We’re Prime Health Innovation Challenge Finalists!

Last month we got the exciting news that we were chosen as one of seventeen semi-finalists for the Prime Health Innovation Challenge. Today, we learned that we are moving on in the process as one of six finalists! This is a huge accomplishment for our team and we’re thrilled for the chance to share our innovative solutions with the healthcare industry and make an impact when it comes to health equity outcomes.

What is the Prime Health Innovation Challenge?

Prime Health’s annual Innovation Challenge is a 6-month program that advances healthcare through technological innovation, aiming to improve health equity, access, quality, and cost for underserved communities in Colorado. Through a collaborative health innovation ecosystem, they work to:

  • clarify common barriers, problems, needs, and shared priorities within the healthcare industry

  • identify companies and healthcare that are pursuing ways to solve those problems

  • validate solutions impactful to Colorado healthcare

  • accelerate the adoption of these solutions within safety net health organizations

We entered the Challenge with our innovation called PARTNERme, A Person-Centered Network Tool. You can learn more about the Prime Health Innovation Challenge here.

Our Solution, PARTNERme Integrates Social Connectedness into Patient Care.

Here at VNL, we’ve been building innovative solutions for more than a decade that leverage network science to drive social impact. We put forward our newest tool for the Challenge: PARTNERme, a person-centered network tool. Designed with healthcare providers in mind, PARTNERme is an easy-to-use screening tool that measures a person’s personal support network and gaps in their social needs to provide targeted community referrals. By leveraging the patient’s personal network, we can avoid unnecessary referrals, increase follow-through, improve health outcomes and reduce spending. We’re excited to take PARTNERme to the pitch stage as Prime Health Finalists!

What's next for VNL in the Challenge?

This news is amazing validation to our team that there is a huge need for our innovative, network science-based solutions. We’re working harder than ever perfecting our technology, developing new partnerships, and spreading the word about PARTNERme and our other solutions.

As our CEO Dr. Danielle Varda put it, “The Challenge has been an amazing opportunity to demonstrate the potential of our tools and solutions. We couldn’t be more excited to be named Finalists and continue on in the competition and Pitch.” The final step of the Challenge involves a virtual Pitch on November 12 at the Prime Health Innovation Summit! You can earn more about attending here. 

We are so appreciative to have this opportunity to innovate!

We owe so many so much for helping us reach this point. To our partners and clients, supporters and coaches, thank you for sharing your feedback and ideas, energy and interest, and most of all, for your trust in us and our tools. We do this work for our community. 

Alex Derr

About the Author: Alex Derr, M.P.A.

Director of Marketing & Communications

Alex joined VNL in 2017, originally supporting our events. He now helps manages our communications and marketing strategy and content development work. Alex creates blogs, infographics, reports, and other content while managing our web and social media presence. He also runs our email marketing campaigns, tracks analytics, and conducts market research to drive our strategy. He supports our entire team with copywriting, graphic design and research, and helps with events, webinars, demos, and other online learning. When he isn’t at work Alex spends his time climbing 14ers (30 done, 28 to go!) and blogging on his own website, The Next Summit Blog.

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