The Prime Health Innovation Summit Blew Our Pink Socks Off!

Whew, we can’t believe it’s been (only??!) two months since the Summit! Though this year’s Summit is in the books, we’re still thinking about all the amazing presentations and conversations we had with innovators and leaders from around the great state of Colorado and the nation. This was our best year yet, with record attendance, multiple sold-out events, top speakers, and a full agenda of expert speakers offering actionable information and real world experience. As a community, we showed why Colorado is on the map as a national leader in health innovation with this celebration of our community and all the exciting work we’re doing! 

Truly a grand time was had by all. If you’d like to catch up on what you missed or simply relive the glorious memories, you’re in luck. We are offering videos from the Summit here. (Scroll down to reach the link for video access, included with your Summit registration, or available for a small fee for non-attendees.)



Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a smash hit! 

We’re so excited about the Summit, we’re already looking forward to 2020!

Have ideas for what we can do next year to make the Summit even better? Is there something you’d like to see more or less of? Was there something special you really loved? Let us know! 

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So, without further ado, let’s review…..the 2019 Summit!

Rural Health Innovation Pre-Conference

Monday, May 6th we hosted our first-ever rural-focused, virtual pre-conference at Catalyst HTI’s Event Center. Michelle Mills, CEO of Colorado Rural Health Center, delivered her morning keynote on the state of rural health in Colorado. She reminded us why we were all there and how important this work can be to impact change in real lives across the state. The morning continued with discussions around rural health and broadband, success stories from the field, entrepreneurial opportunities, and best practices for rural innovation. It was exciting to see speakers and attendees joining from around the state and the nation, including a presentation from our friends in Washington D.C., rural health experts Nisha Patel and Carlos Mena, sharing what’s happening at the federal level to support our rural communities through funding and regulatory initiatives.

Catalyst Hub Crawl  

After lunch, we had a blast at another first-ever event, the Catalyst Hub Crawl. This series of intimate roundtable discussions throughout the Catalyst HTI building was hosted and moderated by Catalyst tenants, subject matter experts, and a delegation of State and Federal representatives including: the CIO/CTO for U.S. Health and Human Services, FDA’s Director for Technology and Innovation, the Senior Innovation Strategist for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and the Executiv

e Director of the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation. People were so excited to come together and discuss hot topics like artificial intelligence, data interoperability, telemedicine, and social determinants of health that this event completely SOLD OUT…and then some!

Innovation Summit at Infinity Park Event Center

Tuesday, May 7th marked the kickoff of our official 2019 Prime Health Innovation Summit. Attendees participated in a jam-packed day of amazing speakers and presentations: From our morning panel with a federal healthcare delegation featuring

Ed Simcox, Health and Human Services

Lisa Bari, Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation

Murray Sheldon, Food & Drug Administration

Augie Diana, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Paula Braun, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Stephen Konya, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

… our afternoon keynote and all-female (all AWESOME) panel with Colorado’s state leaders in healthcare: 

Dianne Primavera, Lt. Governor & Director of the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care

Elisabeth Arenales, Chief Health Care Policy Advisor, Governor Polis’ Administration

Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director, Health Care Policy and Financing

Carrie Paykoc, Executive Director, Office of eHealth Innovation

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Executive Director, CO Dept. of Public Health and Environment

Elizabeth Baskett, Principal, Baskett LLC, & Prime Health Board Member

….to our student-focused breakout session sponsored by MSU Denver School for Professional Studies

….to so many more presentations, discussions, and panels from speakers like Marc Neely, President and CEO for UnitedHealthcare in Colorado and Wyoming, Rob Valuck, Founder of OpiSafe, and Rachel Meyer, the Director of Policy and Government Affairs at the American Society of Nephrology, and many others, who offered their perspectives on innovation and collaboration.

Throughout the Summit, we were inspired and impressed as experts from throughout every part of the healthcare ecosystem came together to share stories of success and drive innovation forward. When health systems and provider organizations, national and state government leadership, academic institutions, and digital health entrepreneurs in companies of all sizes come together to share ideas and ask questions, real change can happen.

After all the intense discussion, attendees enjoyed a Taco & Margarita party sponsored by our friends at Redox

Thanks again to our amazing partners and sponsors! 

The Prime Health Innovation Summit is presented by Prime Health and the Colorado Office of eHealth Innovation.