffrey Nathanson
President & CEO
Prime Health

How We Chose the Semi-Finalists of the 2016 Prime Health Challenge

Last week, something remarkable occurred. On the evening of Tuesday, August 23rd, 47 members of our health innovation ecosystem, including physicians, entrepreneurs, technologists, executives, administrators, and investors, gathered at INDUSTRY to judge the applicants of the 2016 Prime Health Challenge. It was the single largest gathering of judges in the Challenge’s three-year history.

Now, let me be clear. We did not hire these judges. They were volunteers. And while they came from different parts of the ecosystem – with some representing the payer organizations, and others representing the healthcare providers, and still others representing the innovation community – they had all agreed to be judges in this year’s Challenge for the same reason.

They understand that our healthcare system is in dire straits. They recognize that something needs to be done. And they believe that the process we’ve developed for evaluating health-tech startups can ensure that necessary innovations are integrated into the healthcare system sooner rather than later.

Before gathering on Tuesday, the judges spent a week evaluating the startups that had applied for the Challenge. We tasked each judge with the assessment of up to five companies, which we matched them to according to their areas of expertise. With the help of our online evaluation platform, Prime Health Qualify, the judges analyzed their startups according to several key metrics, including industry attractiveness, technology validation, and potential market size.

By Tuesday, the judges had all reached their own conclusions about the readiness of the startups to be integrated into the healthcare system. They had entered their evaluations into Prime Health Qualify, which had aggregated them, generating a composite score for each company. Importantly, the Prime Health Qualify platform had also identified areas of disagreement between the judges.

Those areas of disagreement became the focus of our discussion on Tuesday.

Objective, Repeatable, Scalable

We’ve known for years now that the digital transformation of the healthcare industry is going to be a slow process. Prime Health Qualify is an attempt to accelerate that process.

By enlisting the members of our health innovation ecosystem in the evaluation of new technologies, we’re developing as comprehensive an assessment as possible. By using our platform to then aggregate those evaluations, we’re trying to reach a level of accuracy and objectivity that an individual judge wouldn’t be able to achieve on their own.

And by giving our judges a chance to discuss areas where their assessments diverged, we’re ensuring that nothing is overlooked in our evaluations.

This last point is critical. Every insight our judges can bring to the evaluation of these companies matters, because what we’re doing has never been done before. Prime Health Qualify represents something entirely new to health innovation: a standardized, repeatable, and scalable means of evaluating new digital health technologies.

After two hours of discussion on Tuesday, we completed our first round of evaluations for the 2016 Prime Health Challenge. Of the more than forty companies that had applied, fifteen were chosen to advance to the semi-finals round. Those companies were:

Bear Systems
Doctor Speak
Lung Direct
Medical Simulation Corporation
Nymbl Science
Orderly Health
Preventative Technology Solutions
Quantant Technology
Sleep Shepherd
Symbia Allergy
TOMR2 Development

Though all of those who applied for the 2016 Prime Health Challenge will be able to use their evaluations to improve their presentations, this year’s semi-finalists will enjoy the added advantage of doing so within the Prime Health Qualify process.

They will be matched with mentors who will help them sharpen their pitches, demonstrate clinical efficacy, and refine their understanding of the healthcare market. Those who reach the finals round of the Prime Health Challenge will be able to meet with healthcare providers and payers interested in piloting their solutions. And they will have the chance to pitch their innovations to those providers and payers in front of an audience of hundreds on October 19th.

Most importantly, they will join the ranks of those companies that have already been evaluated using Prime Health Qualify. In the past two years, the companies we’ve assessed have collectively raised $34 million. We expect the startups in this year’s Challenge to experience the same benefits.

And it all begins with our judges.

Jeffrey Nathanson
President & CEO
Prime Health

Judge Applicant Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:

Applicants must have experience in one or many of the following areas of healthcare:

  • Digital Health
  • Health Tech
  • Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • Payers
  • Providers
  • Safety Net Institutions
  • Startups
  • Capital Investment
  • Health Innovation


Time Commitment:

Total commitment: 13-14 hours over 2 months (additional time if provide mentoring, which is optional)

Dates  //  Activity  //  Time Commitment

8/12  //  Judge on-boarding meeting  //  30 minutes (phone call)

8/12 – 8/21  //  Complete company evaluations (6 – 8)  //  2 – 3 hours (independent)

8/23  //   Semifinalist selection meeting  //  2 hours

8/31  //  Speed mentoring  //  2 hours

9/20  //  Mock-pitch/judging; select finalists  //  3 hours

10/19  //  Prime Health Challenge Finale  //  3 hours


Judge Tasks:

  • Complete a brief online profile
  • Read and evaluate executive summaries and application details for up to 5 companies
  • Choose 2 of those companies to provide detailed recommendations
  • Optional – provide mentorship via ad hoc meetings with those 2 companies


Benefits of Being a Judge

  • Networking with major healthcare organizations
  • Giving back as a mentor
  • Visibility into leading edge technologies


Evaluation Processes

Prime Health has partnered with ValidEval to bring their proven, evidence-based evaluation system to healthcare pilot pitches. The tool is accessible with any Internet connectivity; no additional software/applications required.


Overall Challenge Process

  1. Health innovators submit online applications
  2. Potential Judges complete an online profile
  3. ValidEval matches Judges with companies based on the expertise identified in the profile
  4. Judges have 10 days to complete the evaluations – total time required in those 10 days is 3-4 hours
  5. Semi-finalists receive mentoring as they prepare for their pitch
  6. A mock pitch event is used to select the finalist
  7. The finalists pitch at the Challenge on the 19th

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

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:


Media / press pass contact:

Leslie Reed


2016 Prime Health Innovation Summit & Expo – May 16 & 17 AGENDA

Integrating Health Innovation: Connecting the Dots & Building Best Practices

May 16 – 17, 2016 // 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. // Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

Over 50 national health innovation thought leaders ready to discuss with attendees the greatest health innovation needs and best practices in integrating innovation into care models, patient satisfaction/engagement, enhancing value and interoperability. Tickets at Eventbrite

Monday, May 16th, Open Summit 

7:00 – 7:55 a.m. Registration & Networking

8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome and Remarks: Jeffrey Nathanson, CEO, Prime Health

FORMAT: Every session is a discussion with an audience in the round outside the main table for further discussion

8:15 – 10:00 a.m. Morning Keynote/Roundtable Discussion – Introduction by Jake Rishavy, Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DSEDP

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Keynote: Uri Neren, CEO, Innovators International

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Roundtable: The Market pain, our greatest needs for innovation

Moderator: Kay Cowling, Cowling Advisory Services

  • Amy Latham, Vice President of Philanthropy, Colorado Health Foundation
  • Ashley Simmons, Director of Innovation Development, Florida Hospital
  • Joe Sammen, Executive Director, Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved
  • Katie Richardson, MD, Director of Physician Experience, Colorado Permanente Medical Group
  • Matt Guy, Executive Director, Pueblo Triple Aim Coalition
  • Matt Hinchey, Founder, Mercer Health Innovation LABS, Mercer

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break & Health Innovation Expo (day-long Expo)

10:30 a.m. – Noon Breakout Roundtables / Morning Tracks (4)

1) Building Care Models with Digital Health

  • Adam Brickman, Director Strategic Communications & Public Policy, Omada Health
  • Chris Khoury, Vice President, Environmental Analytics, American Medical Association
  • Jane Chiang, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, American Diabetes Association
  • Jayla Sanchez, Director, Area Agency on Aging
  • Matt Sopcich, President & Co-Founder, myStrength, Inc.
  • Richard Zane, Executive Director, Emergency Services, UC Denver

2) Patient Satisfaction/Engagement

Moderator: Margaret McGuckin, Principal, M. McGuckin Group

  • Brian Garcia, Senior Vice President, CPO/CTO, Welltok
  • Kevin Riddleberger, Chief Strategy Officer, Dispatch Health
  • Michael Dermer, President and CEO, The Dermer Group
  • Patrick Spear, CEO, Global Market Development Center
  • Tony Gorski, CEO, MyRounding
  • Yaniv Kanfi, President, iTriage/WellMatch

3) Quality=Value=Outcomes/cost

Moderator: Jim Greiner, Business Advisor, Consultant

  • Dick Thompson, Executive Director & CEO, Quality Health Network
  • Jay Want, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CIVHC
  • Joe Piper, Managing Director, Point B Capital
  • Kurt Brenkus, Founder and CEO, Aver Informatics
  • Tracey Campbell, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, CIVHC

4) Interoperability

Moderator: Sumanth Channabasappa, Co-Founder & CTO, eyeBot, LLC

  • Carm Huntress, CEO, RxRevu
  • David Kibbe, President and CEO, Direct Trust
  • Ed Cantwell, Executive Director, Center for Medical Interoperability
  • Frank Ricotta, Managing Partner, BurstIQ
  • Heidi Dohse, Google
  • Sean Kennedy, Healthcare & Life Sciences Solution Architect, Salesforce Health Cloud
  • Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) (tentative)

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker – Innovating and Integrating Health

  • Gary Loveman, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Consumer Health & Services, Aetna, and President, Healthagen/Aetna Consumer Services
  • Christi Zuber, Founder, Innovation Consultancy, Kaiser Permanente

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Networking Break & Health Innovation Expo

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Roundtables / Afternoon Tracks (continuation of morning sessions)

1) Building Care Models with Digital Health

  • Fiji Goss, MD, CU Anschutz Medical Center
  • Jody Holtzman, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Strategy and Innovation, AARP
  • Peter Kung, System Vice President, Virtual Health, SCL Health
  • Steve Adams, CEO, Leo Technologies
  • Vic Ahmed, Co-Founder & Chairman, Kidz Fit Tech, Innovation Pavilion

2) Patient Satisfaction
3) Quality
4) Interoperability

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break & Health Innovation Expo

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Roundtable – Healthcare Innovation

Moderator: Mike Biselli, President, Catalyst HTI

  • Derek Baird, Vice President, Growth, AVIA
  • Halee Fischer-Wright, MD, President and CEO, MGMA
  • Joe Sowell, Senior Vice President & Chief Development Officer, HCA
  • Peter Kung, System Vice President, Virtual Health, SCL Health
  • Renae Pemberton, ACO Program Director, Centura

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Welcome/Networking Reception


Tuesday, May 17th, Invitation Only: Speed Dating & Executive Roundtables

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration & Networking

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Remarks

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote

9:30 – 12:00 p.m. Presentations/ Roundtable Discussions

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Executive Roundtable Discussions – Building Innovation Ecosystems

  • Katya Hancock, Director of Strategic Partnerships, StartUp Health (New York, NY)
  • Mike Biselli, President, Catalyst HTI, (Denver, CO)
  • Mike Freeman, CEO, Innosphere (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Tom Base, Managing Director, Boomtown (Boulder, CO)
  • Tom Higley, CEO, 10.10.10 (Denver, CO)
  • Toma Bedolla, Co-Founder & CEO, House of Genius (Denver, CO)
  • Steve Collens, CEO, MATTER (Chicago, IL)
  • Vic Ahmed, Co-Founder & Chairman, Innovation Pavillion (Centennial, CO)

Speed Dating Schedule

Qualified, vetted and curated digital health companies from participating ecosystems and purchasers from healthcare organizations will gather for 15 minute speed dating segments to meet, greet and get to know one another for potential future discussions.

8:30 – 10:05 a.m. Speed Dating Sessions

10:05 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 12:05 p.m. Speed Dating Sessions

12:05 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Speed Dating Sessions

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. VIP Reception


In partnership with Aetna, iTriage, Colorado Health Foundation, Ernst & Young, Kaiser Permanente, ViaWest

Aneesh Chopra on Using FHIR to Become the Nation’s Top Digital Health Ecosystem – By John Michael Oró

Former United States CTO Aneesh Chopra recently spoke with members of the Colorado digital health ecosystem about FHIR.

Last Thursday Aneesh Chopra, the former CTO of the United States and current CEO of Hunch Analytics, spoke with members of Prime Health about how Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) could help make Colorado the number one digital health cluster in the nation. The discussion was held at the Anschutz Medical Campus and featured representatives from CORHIO, Kaiser Permanente, and Centura Health.

“If the Colorado digital health ecosystem were integrated through FHIR,” Prime Health’s CEO Jeffrey Nathanson said during his opening remarks, “it could become the nation’s top digital health ecosystem by allowing for the interconnection of the different electronic medical records present in the state.”

The event was co-hosted by RxRevu, a Colorado digital health company that had been among the first to adopt the FHIR standard. Led by Mr. Chopra, most of the discussion attempted to answer the question, “How can adoption of the FHIR standard enhance the collaboration and innovation that’s occurring in Colorado?”

According to Mr. Chopra, FHIR offered healthcare providers “the necessary data structure for population health,” which – when matched with a management culture that respected startups and a research and development budget that enabled clinical staff to pursue innovative ideas – would allow providers to play a leading role in the current digital transformation of healthcare.

“This is a very important year to get as many of the building blocks in place as possible,” he explained.

FHIR, a set of data standards created by HL7 to streamline the exchange of electronic healthcare information, presented providers with an opportunity to use “APIs to build bridges across systems and improve patient access to their records,” which would in turn empower consumers to play a more active role in their healthcare.

“The best path to interoperability is an app in the patient’s hands,” Mr. Chopra told the members of Prime Health. “I should be able to connect a designated application with my medical record with the same ease with which I connect my Apple TV with my Netflix account.”

Carm Huntress, the CEO of RxRevu, elaborated on Mr. Chopra’s comments by discussing Clinical Decision Support Hooks, or CDS Hooks, which allowed third-party applications like RxRevu to integrate with EHRs. According to Huntress, interoperability measures like FHIR and CDS Hooks would play a crucial role in the shift to value-based care.

“If you want to create a value-based healthcare system, this can’t happen unless you make the transition to interoperability,” he explained. “If we’re all living in our own little data siloes, nothing is going to change.”

The second half of the event featured an open discussion between members of the audience and Mr. Chopra. The Former United States CTO fielded questions about FHIR and encouraged his audience to join the Argonaut Project, a collaborative endeavor between EHR vendors and healthcare providers intended to refine the FHIR standard.

According to Mr. Chopra, the willingness to collaborate of the Colorado digital health ecosystem positioned it to become a national leader in interoperability. But whether Colorado actually assumed that leadership role depended in large part on the members of its ecosystem embracing FHIR.

“Consider whether you want to be the community that sits this one out,” he told the audience in closing, “or the community that engages.”

Prime Health Joins Catalyst HTI


HIMSS BREAKING NEWS: Prime Health Joins Catalyst HTI. Tweet this #HIMSS16 #digitalhealth

DENVER, CO – Prime Health, Colorado’s digital health ecosystem, announced today its intention to move its headquarters into the upcoming healthcare innovation hub Catalyst HTI when the building opens in early 2018. Prime Health’s digital health ecosystem has spawned a wellspring of activity in health innovation and was part of the impetus for the Catalyst innovation hub. With this announcement, Prime Health joins other healthcare organizations that have also decided to join the ecosystem and reserve spaces in Catalyst HTI, among them the Boomtown Health-Tech Accelerator and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

When completed, Catalyst HTI will cover an entire city block in Denver’s trendy River North District and contain the offices of Fortune 20 healthcare corporations, the members of which will work alongside employees from the fifty-plus digital health startups that will also call the building home. As the organization primarily responsible for bringing together Colorado’s thriving healthcare innovation scene, Prime Health will play a unique role within Catalyst HTI, fostering a sense of community among the individuals and companies located within the building through its events and soon-to-be-released online collaboration platform.

The potential of digital health technology to fundamentally transform how healthcare is delivered around the world has been apparent for some time now, but the highly complex, heavily regulated US healthcare system has made large-scale innovation difficult to achieve for many startups. Since its founding in 2012, Prime Health has been dedicated to bringing together clinicians, entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and policy makers to accelerate the adoption of innovations that possess the ability to improve the health of patients while enhancing the quality of care they receive and lowering the cost of that care.

“Prime Health will be essential to helping digital health startups grow and gain traction inside the very difficult landscape that is the healthcare industry,” said Mike Biselli, the President of Catalyst HTI and a board member of Prime Health. “Catalyst HTI is honored to have such an incredibly important organization as a member of our community.”

For its part, Prime Health sees its decision to join Catalyst HTI as a strategic move that reflects the rapid maturation of digital health technology, which applies information and communications technologies — telemedicine, mobile apps, wearable tech, genomics, business intelligence, data analytics, among others — to enhance healthcare.

“We believe this is a key next step in the building of our ecosystem, bringing together all of the major components of the care continuum in one place,” Jeffrey Nathanson, the President and CEO of Prime Health, admitted while explaining his organization’s decision to join Catalyst HTI. “We think that having a physical location concentrating innovation will enhance the development of this ecosystem and improve our outreach to other ecosystems.”

The agreement to move its offices into Catalyst HTI comes soon after Prime Health’s decision to begin collaborating with digital health ecosystems around the nation. These regional ecosystems – which are innovation clusters composed of digital health startups, established healthcare companies, and healthcare providers of all kinds – have been the main drivers of healthcare innovation up to now. But a growing trend of regional clusters working together is appearing, and Prime Health, with its upcoming online collaboration platform, is positioning itself to become the driving force connecting these ecosystems together.

“We think of Prime Health as the digital health ecosystem software to the hardware of Catalyst HTI’s health tech campus,” said Nathanson. “We’re currently attempting to connect ecosystems at a national level so that healthcare payors, providers, and consumers can more quickly gain access to qualified, vetted and curated new innovations to deliver easy to access, quality healthcare at a lower cost.”

Prime Health’s announcement that it will be a tenant of Catalyst HTI suggests that it views the massive digital health hub as an excellent base from which to convene the regional digital health ecosystem while simultaneously reaching out to ecosystems far beyond the borders of Colorado.

About Prime Health

Prime Health is a business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and academics acting as an integrator of qualified and tested health innovation to enhance healthcare. Our mission is to make Colorado the healthiest state in the U.S. and the leading health innovation hub. (Learn more here.)

About Catalyst HTI

Located in Denver, Colorado’s River North District (RiNo), Catalyst HTI is bringing together private enterprise (startups to Fortune 20), government, academic and non-profit organizations with healthcare providers and payors to accelerate innovation and drive real, lasting change. (Learn more here.)

Contact Information:
Leslie Reed, Prime Health: (347) 277-7336;
Mike Biselli, Catalyst HTI: (303) 638-5348;

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