DENVER, Colo. — Prime Health, the nation’s leading health technology ecosystem, announced a transition in leadership today. On January 15, 2019, Nicole McNew will step down from her position as the organization’s executive director. While Prime Health’s board of directors interviews candidates for the position, Rachel Dixon, an experienced digital health strategist and program development veteran, will serve as interim director.
“Prime Health has built an amazing community of health innovators that continues to grow,” McNew said. “With Catalyst HTI opening and startups like Sopris Health raising millions, 2018 was a big year for our community.”
“Under Rachel’s guidance, I’m confident that 2019 will be an even bigger year for Colorado’s digital health ecosystem.”
Rachel Dixon (left) and Nicole McNew at Catalyst HTI’s recent holiday party.
During her time as executive director, McNew oversaw the growth of Prime Health in several key areas. She strengthened ties with Colorado’s Office of eHealth Innovation(OeHI) and worked to align Prime Health’s ecosystem with the goals of Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap. She convened healthcare payers, providers, and innovators from across the state at the 2018 Prime Health Innovation Summit. During the 2018 Prime Health Challenge, McNew worked closely with startups to ensure their innovations met the needs of Colorado’s safety net population.
“We are excited to announce that Rachel Dixon will be assuming Nicole’s responsibilities as executive director,” said Brent Bowman, chairman of Prime Health’s board of directors. “Prime Health as an organization is on a major growth inflection point. Rachel’s track record in program development and management in the digital health and safety net spaces will prove invaluable to our community.”
Dixon has collaborated with numerous healthcare organizations, providers, and entrepreneurs throughout Colorado. In her work, she has led adoption of innovations that improve access to care for the state’s most vulnerable patients. Dixon has been involved in Prime Health for the last three years as a member of its Safety Net Advisory Board. She has also participated in the Prime Health Challenge as a judge and mentor.
“Before moving to Colorado, Rachel worked as a national growth consultant for non-profit organizations,” said Mike Biselli, a Prime Health board member and the president of Catalyst HTI. “Over the last three years, she has helped Prime Health in this capacity, and has played an important role in the success of our ecosystem.”
“We are confident in the continued success of Prime Health under Rachel’s leadership. Personally, I’m excited to see where her vision and expertise take our community.”
Dixon will be leading Prime Health into a time of expanding opportunities. At the state level, the organization is exploring new ways of engaging with providers in rural communities. At the national level, Prime Health is considering how best to scale its model. Dixon will be rolling out a number of new initiatives for Prime designed to further drive impact in the safety net space and align entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology to healthcare challenges, needs, and goals.
“The needs of patients and providers in Colorado are constantly evolving,” Dixon said. “If innovation is going to be meaningful and impactful, we all need to be working together to align the most important challenges to the best solutions.”
“Whether you’re transforming maternal care or mental health, your innovation won’t have an impact unless it reflects the realities of healthcare today.”
Upon stepping down as executive director, McNew plans to move abroad. “To transform healthcare in the United States, it’s important to understand how other countries have structured their health systems,” she said. “But it’s hard to understand those approaches without living abroad and experiencing them for yourself.”
A farewell party will be held for McNew at Catalyst HTI on January 8, 2019. Attendees of the event will also have the opportunity to speak with Dixon about her plans for Prime Health. Rachel will also be speaking about some new initiatives Prime is launching and its vision for the future at the January 24th meetup, hosted at Catalyst.
“Nicole has done a great service to Prime Health as executive director,” said Bowman. “Now she’s starting an exciting chapter in her life, and we couldn’t be happier for her.”
“We hope you’ll join us on January 8 to thank her for everything she’s done for our community.”
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Feb. 22, 2018 – Denver, Colo. – In service to its primary goal to make Colorado the healthiest state and the leading health innovation center in the U.S., Prime Health will build on the strong momentum related to its core programming including the annual Prime Health Innovation Summit, Prime Health Challenge, and other activities to support its growing ecosystem of health tech collaborators. Further, Prime Health has halted activities related to the build-out of the Prime Health Collaborate technology platform and an affiliated for-profit entity. Instead, while refocusing on core programming, the organization will enhance its already strong emphasis on integrating digital health technologies into the state’s safety net institutions and the underserved communities they support.
As part of this transition, Steve Adams will be stepping down as CEO effective immediately and will continue as a member of the Prime Health Board of Directors in support of the organization in that capacity.
“Anyone who knows me understands that I am, at heart, a technology startup guy with a deep passion for both healthcare innovation and for the entrepreneurial community that drives it,” said Adams. “While the Collaborate platform and a for-profit iteration of Prime Health may no longer be in the organization’s future, I’m as dedicated as ever to enhancing a non-profit Prime Health deliver on its core values to the community across Colorado.”
Day-to-day management of Prime Health operations will continue under the leadership of existing Executive Director, Nicole McNew, and Alison Gellman, who has been promoted to Managing Director, Special Projects. Simultaneously, founding Board Chairman Mike Fitzgerald will step down from his role and will remain on the organization’s Board of Directors.
“It has been an honor to serve Prime Health for many years now,” said Fitzgerald. “Over that time the organization has gone through numerous evolutions and each has led to exciting new opportunities, both for the organization itself and the community it serves. Today’s changes are part of the continuous commitment to achieving the Triple Aim – improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing health care cost. I look forward to continuing on as a board member in support of these exciting endeavors.”
Effective immediately, Brent Bowman, Vice President, Strategy and Patient Experience for Kaiser Permanente Colorado will become Prime Health’s new Board Chairman.
“It is with great excitement that I assume this new position and I thank both Steve and Mike for their leadership in their respective capacities,” said Bowman. “We are thrilled to have both continuing on as members of the Board. I look forward to leading the board as it takes a more active role in leading the organization through this transition, through our Prime Health Innovation Summit on May 10th and into an exciting and sustainable future.”
In coming months, Prime Health will announce more new board members to better represent the changing face of the digital health innovation ecosystem in Colorado.
About Prime Health
Founded in 2012 by Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Innovation Pavilion and the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Prime Health is a business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs, and investors dedicated to improving healthcare delivery through digital health innovations. Prime accelerates the adoption and implementation of digital health technologies that enhance access to care, improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs.
The organization operates an annual Innovation Summit—this year held on May 10th at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, near downtown Denver—bringing together hundreds of thought leaders from across the U.S. to explore the latest in digital health innovations. Additionally, Prime Health runs a three-month Digital Health Challenge program each summer for companies seeking to pilot new health technologies. The Challenge has linked 46 companies to investors and over 20 leading healthcare organizations since its inception in 2014. Participating companies have gone on to raise more than $50MM in private venture capital and have created countless jobs for Coloradans.
A stand-alone non-profit organization since 2015, Prime Health is now supported by the founding organizations as well as the Colorado Health Foundation, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, PeakMed, ViaWest, Catalyst HTI, Innosphere, Colorado Technology Association, Colorado BioScience Association and many other community partners.
About Brent Bowman, Board Chairman
Brent Bowman is Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Vice President of Strategy and Patient Experience. He has been a member of the Prime Health board for the past year. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2004, Brent was a Managing Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Business Consulting Services in the Global Customer Relationship Management practice.
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2017 Prime Health Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced
DENVER, COLORADO (Aug. 7, 2017) – After an in-depth review by over thirty business and healthcare leaders, Prime Health, the country’s leading health innovation ecosystem, is excited to announce that twelve companies have been selected to move forward in the largest funded pitch competition of its kind in the nation, The Prime Health Challenge.
The Annual Challenge and evaluation process is helping to develop standards and best practices in identifying and integrating health innovations into the healthcare system – something that does not currently exist. With support from the Colorado Health Foundation, the community is in a unique position to improve healthcare not only in Colorado but across the country.
The 3-month process of mentorship will culminate in a live, shark-tank style event where finalists will get a chance to pitch their products in front of an audience of healthcare leaders and potential customers on October 19th at the Exdo Event Center in RiNo Denver. Winners will be rewarded with a share of the $150,000 prize and the opportunity to pilot their solutions with Colorado’s leading healthcare systems, payors, and provider networks.
As Christine Spraker, President of Matrix Analytics, a past Challenge winner, said, “Every startup must be able to communicate expectation of results and it’s differentiated solution to solving a problem. The mentorship provided by the host institutions allowed us to target our message and become laser focused. Winning $50,000 was excellent, but even more important is what we gained in insight, perfecting our pitch, and the pilot opportunity, which we’ve successfully executed with our SCL Health partners.”
“Every year, the need for health care innovation challenges all who are a part of that process, particularly the entrepreneurs and startup companies that work feverishly to gain access to various healthcare systems,” explained AJ Cohen, Healthcare Innovation Strategist and Faculty at the University of Denver Center for Professional Development. “Prime Health and its collaborative partners are one of the few groups in the nation rising as one, to address this challenge. Facilitating the dialogue and the process to achieve both clinical pilots and broaden the innovation consciousness. I am exhilarated and fulfilled to help judge and mentor this amazing group of companies.”
This year’s semi-finalists come from all over the country and represent the diversity of opportunity for individuals looking to disrupt the healthcare industry.
AI Health, LLC
AI Health created GettingHome™, a post-acute care logistics platform that offers the needed marketing, patient bidding and placement and best practices compliance tools. Discharging entities and their patients can now easily plan out each step of the PAC journey by selecting from independent agencies that meet the consortium requirements. We turn what is currently a messy and inconsistent delivery model into a journey with the best possible results.
Beneath the Ink
Beneath the Ink has created Pagedip Editor, a cloud based authoring environment clients use to create interactive digital documentation (called “Pagedips”) that support the measurement of reader engagement AND improve engagement in a measurable way. The result is over 90% engagement with interactive elements, increased call-to-action, and knowledge retention.
Cliexa platforms enable patients to track their chronic disease activity with scientifically-proven and clinically-validated scoring models, and assists clinicians in making more informed decisions about treatment plans, and enables providers to respond more quickly to new data so their patients will have fewer complications or side effects.
Hippo Health is a new approach to expert, local, on-demand healthcare. The company offers direct access for patients to a local, board certified ED physician.
Life365 is bringing the efficacy of Mobile Health together with the flexibility of SaaS Platforms to integrate and scale effective Digital Solutions to more people.
Listen.MD is focused on relieving providers of the burdensome tasks associated with data entry. The company has created an intelligent Digital Scribe™ that allows providers to focus on personal interactions with patients.
Nymbl has developed a comprehensive system for measuring, tracking and, most importantly, improving balance. The company offers a range of balance tools for health providers, including fall risk assessments, digital balance evaluations and balance training interventions that can be used in a clinical setting or at home.
Redox provides health systems with a platform that acts as a single access point for all cloud-based applications, providing access controls and monitoring while eliminating integrations. Through this, the company hopes to empowers innovation and ease the burden of EHR interoperability.
Ride Health’s mission is to improve access to care for vulnerable patients and help providers and insurers who manage population health. By providing a solution to assist healthcare providers in coordinating transportation for patients who face barriers to care have expanded options thanks to a new government rule that was introduced just a few months ago.
Spinal Surgical Strategies, LLC
Spinal Surgical Strategies allows spinal surgeons to have consistently excellent results by providing techniques and tools that solve problems. Their medical device allows the application of autograft and/or bone graft substitute smoothly and efficiently, cutting the time to fill the prepared disk space to several minutes or less.
VisibleHand has created Foresight, a behavioral health delivery and tracking tool aimed at assisting care givers in psychiatric and long-term care settings.
Yosi’s cloud-based patient engagement and communication platform lets patients complete registration and check-in for their appointment via email or text on a mobile web-app before they go to the doctor’s office. Removing paper-based registration process not only improves patient access and satisfaction but also streamlines a paper-based provider workflow.
Steve Adams, CEO of Prime Health said, “I have been founder and CEO of several digital health companies,” says Adams, “and can tell you from experience that there is huge value for early-stage companies to have access to customers with a desire to pilot these solutions.”
About Prime Health
Prime Health is a business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to enhancing health and healthcare delivery through technology innovation. Through its suite of products and services, Prime Health serves as an innovation integrator, accelerating the adoption and implementation of health technologies that reduce costs and improve outcomes. To learn more, visit: www.primehealthco.com.
About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy and advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit www.coloradohealth.org.
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Prime Health Announces Steve Adams as Interim CEO
Adams, a successful health care entrepreneur and long-time Prime Health board member, will assume executive operations on April 15th
DENVER, Colo. (April 10, 2017) – Prime Health, a business ecosystem of healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs dedicated to making Colorado the leading health innovation hub in the nation, announced today the appointment of Steve Adams as Interim CEO.
A well-known Colorado-based healthcare entrepreneur and community leader, Adams will assume the leadership role April 15th and guide the organization through the upcoming Prime Health Innovation Summit on May 4th and for the foreseeable future.
“Health innovation is at a critical inflection point across the country and here in Colorado and we could not be more pleased to have a proven innovator and leader at the helm of our organization at this exciting time,” said Mike Fitzgerald, Chairman of the Prime Health board of directors. “Steve’s dedication to collaboration and community, knowledge of the ecosystem and of our organization—as well as his deep experience in commercializing healthcare innovations—will all allow him to provide tremendous value to the companies in our community.”
When previous Prime Health CEO Jeffrey Nathanson announced his resignation in February, Fitzgerald formed a board sub-committee to manage the transition and seek new leadership. In the end, the organization needed to look no further than its own board for the strong, seasoned leadership it sought to find.
Adams is a serial entrepreneur and has been founder and chief executive of five companies over the course of decades. He founded Webb Interactive Services and served as CEO and Chairman from 1993 until 2000 and took the company public with a successful IPO in 1996. While at Webb, he was instrumental in developing MDGateway, an online system for continuing medical education for physicians as well as other innovative online healthcare solutions for health plans, hospital organizations and pharmaceutical manufacturers.
In 2000, Adams founded ReachMyDoctor and RMD Networks, which provides Collaborative Care Solutions™ that enhance healthcare communications and coordination of care among multiple providers and patients with complex health issues. RMD Networks was acquired by Alere in early 2010.
In 2012, Adams left Alere to pursue new opportunities in early stage digital health companies through Covalency, a firm that provides management services for early stage companies. He has also served as a State Commissioner of Colorado’s Information Management Commission, on the boards of technology companies and volunteer organizations, and has participated in a number of national health initiatives and organizations.
Adams added: “My main motivation for working in healthcare has always been driven by a passion to develop a more collaborative model where key healthcare stakeholders work together to improve care and reduce costs. I don’t think I could find a more active and innovative environment to do this work than with Prime Health. I am very excited and pleased to engage in this position of trust in the broader community.”
Adams will make public comments at the Prime Health Innovation Summit on May 4th, which will be hosted in partnership with the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation (OeHI) and will aim to develop a Statewide Strategic Action Plan to support health innovation across the state.
The event will convene hundreds of healthcare policy makers, health delivery systems, payers, providers, entrepreneurs and investors. Attendees will participate in facilitated breakout discussions resulting in an assessment of the state’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in the areas of Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder and Integration, Chronic Disease Management, Social Determinants of Health, Transition from Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Care, and Information and Sharing – Breaking Down Silos.
Registration for the event is open to the public at http://bit.ly/2017PHSummit
About Prime Health
Founded in 2012 by Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Innovation Pavilion and the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Prime Health is a business ecosystem of healthcare executives, 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. A stand-alone non-profit organization since 2015, Prime Health is supported by its founding organizations as well as The Colorado Health Foundation, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, EY, ViaWest, iTriage, 10.10.10, Catalyst HTI, Innosphere, Colorado Technology Association, Colorado BioScience Association and other community partners.
Prime Health’s goal is to help Colorado become the leading health innovation state in the U.S. by 2020.
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Prime Health Announces Leadership Transition
CEO Jeffrey Nathanson steps down to pursue leadership role with partner organization 10.10.10, will remain as key advisor during transition.
DENVER, Colo. (Feb. 17, 2017) – After a remarkable three-year run that saw Prime Health evolve from an informal community defined by meetups and events to a stand-alone federally designated and state-wide non-profit organization representing one of the leading health innovation clusters in the country, CEO Jeffrey Nathanson today announced his resignation to pursue a leadership role at partner organization 10.10.10.
“For the past three years,” I have been part of the leadership of both Prime Health and 10.10.10, the impact venture generator. Both organizations have grown to now need full time engagement. said Nathanson. “These are two more-than-full-time positions. I have come to realize my limits.
As Prime Health has grown as an health innovation integrator and facilitator of pilot testing of products, it requires great time and focus,” he added, “I believe it is in the best interest of both organizations and for me personally that I make the difficult decision to focus my efforts in one direction. After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to focus on growing 10.10.10.”
Nathanson will leave an outstanding legacy from his time leading Prime Health. Among the many accomplishments during his tenure, Prime Health:
· Initiated with Colorado’s Office of eHealth and Innovation the development of a Colorado Statewide Health Innovation Strategic Plan.
· Raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to convene and support the Colorado health innovation and technology ecosystem, creating community infrastructure and events.
· Designed and executed three Prime Health Challenge events, which resulted in 15 pilots funded at more than $430,000 with the support of the Colorado Health Foundation and in partnership with nearly every major health care delivery systems, payers and providers in the region.
· Designed and launched Prime Health Qualify, a rigorous vetting and mentoring process through which the organization has evaluated over 100 companies. Those companies in turn went on to raise $40 million in investments.
· Designed and launched Prime Health Collaborate, an innovative online collaboration platform and marketplace for health tech innovations.
· Received federal designation as a 501c3 non-profit organization, turning an informal community into a formal organization.
“Jeffrey’s contributions to Prime Health have been enormous,” says Mike Fitzgerald, Prime Health’s Chairman of the Board and President and CEO of Denver South Economic Development Partnership, one of the founding organizations of Prime Health. “It is accurate to say that without his tremendous work; Prime Health would likely not exist today. We are eager to celebrate his many accomplishments and his personal dedication to the Prime Health cause.
Fitzgerald went on to say, “While Jeffrey will be very difficult to replace at Prime Health, we look forward to continuing to work closely with him at our sister organization, 10.10.10. Further, we’re elated that he has agreed to stay on as an advisor to the Board of Directors through the end of May to help us with the transition process.”
Effective immediately, the Prime Health Board of Directors has initiated the process of finding an interim CEO with the goal of having that position filled as soon as practical. In parallel, the board will evaluate if other or additional services should be developed and if greater alignment with other healthcare support organizations might enhance Prime’s role in the ecosystem. Through the process, the Board will determine the best viable long-term plan for Prime Health by either hiring a permanent leader or determining a better long term management solution by May 1st allowing Nathanson and the organization’s CEO to work together throughout May.
A public event will celebrate Nathanson’s substantial legacy and many accomplishments. Details will be forthcoming.
About Prime Health
Founded in 2012 by Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Innovation Pavilion and the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, Prime Health 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. A stand-alone non-profit organization since 2015, Prime Health is supported by its 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 create the leading health innovation state in the U.S. by 2020.
2016 was a momentous year for Colorado’s Digital Health Ecosystem and Prime Health. Our community had significant growth and success. Prime tracked $162 million was invested last year in our Digital Health Innovation community. We evaluated and mentored over 100 ecosystem companies through our Qualify process. Participating companies raised over $40 million post evaluations. Through the Prime Health Challenge, we have committed over $430,000 to fund 15 pilot tests of health innovation products. We had the largest attendance ever at both the Health Innovation Summit and our Challenge. Every major healthcare delivery system in our state now has developed or is developing an innovation center in large part to work with our ecosystem. With these metrics and others, I made the case at the Prime Health Challenge and in Blog posts that we are the #1 Health Innovation ecosystem in the United States today.
As many of you know, I have been part of the leadership of both Prime Health and 10.10.10, the impact venture generator. Both organizations have grown to now need full time engagement. After serious consideration, I have decided to resign my position as President and CEO of Prime Health effective February 28, 2017 to continue with 10.10.10 full time.
Prime Health’s Board of Directors is committed to enhancing our health innovation ecosystem and our process to rapidly demonstrate clinical efficacy and efficiency for new technology products and services matching needs and qualified technology solutions.
They have initiated a process to identify an interim CEO with the goal of filling the position as soon as practical. The Board seeks to hear from interested parties. The Interim CEO position announcement has been posted here: http://primehealthco.com/about/ceo-job-description/. In parallel, the board will evaluate if other or additional services should be developed and if greater alignment with other healthcare support organizations might enhance Prime’s role in the ecosystem. Through the process, the Board will determine the best viable long-term plan for Prime Health by either hiring a permanent leader or determining a better long term management solution by May 1st. I will continue to support this transition. If you have questions or suggestions please contact Mike Biselli, email@example.com
I have appreciated the opportunity to be part of Prime Health’s success over the past 3 years it has been an honor. I am proud of what we all have created, accomplished and enhanced together. I believe our ecosystem is poised for greater impact through providing value added services.
The Colorado Office of eHealth and Innovation has asked me to co-chair a State of Colorado Health Innovation Strategic Plan process to drive additional activities to make Colorado the healthiest state nationally and be the #1 health innovation ecosystem. You will be hearing more about the process over the next few weeks. We intend to convene our Prime Health Summit in April for the purpose of bringing our community together with the State of Colorado in a public private partnership to discuss how we might develop our plans going forward. Stay tuned for more information. I look forward to seeing you at the Summit or at our Prime Health monthly meetings. Thank you for all of your engagement and support.