DENVER -- Prime Health, a business ecosystem of healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs dedicated to making Colorado the leading health innovation hub in the nation, announced the appointment of Steve Adams as interim CEO.
A well-known Colorado-based healthcare entrepreneur and community leader, Adams will assume the leadership role 0n April 15 and guide the organization through the upcoming Prime Health Innovation Summit on May 4 and for the foreseeable future, the organization said.
“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, chair 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.
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, taking the company public with a successful IPO in 1996.
While at Webb, Adams 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.
“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,” said Adams.
“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 4, 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
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.