StartUp Health Colorado Announces Call for Innovations to Transform Patient Experience, Care Delivery and Clinical Outcomes

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Partnership with University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth Provides Innovation Pathway to Validate and Commercialize Digital Health Startups

StartUp Health Colorado: Children's Hospital Colorado, CU Anschutz & UCHealth

StartUp Health, which is organizing and supporting a global army of Health Transformers, announced today the inaugural Call for Innovations for StartUp Health Colorado. This Call for Innovations is a part of the unique collaboration between StartUp Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth, to discover and support entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to transform health.

This initial Call for Innovation seeks to find the most innovative entrepreneurs and innovators addressing the Children’s Health Moonshots and Access to Care Moonshots, two of StartUp Health’s 10 Health Moonshots that will impact the health of everyone in the world. Entrepreneurs building companies addressing the following themes within these two Moonshots should apply:

  • Improving Outcomes & Performance: achieving best clinical outcomes by identifying and focusing on specific patient populations, increasing patient satisfaction via personalized evidence-based care, artificial intelligence and machine learning, medication adherence and compliance, follow-ups, and monitoring
  • Creating a Seamless Patient Experience: best in class solutions that are connecting and providing a patient experience from beginning to end, filled with compassion for patients, families and care teams
  • Improving Communication & Accessibility: rethinking traditional care delivery and transitioning to virtual and telehealth solutions, easy and rapid communications for patients, families, coordinators, and care teams

Entrepreneurs selected for StartUp Health Colorado will receive co-development, clinical validation and pilot opportunities for their companies with Children’s Hospital Colorado and/or UCHealth, both nationally-recognized, top-ranked hospital systems. Entrepreneurs will have direct access to the researchers, faculty, clinicians, and leadership from these world-class institutions as they implement their solutions at the point of care.

In addition to clinical validation and pilot opportunities, entrepreneurs accepted into StartUp Health Colorado companies will become a part of StartUp Health’s global Health Transformer community, receive lifetime access to the StartUp Health Academy to help grow their business and receive access to StartUp Health’s global network of over 30,000 industry leaders, investors, customers and world-class partners like AARP, GE, Janssen Research & Development, and others.

“Our vision at Children’s Colorado is to reimagine the way we can improve child health in our region and beyond,” said Gil Peri, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “Innovators from around the world are working on solutions to transform the way we interact with children and families—from prevention and early detection, to the experience they have at the hospital and long after they are recovering at home.”

“By providing an opportunity to help develop and clinically validate impactful technologies designed to solve the toughest problems in health care today, we can revolutionize the way care is delivered to our patients,” said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer and Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the CU School of Medicine. “Constantly improving outcomes and care delivery while driving virtual and telehealth solutions are keys to transforming the future of medicine.”

“StartUp Health Colorado is giving entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to commercialize alongside these world class institutions and improve the quality of their solutions and products.” said Kim Muller, Director of CU Innovations, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

“We’re looking forward to supporting entrepreneurs from the Rocky Mountain region and around the world and inviting them to be part of our global army of Health Transformers” said Polina Hanin, Director of StartUp Health Academy.

StartUp Health’s unique long-term platform for supporting entrepreneurs building digital health companies has resulted in the world’s largest digital health portfolio (more than 175 companies spanning 5 continents, 16 countries and 60+ cities), 10 acquisitions by companies including Intel, WebMD, Under Armour and Zimmer Biomet and its companies have raised over $620M of funding since 2012. StartUp Health’s diverse portfolio is currently comprised of 40% “doctorpreneurs”, 30% female founders and almost one-third serial entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs can apply online for this inaugural Call for Innovation until December 9, 2016 at Entrepreneurs currently in StartUp Health Academy, or that have previously applied to StartUp Health, will also be considered if they submit an application by the deadline. Entrepreneurs selected for this program will be announced in spring 2017.

About StartUp Health
In 2011, StartUp Health introduced a new model for transforming health by organizing and supporting a global army of entrepreneurs called Health Transformers. StartUp Health is investing in 10 Health Moonshots with the long-term goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. With the world’s largest digital health portfolio (more than 175 companies spanning 5 continents, 16 countries and 60+ cities), StartUp Health’s long-term platform for entrepreneurs includes the StartUp Health Academy, StartUp Health Network, StartUp Health Media and StartUp Health Ventures. StartUp Health was founded by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes and is chaired by former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin. StartUp Health’s notable strategic partners and investors include AARP, Aurora Health Care, California Health Care Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado, UCHealth, Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Brad Feld, Genentech, GE Ventures, Janssen Research & Development, LLC., Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and SeventySix Capital. Learn more at

About Children's Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation’s outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked on its Best Children’s Hospitals 2016-17 Honor Roll, Children’s Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children’s Colorado is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2013-2016 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children’s Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital’s family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit and connect with Children’s Colorado on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
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About University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines interdisciplinary teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region’s future health care professionals, provide the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals and be a national leader in life sciences research. Annually, CU Anschutz medical professionals educate 4,000 degree-seeking future health professionals, provide 1.5 million patient visits, and are awarded approximately $400 million in research grants. For more information about CU Anschutz, and to access campus resources, go to

About UCHealth
UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

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