Prime Health Summit to develop action plan to make Colorado healthiest, most innovative state

Thursday May 4, 2017 0 comments Tags: Denver, Prime Health, Prime Health Innovation Summit, Stephen Konya, Donna Lynne, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Unity Stokes, Ben Bynum, April Giles, Mike Freeman, Morgan Honea, Andrea Young, Steve Adams


DENVER -- Prime Health, a business ecosystem of healthcare executives, investors and entrepreneurs dedicated to making Colorado the healthiest state in the nation and a leading health innovation hub, will host hundreds of key Colorado healthcare thought leaders at the Prime Health Innovation Summit today.Prime_Health_logoUSE!

The event, held at the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature:

  • Lunchtime keynote from Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC.)
  • Closing comments from Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, a former Kaiser Permanente executive and champion for innovation on behalf of the State of Colorado.
  • Collaboration Super Panel including Unity Stokes, founder, Start Up Health; Ben Bynum, director, Private Sector Engagement, Colorado Health Foundation; April Giles, CEO, CBSA; Mike Freeman, CEO, Innosphere; Morgan Honea, CEO, CORHIO; and Andrea Young, CEO, Colorado Technology Association.
  • Remarks from Prime Health’s incoming CEO, Steve Adams, who took over executive operations for the organization in April.

“Healthcare nationally is a $3 trillion problem trending toward a $5 trillion dollar problem if we don’t take action,” said Adams, a five-time serial entrepreneur in health care.

“Technology innovation and, importantly, the power of a well-aligned and motivated community of change agents play a vital role in finding solutions.”

Throughout the Summit, Colorado’s health innovation ecosystem -- policy makers, healthcare delivery systems, payers, providers, entrepreneurs and investors -- will collaborate to develop a Statewide Strategic Action Plan to support health innovation in Colorado.

Organizers said the Summit will include facilitated breakout discussions resulting in an assessment of the state’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the following critical areas identified as priorities by Gov. John Hickenlooper:

  • Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorder and Integration
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Transition from Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Care
  • Information and Sharing - Breaking Down Silos

“This collaboration with the Governor’s Office of eHealth Innovation will serve to better align innovators within the technology community with the stated priorities of the State government,” said Adams.

“Together, we’ll work to achieve the shared goal of making Colorado the healthiest, most innovative state in the nation.”