Making The Grade: 13 Companies Make the Semifinalist Round for the 2018 Prime Health Challenge

After an in-depth review by over forty business, community health and hospital leaders, Prime Health, the country’s leading health innovation ecosystem, is excited to announce that thirteen companies have been selected to move forward in the 5th Annual Prime Health Challenge.

The Prime Health Challenge and evaluation process are helping to drive meaningful collaborations between entrepreneurs and Colorado healthcare systems.  Applicants from around the country were assessed by industry leaders based on their social and health impact, market-readiness, and business models.   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 11th at the EXDO Event Center in RiNo Denver.  Winners will be awarded a share of the $150,000 prize and the opportunity to pilot their solutions with Colorado Safety Net healthcare organizations.

“The Colorado Health Foundation aims to engage innovations that help safety net providers, particularly those in rural communities across Colorado, to offer culturally competent, high-quality and comprehensive primary care, behavioral and/or social services,” explained Ben Bynum, M.D., Portfolio Director of Program Related Investments at the Foundation.  “Collaborative partnerships with organizations like Prime Health help us to scale our mission and impact across the State.”

Michael Archuleta, Chief Information Officer at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, a host institution for the Challenge, said, “Digital Health Innovation starts with Collaboration! We must leave our egos at the door, and move the healthcare industry forward, and together! As Henry Ford would quote, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success!” With proper collaboration we can work together to transform healthcare!”

This year’s semifinalists highlight the unique needs of Colorado’s underserved populations and the vast opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs to develop, pilot and innovate health technology solutions. International International is on a mission to improve access to care by driving patient behaviors in underserved markets. With a patient-centered approach, our proprietary technology, amHealth, is designed to meet diverse needs to facilitate meaningful and proactive mobile engagement. Our strategy and technology are informed by multicultural, public health and behavioral science expertise to increase awareness, adoption, adherence, retention and efficiency.



Careloop is focused on closing the gap that exists in engaging patients and their families, leveraging network science to drive better patient outcomes through improved communication, care coordination and an exceptional patient experience. In doing so, we break down barriers between health systems and fragmented EHRs, creating one place for communication with the patient, provider and family at the center of the conversation.


Care on Location

Care on Location is a telehealth service provider company that utilizes its convenient to use software platform to not only connect patients to quality telemedicine care, but through its geolocation-based matching system, is able to connect patients that need more than a telehealth visit directly to a partnership network of office-based and mobile health care providers.



Epharmix is an evidence-based remote patient monitoring company passionate about improving outcomes in high and rising-risk populations. We increase engagement by sending proactive, clinically-validated texts and phone messages to the patient’s own phone to collect patient-reported biometrics and symptoms for 23 chronic diseases- including behavioral health. Our algorithms risk-stratify patient responses and trigger alerts to care management teams enabling timely, targeted care to prevent readmissions or exacerbations. Epharmix helps care managers more efficiently engage patients to be successful in value-based care.



Golden is financial health and benefits care for our fastest growing and most vulnerable population, our seniors. Golden enables providers to give senior population patients and their families Golden’s How to Pay for Mom’s Care Program. The proactive Program checks seniors for means-tested government benefits qualification, drug discounts, and allows family members to pay bills and manage money when their senior parents can’t – due to hospitalization, dementia, and/or chronic care conditions.


Janus Choice

Janus Choice is an unbiased, AI/ML clinical tool, that uses up to 3K data points to intelligently match each patient’s clinical, social, and financial needs to their optimal post-acute care (PAC) provider. We’re a 360 degree discharge solution that allows all parties involved – hospitals, PAC providers and payers – to collaborate, be transparent, and exchange information in real-time, leading to cost reduction, increased profitability, and improved patient outcomes.



Julota is a platform that allows health and personal information to be shared safely and securely between all private, and public organizations. Community-based organizations may find patients, identify problems, perform assessments, manage consents, and build community-wide care teams around any issue – classic healthcare diagnoses like diabetes, or social determinants of health like food insecurity – improving wellbeing, preventing life-changing events, and aggregating ‘community’ SDoH data.



Medecipher helps hospitals navigate operational decision making. Medecipher was founded by former managers of an academic emergency department and industrial engineers: we understand patient flow, throughput, and the operational reality of managing an ED. Our flagship product is an early detection software and services platform for Emergency Department leaders that delivers a 4x short-term ROI by reducing flex staffing costs and recapturing walk-out volume.


Pyx Health

Through the Pyx product, My CareLoop, Pyx Health leverages mobile technology to connect health plan members with their closest family and friends to support them throughout their healthcare journey. We harness the power of family and friends and chatbot technology to provide support that is informed, relevant, and non-clinical to encourage self-management and drive improved health outcomes for users. Pyx also generate real-time alerts when a patient is accessing emergency, urgent or crisis care. While other technology falls short as a substitute for human connections, our technology uses these combined forces (chatbot and family/friends) to engage and maximize the power of influencers in the members’ lives.


Spry Health

Spry Health delivers on the promise of value-based care for people with chronic conditions. Spry Health has developed the clinical-grade Loop wearable that collects continuous vital signs and physiologic biomarkers. Using machine learning, Loop Analytics contextualizes the data and identifies early signs of deterioration before symptoms are noticeable. Clinicians are provided with information to provide targeted care to patients, resulting in improved outcomes and lower costs.


Start Talking

Start Talking – making it easier & more accessible for patients to get therapy. Start Talking is a HIPAA compliant & encrypted video platform that gives psychologists the ability to provide convenient and confidential online therapy to their patients.  Providing therapists a complete practice management software that digitizes all the intake forms, session notes, self-scheduling calendar, e-commerce for credit card & insurance processing, allowing therapist to run their entire practice online.



TCARE’s® Medicaid-approved, SaaS platform is used by Health Insurance companies to reduce family caregiver burnout and delay nursing home placement. TCARE’s evidence-based predictive technology saved Washington State Department of Social and Health Services over $10M in a 2,300-caregiver pilot by delaying nursing home admissions by 18-24 months.


Tx Tracker

Tx Tracker empowers cancer patients to track their symptoms, medication usage, and other health data to better manage their treatment experience. The Tx Tracker platform shares this data with their providers to improve outcomes and with pharma/biotech/researchers to accelerate precision medicine research.


Nicole McNew, Executive Director of Prime Health said, “I am excited to present this portfolio of companies to the members of our Safety Net Advisory Board.”  McNew continued, “These entrepreneurs are addressing crucial gaps to improve the lives of underserved patients and their providers.”