(Denver, Colo.) – May 12, 2016 – Kaiser Permanente announced today that it will open a health innovation center at Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation (HTI) development in Denver’s River North (RiNo) district. The center will be the first of its kind in Colorado.
The multi-purpose Kaiser Permanente health innovation center at Catalyst HTI will provide primary care services. It is modeled after retail-based clinics that offer on-site care for acute conditions. Plans are underway for the center to be designed with the entire patient care experience in mind — from convenient evening and Saturday morning appointment availability to walkup street access and redesigned, comfortable exam rooms. A physician assistant or nurse practitioner and licensed practical nurse will be on staff. Physicians will also rotate through and provide video consultations to patients.
Unique from other Kaiser Permanente facilities, the center will serve as a pilot site where new clinical innovations and processes will be tested. Kaiser Permanente plans to make this center its epicenter of high-tech innovation — where clinical providers interested in exploring new methods of care delivery will rapidly test concepts and technology — as it works to shape the future of health care.
“Excellence in care delivery doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” said Roland Lyon, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. “It requires continuous testing and flexibility to meet the demands of an evolving industry and our members’ interest in receiving convenient care. The Kaiser Permanente health innovation center at Catalyst HTI will provide a collaborative venue where we can be part of the conversation to make health care more efficient, accessible and affordable.”
Today’s announcement is an extension of Kaiser Permanente’s mission to address the health care needs of the communities it serves. Located one block from the RTD light rail, the center will offer convenient health care services to a heavy concentration of new residents living and working near RiNo. It also provides Kaiser Permanente with an ideal location to partner with digital entrepreneurs who are developing new health innovation strategies.
Slated to open in first quarter 2018, Catalyst Health-Tech Innovation (HTI), is a health-tech industry integrator being jointly developed by Koelbel and Company, health-tech entrepreneur Mike Biselli and landowners the Burgess family. Catalyst HTI is a 300,000 square-foot industry integrator designed to bring digital health start-ups and established health care entities together under one roof. The building will be located on the west side of Brighton Blvd. between 35th and 36th streets.
Research supports greater integration of health care and technology as well as increased consumer access to retail-based health clinics. According to the PwC Health Research Institute’s Top Health Industry Issues of 2016 report:
- 60 percent of U.S. health care consumers are willing to schedule a video visit with a physician through a mobile device.
- In 2007, just 10 percent of consumers had visited a retail health clinic. In contrast, 36 percent of consumers visited a retail health clinic in 2015.
“We are thrilled to have Kaiser Permanente as a Catalyst HTI tenant,” said Mike Biselli, co-founder of Catalyst HTI. “Kaiser Permanente is an industry pioneer in developing innovative strategies to integrate technology into health care delivery. Their presence at Catalyst HTI will elevate the collaborative relationships we hope to foster among start-ups and larger corporations to accelerate health care innovation.”
Kaiser Permanente manages patient care through an extensive electronic medical records system. In addition to in-person visits, members can schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and email their physicians and care teams using convenient online tools. Kaiser Permanente also offers “video visits” with a provider from home through a secure web-based program.
As Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan, Kaiser Permanente operates 30 medical offices across the state — from Pueblo to Greeley and now in the mountains in Summit and Eagle counties. Kaiser Permanente is a nationally recognized leader in care quality, patient safety and member satisfaction. The health plan has earned Medicare 5 Stars for six years in a row and has been recognized as Colorado’s top ranked health plan by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the last seven years.
Kaiser Permanente joins a growing number of digital health start-ups and health care organizations at Catalyst HTI including University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Terumo BCT, the American Diabetes Association, Prime Health, Revolar and Medical Group Management Association.
About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, working to improve the lives and health of all Coloradans for 47 years. We are comprised of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and the Colorado Permanente Medical Group — one of the state’s largest medical groups with more than 1,100 physicians. We provide comprehensive care for our 675,000 Kaiser Permanente Colorado members through 30 medical offices across the state — from Pueblo to Greeley and now in the mountains in Summit and Eagle counties. We are also committed to our social mission and in 2015, proudly directed more than $124 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/share or follow us @kpcolorado or like us facebook.com/kpcolorado.
*Original press release was posted on Kaiser Permanente’s website.