The team behind Sopris Health has worked together on healthcare's toughest problems for decades, bringing digital health products to the masses. Their most recent work together was at iTriage, a consumer health application with more than 20 million users, acquired by Aetna. We understand the complexities of health tech creation, utilization and adoption, because we’ve walked alongside practitioners and enlisted them to help sculpt the intelligent clinical operations platform behind Sopris Health. We love what we do. We love who we serve. And we believe everything improves when we give clinicians back their time.
Patrick is a passionate technologist and leader dedicated to building leading-edge products and the teams who create them. He is an award-winning visionary who, for 20 years, has settled into the digital health space maniacally focused on solutions that stabilize our healthcare industry. As CEO and CO-founder of Sopris Health, Patrick manages company direction and strategy, facilitating its activity in technology, partner development and customer success, marketing, executive and advisory board, and future state opportunities within the healthcare landscape. Prior to Sopris Health, Patrick delivered one of the most beloved consumer Healthcare apps as CTO of iTriage, one of the most widely used consumer healthcare apps in the world with more than 20 million users worldwide.
After Aetna acquired iTriage, Patrick transitioned into a new role as VP of consumer technology and ultimately CTO of Innovation & Digital — founding Aetna Digital, creating a new cyber security team, a new innovation team, and building the mobile experience and cloud infrastructure for Aetna’s consumer insurance business.
Patrick has extension experience on the business aide of tech companies, leading a restructuring the at Rogue Wave Software as VP of engineering that ultimately led to its acquisition by Battery. At JDEdwards, one of the largest ERP software vendors in the world, Patrick created the industry’s first web-based business software product and helped Fortune 500 companies start selling on the web.He started his career as a software engineer at Accenture. He lives with his wife and two kids outside Denver, taking any free moment outside family and the office to mountain bike in the Rockies.
John Froelich, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
A board certified Denver orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Froelich brings a wealth of healthcare experience and industry knowledge to his role as chief medical officer and co-founder of Sopris Health.
Having worked in the healthcare field for 20 years, Dr. Froelich currently practices at Panorama Orthopedics, where he specializes in hand and wrist care. An Illinois native, he attended school at Centre College in Danville, Ky., and completed medical school and his residency at Southern Illinois University. Dr. Froelich achieved his fellowship in hand surgery at the Mayo Clinic. There he also received special training in microsurgery of the hand.
Dr Froelich has served as assistant professor at an academic orthopedic residency program working directly in training residents and hand surgery
fellows; and as an orthopedic researcher, publishing numerous peer-reviewed articles and authoring several book chapters.
He frequently presents at national meetings for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Clinical Orthopedic Society, and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Dr. Froelich is on the board of the Colorado Orthopaedic Society and also serves on the ASSH Government Affairs Committee. He currently serves on the board of editors for Orthopedics.
Aaron Schram, Ph.D.
Chief technology Officer
Aaron Schram, Ph.D., is an expert in data-intensive systems developed for large-scale data processing, data science and machine learning. Aaron brings a history of innovation to highly regulated markets and is responsible for the software architecture that powers the digital Sopris Assistant, helping to usher in a new intelligent clinical operations category. With more than a decade of experience leading interdisciplinary product teams to produce high-quality, robust, scalable systems, Aaron has extensive professional expertise in roles from research to founder, engineer to executive.
Aaron began his career at Rally Software, eventually leading a team of engineers and helping bring the organization four consecutive Jolt Awards, and a successful IPO in 2013. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado Boulder where he conducted data collection and analysis research funded by a $2.8 million NSF grant. His dissertation work contributed novel architectures and patterns for the enablement of persistence across numerous classes of disparate data
Concurrently with his doctoral studies, Aaron co-founded and served as CTO of CollectiveIp where he was responsible for the design and implementation of the company's data aggregation and analysis software. The product and team was acquired by WellSpring in 2017. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Aaron served as a consultant to Fortune 50 health insurance, IoT, energy, SEO, finance, and marketing customers in the areas of data engineering and data science.
Aaron currently volunteers his time to both the Boulder Techstars and Nature Conservancy Techstars programs.
Chief Customer success Officer
Ron Kubit serves as the chief customer officer at Sopris Health where he is responsible for ideating and designing new programs and systems to improve the customer experience. Ron drives all new customer, channel partner and customer loyalty programs — and is a present and cohesive customer partner through the onboarding process.
Ron comes to Sopris Health with a long legacy of solving lasting customer problems, retaining loyal customers, and creating strategies to help increase profit / revenue streams. Prior to joining Sopris Health, Ron was the chief executive officer of Medtech Global Americas and Consova Corporations. His experience is vast, founding a healthcare IT solutions company with operations in the U.S. and Canada.
Ron has worked for multinational companies such as Optum, Ernst & Young and EDS, and has lived in Europe, Asia and Australia running branches of these organizations. At Optum, Ron was responsible for growing business in four states.
Ron has held positions such as president of the Colorado Healthcare Strategy Management (CHSM), president of the Colorado Neurological Institute, Advisory Board of Daniels Business School – Denver University and one of the founding members of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust – Tanzania, and a founding board member of nonprofit, No Barriers. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University. These experiences speak to his altruistic side, and have also created an unparalleled network of individuals willing to support Ron’s business needs.
Laura Pionek, M.S.
PRODUCT & USER EXPERIENCE
Over the past 20 years, Laura has leveraged her pioneering leadership and vision in UX to drive teams toward usable, intuitive product design. As VP of product and user experience at Sopris Health, Laura connects all the signals from current and future customers, product requirements and business imperatives, as she carefully curates the user experience. From R+D to brand to load times to note times, Laura is a data-driven designer with the customer’s needs in mind. Laura cross-trained in a variety of business categories, from Fortune 50 companies to small, high-tech startups. She built a UX team for iTriage, one of the very first healthcare apps ever to hit the Apple app store, which eventually saw usage of 20 million users and was acquired by Aetna. She additionally ran a team for the second-most used government app (behind the NASA app), called Your Texas Benefits App.
At Pearson Higher Education, Laura developed and trained the global UX and product organization on a hybrid agile methodology to improve coordination and communication and reduce silos across the 40,000 employee organization. She additionally managed two of Pearson's key innovation initiatives: a collaboration with IBM Watson on using AI to enhance learning and teaching experiences and an ground-up re-imagination of the technology platform that all Pearson software was built upon. She currently has an active patent-pending on a predictive experience she developed while working with their data analytics team.
Laura is an innovative and strategic product and user experience leader with extensive experience managing the life cycle of user-centered design projects from conceptualization to launch. She has worked with notable companies like the Cincinnati Zoo, Allstate, Ferrari, BMW, Teva Pharmaceutical, Aetna, FirstData, and Pearson Higher Education.
HEAD OF MARKETING
Heading up marketing and communications at Sopris Health, Jen leans on experiences and relationships from her family’s A&E firm specializing in healthcare facilities to understand and define the Sopris organizational customer, buyer, and end user. Her relationships within the C-suite of post-acute organizations and hospital campus settings have expedited R+D, enlisted post-acute clinicians for user testing, and helped vet the messages, benefits, and value communicated to Sopris Health’s prospective customers.
Prior to Sopris Health, Jen led marketing communication efforts and media strategy for EffectiveUI / WPP — working to illuminate stories and drive credibility for the agency’s award-winning B2B work with Fortune 500 companies.
Jen also served under tech heavyweight Arianna Huffington during her tenure at AOL (parent company of Huff Post and Mapquest). She drove media strategy and positioning for all travel tech, helping several AOL brands through pivots and repositioning based on market dynamics. She delivered more than 300M impressions for Mapquest, secured stages like SXSWi for evangelizing the company’s promise, and reached across department lines to support open-source mapping initiatives that endeared the brand internationally and allowed it to compete in an OEM space.
Jen also served with Patrick and Laura at iTriage where she handled marketing communications, including cultural, clinical and legislative work to change behavior associated with health tech.
Her near-decade of experience at Edelman’s Chicago headquarters was formative, helping her understand the power of story. She led creative ideation and new partner development, tripling her business unit’s annual revenue.
Jen lives with her husband, two children and English bulldog outside Denver. She recently competed in the Iron Man 70.3 in Madison, Wisc.