UCHealth to open lab­o­ra­tory in RiNo’s Cat­a­lyst HTI build­ing

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Joe Ru­bino

UCHealth on Wed­nes­day an­nounced that it is open­ing a lab and devel­op­ment space ded­i­cated to health care in­no­va­tion in­side the River North neigh­bor­hood’s Cataylst HTI build­ing.

The Aurora-based health care provider will be an an­chor ten­ant at the soon-to-open, health-tech in­no­va­tion project, ac­cord­ing to Cat­a­lyst HTI co­founder Mike Biselli. The non­profit will oc­cupy 17,500 feet there — the en­tire sev­enth floor — and have a sign on the front of the build­ing.

When it moves in ei­ther later this year or in early 2019, UCHealth will bring roughly 65 em­ploy­ees into a “next-gen­er­a­tion workspace” de­signed to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion and new ideas, UCHealth of­fi­cials say. The staff will in­clude doc­tors, nurses, IT pro­fes­sion­als and mem­bers of the mar­ket­ing team.

“What we’re do­ing re­ally is set­ting a path to think about how we best work with other in­no­va­tors in the in­dus­try to fun­da­men­tally al­ter how health care is de­liv­ered,” Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth’s chief in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer, said of the new space in an in­ter­view The Denver Post. “We are un­equiv­o­cally putting a stake in the ground that in­no­va­tion is our fu­ture.”

The space will in­clude a model of a tech-in­fused “hospi­tal room of the fu­ture,” where new de­vices and equip­ment can be tested. There will be an em­pha­sis on re­search into de­vice in­te­gra­tion and wear­able tech­nol­ogy that can col­lect data from pa­tients and beam it into the health care com­pany’s cloud stor­age, ac­cord­ing to UCHealth chief in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Steve Hess.

Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment is the big­gest to date — both in size and po­ten­tial im­pact — for the Cat­a­lyst project. The 180,000-square-foot build­ing at 3513 Brighton Blvd. is de­signed to bring to­gether dozens of health care providers, tech com­pa­nies gov­ern­ment, aca­demic and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to work to­gether to achieve bet­ter health out­comes, ac­cord­ing to Biselli. Other an­nounced ten­ants so far in­clude Kaiser Per­ma­nente, the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion and the Colorado School of Mines.

Biselli said the UCHealth lab is the

first of its kind in the coun­try. It’s a con­cept he ex­pects to see pro­lif­er­ate.

“Health-tech in­no­va­tion has the po­ten­tial to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove medical out­comes, and health­care is not go­ing to be re-imag­ined just through es­tab- lished health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions or star­tups — we have to do it to­gether,” Biselli, said in a news re­lease. “Our in­dus­try in­te­gra­tor con­cept al­lows UCHealth to be plugged in at the point of in­no­va­tion by phys­i­cally hous­ing a health­care in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem in a sin­gle lo­ca­tion — al­low­ing en­trepreneurs, tech­nol­o­gists and clin­i­cians to col­lab­o­rate through the en­tire process of in­no­va­tion.”

UCHealth runs 10 hos­pi­tals and more than 150 clin­ics in Colorado, Wy­oming and Ne­braska, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman for the health sys­tem. It treats about 1.4 mil­lion pa­tients each year.

Biselli said the first ten­ants are ex­pected to be­gin mov­ing into Cat­a­lyst HTI later this month.

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