Third Annual Prime Health Challenge Brings New Health Innovations Closer to Reality

$150,000 will be Awarded to “Shark-Tank” Style Competition Winners

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On Oct. 19, six top healthcare innovations will compete for $150,000 and the opportunity to test their products with 15 leading healthcare organizations during one of the largest pitch competitions of its kind in the nation.

Prime Health, Colorado’s health innovation ecosystem, will convene over 500 attendees, including investors, entrepreneurs and executives from local community and national health organizations, to watch the “shark-tank” style competition on Oct. 19 at EXDO Event Center in Denver. In its first two years, the Prime Health Challenge has resulted in 12 pilot testing programs of health innovations and over $1 million has been invested in participating companies.

The Colorado Health Foundation funded the inaugural 2014 and 2015 Challenges, and is supporting the Prime Health Challenge for a third year as part of the organization’s efforts to invest in resources and create partnerships that will increase opportunities to improve the health of Coloradans.

“The Foundation is excited to support another year of the Prime Health Challenge and it’s work to bring cutting-edge health innovations into our state,” said Amy Latham, vice president of philanthropy at the Colorado Health Foundation. “This event, the partnerships fostered and results of pilot testing will help us to achieve our mission of improving health for Coloradans by increasing access to quality healthcare.”

Three of last year’s winners have already completed their pilots and are boasting exciting results. EMS Relay is speeding up registration in the ER so that patients can be seen faster. Test Appropriate has determined that cardiac test ordering can be improved in order to save on costs, and Radish Systems has discovered a big value-add by incorporating “Voice with Visuals” for phone and chat health coaching.

The 2016 finalists were selected from 30 initial contestants using Prime Health Qualify, an online evaluation tool designed specifically to assess health innovations. The contestants also received two months of mentoring and pitch coaching.

“The Challenge is the largest collection of healthcare organizations considering hosting pilot tests of health innovation products anywhere in the country. Our Prime Health Qualify process assures these innovations have been assessed and curated as the top companies and products. The Challenge is our galvanizing annual event. It brings together all stakeholders to quicken the pace of adopting new innovations. Every sector of healthcare is represented with our host institutions. We believe this is a key indicator we are building the leading health innovation ecosystem in the nation here in Colorado,” said Jeffrey Nathanson, chief executive officer of Prime Health.

The healthcare organizations participating in the 2016 Challenge include large hospital and healthcare systems such as HCA/HealthONE, National Jewish Health, Kaiser Permanente, Centura Health, Denver Health and SCL Health as well as community health organizations such as Northwest Colorado Health and Doctors Care (see complete list here).

The six competing companies include Clinical Trial Site SolutionsdBMEDxMatrix AnalyticsMedical Simulation CorporationPreventative Technology Solutions and Quantant Technology.

The 2016 Prime Health Challenge is funded by the Colorado Health Foundation and the following sponsors: DaVita, Medical Group Management Association, Twentyseven Global, Physician Health Partners, Colorado Community Health Alliance, CGI, Garlic Media Group, Colorado Technology Association, Catalyst HTI, Anabliss and Valid Eval.

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.

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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: www.primehealthco.com.

 

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Play-it Health Partners with HCA/HealthONE to Test Innovative Product

New Digital Tool for Health Engagement Now Piloting at Denver Healthcare Facilities

Play-it Health® Partners with HCA/HealthONE, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and Uptown Primary Care at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center to Test Innovative Health Product

DENVER, CO (Jan. 11, 2016) —Prime Health announced today that Play-it Health® has formed a new partnership with HCA/HealthONERocky Mountain Hospital for Children and Uptown Primary Care at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center to pilot a new digital product that seeks to transform patient engagement in the healthcare experience. This project is the result of a partnership cultivated at Prime Health’s 2015 Digital Health Challenge and supported by $18,750 in seed funding from the Colorado Health Foundation.

For the span of the project, Play-it Health will offer a mobile optimized software solution, Plan-it Med®, that will monitor and incentivize users to participate in multiple elements known to be important for healthy lifestyles. Users—or in this instance, patients—are encouraged to engage in personalized education, attend appointments, take medications on time and use other prescribed health monitoring devices. Activities are incentivized by a personalized rewards system that may include coupons, badges, games and reduced insurance premiums.

“We are excited that HCA/HealthONE and Play-it Health met during this year’s Challenge. It validates the hard work of the Play-it Health team, the mentors and judges in Prime Health’s Challenge qualification and mentoring process,” says Jeffrey Nathanson, CEO of Prime Health. “We have been working hard to provide a competitive advantage for companies though our Value Integrator Model, qualifying, vetting and testing digital health companies. This partnership shows we are on the right track.”

“There have been many technological advancements in recent years that allow us to better understand and reach users,” says Kimberly Gandy, founder/CEO of Play-it Health. Gandy, a former pediatric heart and transplant surgeon continues “It is time to bring that knowledge to practice in the health care setting. Understanding when and why patients follow their health regimens in real time has the potential to revolutionize the way we practice medicine. We are excited to partner with these august health organizations to bring these innovations to patients and their families.”

Uptown Primary Care is a general internal medicine and women’s health practice located on the campus of Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. The clinic serves a diverse group of patients and trains 18 University of Colorado Primary Care track internal medicine residents. “We are excited about this partnership with Play-it Health as it will allow us to introduce digital health to all of our patients, and allow our residents and faculty to gain early exposure to this emerging technology,” says Dr. Scott Joy, medical director of Uptown Primary Care. “We believe this tool has the potential to better engage patients in managing chronic conditions such as heart failure between office visits.”

“Innovative technologies continue to take the Colorado health ecosystem by storm. To date, we know of no other systems in the country that have demonstrated such a high level of collaboration and commitment to improving health within a state. It is the strength of the ecosystem that Prime Health is building that has piqued our interest in headquartering our company in Denver,” says Gandy.

“Healthcare innovation is about bringing new and unique value to our customers promoting the health and wellbeing of our community in truly transformative ways,” says Marshall Pearson, director of innovation in healthcare information technologies at HCA/HealthONE. “Our most insightful way to achieve these aspirations is through open innovation engagements with our local community entrepreneurs.”

“The Foundation is pleased to support this project as it paves the way for a strong network of support that will enhance the health and quality of healthcare for all Coloradans,” says Jesse Wolff, director of program-related investments at the Colorado Health Foundation. “We look forward to seeing how this work will set the stage for increased health engagement and innovations throughout the state.”

About Prime Health

Prime Health is a non-profit business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and academics 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. The organization represents over 125 Colorado-based digital health companies and close to 1,400 collaborators. Ranking among the top 10 digital health ecosystems nationally, Prime Health’s goal is to make Colorado the leading Digital Health and Health Innovation state in the U.S. by 2020. To learn more, visit www.primehealthco.com.

About HealthONE

HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE family, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes six hospital free standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region.

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grantmaking, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org

For more information, contact Leslie Reed at leslie@primehealthco.com.

2015 Digital Health Challenge Awards $150,000 to Winners during Denver Startup Week

Convenes largest group of host institution judges in the U.S., results in 27 offers to pilot new technologies.

DENVER, COLORADO (Oct. 8, 2015) – Eight healthcare innovations imagined by local entrepreneurs are a big step closer to reality, thanks to sponsorships and cash they earned in the 2015 Digital Health Challenge, one of the largest contests of its kind in the nation.

Prime Health, Colorado’s digital health ecosystem, organized the largest group of healthcare institutions in the U.S. to judge startup pilot proposals for digital health technologies. The 17 “host” institutions bid on opportunities to test the programs. Also at stake was a share of $150,000 in seed money provided by the Colorado Health Foundation.

“We are pleased to be a part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity that strengthens the evolution of digital health in the state and improves access to quality care for all Coloradans,” said Jesse Wolff, director of Private Sector Initiatives for the Colorado Health Foundation. “Our goal at the Foundation is to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. The cutting-edge innovations and partnerships cultivated as the result of this event will help us to reach that goal.”

The innovations were presented in a tense competition attended by over 575 spectators at the Denver Art Museum Sept. 30. Ideas ranged from a device that notifies a woman by smart phone when she is fertile to ambulance technology that beams information to emergency rooms ahead of the patient. The eight finalists had been selected from an original 21 contestants. Their presentations were honed over three months of mentoring and pitch coaching. In the end, all eight received at least one offer from a host institution, with a total of 27 offers made.

“We have set our sights on making Colorado No. 1 in the nation in digital health. The enthusiasm and engagement of these host institutions for this year’s competition proves the state has what it takes to hit this goal by 2020,” said Jeffrey Nathanson, CEO of Prime Health. “With the Colorado Health Foundation putting up $150,000 to spur innovation, with 17 health systems across the state stepping up to provide the proving ground, and with a field of validated and qualified companies so deep that all finalists earned support – all the ingredients are there to reach this goal.”

Nathanson noted that Prime Health set an interim goal of accumulating $100 million in investment funding for Colorado digital health companies in 2015. Three quarters into the year, investment is just over $90 million.

“Digital health” encompasses information and communication technologies such as telemedicine, genomics, mobile apps, wearable technologies and data analytics. It presents the greatest opportunities to improve people’s health and to make the healthcare system more effective, efficient and less expensive.

Kim Gandy, CEO of Play-It Health in Kansas City, Kansas, was so impressed with the Digital Health Challenge, conducted during Denver Startup Week, that she said she is considering moving her company to Colorado. “What you have going on here is phenomenal. You are undoubtedly going to become one of the dominant centers of digital health in the world,” she said.

The 17 healthcare systems that stepped up to partner with the startup innovators included large hospital and healthcare systems such as HealthONE/HCA, Kaiser Permanente, University of Colorado Health, Aetna, Denver Health, Colorado HealthOP and SCL Health. The host institutions also included community health organizations such as Colorado Community Managed Care Network, Community Health Partnership in Colorado Springs, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Aspen Valley Hospital and Salud Family Health Centers.

The eight winning innovations are:

  • An intra-vaginal device by Prima-Temp of Boulder that monitors continuous core body temperature, one of the most reliable indicators of female fertility. When a woman is fertile, the device activates an alert on the woman’s smart phone app. Asked if the device can also alert the woman’s partner, Prima-Temp CEO Lauren Costantini said, “Only if the woman so chooses. And the alert tone could even be Barry White.”
  • Online networking technology by C3LX that engages people with pre-diabetes to increase their activity and help them make good food choices. Data also can be shared with patients’ providers, enabling them to focus efforts on people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, one of the nation’s costliest conditions.
  • A system that allows healthcare providers to share photos, charts and other visual information with patients while they are on the phone. Radish Systems of Boulder will expand its ChoiceView system, which can send a video of a procedure, a photo of a pill, or other instructive visuals to ease translation of complex health information. Among the institutions offering to test the system was Clinica Tepayac, which serves many Spanish-speaking patients.
  • A smart phone app that collects an individual’s activity information and converts it into one easy-to-understand score. The concept, by Play-it Health of Kansas City, Kansas, provides rewards and instant feedback to patients, and also helps providers keep track of patients’ progress.
  • Communications technology onboard ambulances that sends advance information to emergency rooms. Novum Concepts, started by two Denver paramedics, can send a photo of a driver’s license, an EKG, or video of the patient symptoms, viewable by ER personnel on an iPad. Novum will expand its Biophone technology, currently being tested at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Louisville.
  • A computer decision support tool that can process an unlimited number of data inputs about a patient and generate an expert-level differential diagnosis and instant workup guide to help clinicians both make better decisions in diagnosis and minimize over- and under-utilization. Physician Cognition, originally based in Telluride, now operates out of Boulder. The company plans to release a version that provides superior guidance to laypeople.
  • An online gaming app that groups pre-diabetes patients together with health coaches who present daily challenges and rewards. The solution by NextStep.io uses data collected by wearables, such as Fitbits. Six host institutions scrambled to test this program.
  • A computer tool that gives physicians immediate comparative information about possible diagnostic tests, enabling them to choose the most proven and cost-effective ones. Test Appropriate believes its program will save money wasted on tests that do not provide valuable information or for which a less costly alternative is available.

Cameron Powell, CEO of Physician Cognition, praised Prime Health for creating a fertile environment for digital health innovation. “They brought companies together, created a common vision, made the introductions and brought in subject matter experts to give us feedback lean startup style. They speeded things up and that’s how you do innovation.”

About Prime Health 

Established in 2012, Prime Health is a statewide business ecosystem of health care administrators, providers, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs and investors commercializing emerging digital health technologies to improve health outcomes and patient experience and lower health care costs. The organization represents over 125 Colorado-based digital health companies and more than 1,200 collaborators, with grassroots chapters in Denver, Boulder, Centennial, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Ranking among the top 10 digital health ecosystems nationally, Prime Health’s goal is to make Colorado the top Digital Health and Health Innovation state in the U.S. by 2020.

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grant-making, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.

For more information contact Leslie Reed at leslie@primehealthco.com.

Prime Health to Create the Nation’s First Digital Health Integrator

New business model will accelerate adoption of Colorado-based health technology innovations to improve care delivery.

DENVER, CO (September 23, 2015) — Prime Health, Colorado’s digital health ecosystem, today announced that it is has received funding from the Colorado Health Foundation to enhance the connection between proven digital health innovations and the state’s healthcare system.

Prime Health, a non-profit organization, is developing a digital health Value Integrator Model to rapidly qualify and demonstrate clinical efficacy and efficiency of new technology products and services. Through testing and qualification, combined with ongoing delivery system assessments, Prime Health will be able to match new technologies with identified needs supporting the viability of companies as they enter the market.

”Prime Health creates competitive advantage for local digital health companies and the Colorado ecosystem by enhancing entrepreneurial innovation and the integration of that innovation with the state’s healthcare providers,” said Jeffrey Nathanson, CEO of Prime Health. “Unlike organizations focused only on the “incubation” and “acceleration” segments of product development, Prime supports the full product development and implementation cycle by serving as a validator, connector, and community builder.”

According to Goldman Sachs (The Digital Revolution Comes to US Healthcare, July 2015), digital health technologies will bring “affordable, highly efficacious, and easily accessible patient solutions” to market, along with $305 billion in potential savings and over $32 billion in commercial opportunity. Goldman identified efficacy as a key element in technology adoption, citing evaluation criteria as “a user-friendly platform that collects accurate and actionable data, promotes behavioral change, demonstrates results, and protects sensitive information.”

Prime Health believes that testing and adopting digital health innovations can improve access to healthcare, improve patient experience and lower care delivery costs. Prime’s Value Integrator Model will enhance technology adoption in Colorado by:

  • Identifying key needs of the Colorado healthcare delivery system and opportunities to deploy digital health products targeting safety net institutions
  • Qualifying and curating digital health companies
  • Testing clinical efficacy, enhancing care delivery and improving workflow
  • Enhancing Investment opportunities through demonstrated proven products and companies
  • Quantifying the value of products by innovatively utilizing data resources through condition based outcomes data and predictive analysis

Organizations like the Colorado Health Foundation see an opportunity for digital health products to greatly impact healthcare delivery, specifically in underserved populations. “We see the value of introducing cutting edge private sector solutions to the safety net health system in Colorado because it simply widens the opportunity for more people to receive coordinated, quality care,” said Jesse Wolff, director, Private Sector Initiatives at the Colorado Health Foundation. “Prime’s role as a community builder for our digital health sector is a key function to improving the healthcare delivery system.”

About Prime Health 

Established in 2012, Prime Health is a statewide business ecosystem of healthcare administrators, providers, technologists, academics, entrepreneurs and investors commercializing emerging digital health technologies to improve health outcomes and patient experience and lower healthcare costs. The organization represents over 125 Colorado-based digital health companies and more than 1,200 collaborators, with grassroots chapters in Denver, Boulder, Centennial, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins. Ranking among the top 10 digital health ecosystems nationally, Prime Health’s goal is to make Colorado the top Digital Health and Health Innovation state in the U.S. by 2020.

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grant making, public policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, strategic communications, evaluation for learning and assessment and by operating primary care residency training programs. For more information, please visit www.ColoradoHealth.org.