Mass Digital Health Updates
Aging & Caregiving Reverse Pitches Event - OCT. 10th
Hosted by MeHI in partnership with Aging 2.0 

On October 10th at 5pm, MeHI, Aging 2.0, and Continuum are sponsoring an Aging and Caregiving Digital Health Reverse Pitch event. At the event, key players in the aging services sector will present on the biggest challenges faced by providers, clients, and caregivers in the aging services market, to help the Commonwealth's digital health entrepreneurs better understand these challenges and bring entrepreneurial energy toward solving them.

This event is part of MeHI's work with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Baker-Polito Administration to advance the Commonwealth's  Digital Health Initiative. Under the Digital Health Initiative, MeHI is working with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) and Secretary Bonner on a Healthy Aging and Caregiver Initiative to identify key challenges for organizations and individuals that serve older adults with complex care needs, where technology can provide solutions that are both likely to make an impact and fit into providers' business models. There are many digital health entrepreneurs here in Massachusetts working on solutions to these challenges, and this event aims to help those entrepreneurs focus their innovations on the very real challenges faced by long-term care providers and the seniors they serve.

This  HUBweek 2017 Spoke Event is hosted by  MeHI and  Aging 2.0 along with event partner  Continuum.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Register for the event here.
Apply Today to Join the PULSE@MassChallenge
2018 Digital Health Lab

Applications for PULSE@ MassChallenge's 2018 Digital Health Lab are now open!

Supported with funding from MeHI as part of the Digital Health Initiative, PULSE brings a startup-friendly approach to accelerating the development of new digital health innovations. Through mutual-matchmaking, every PULSE startup connects with a Champion (institution, corporation, payor, etc.) to create unique digital health solutions.

As part of PULSE, participating startups have access to:
  • Free office space in the Longwood Medical area for a full year
  • A community of experts & partners
  • More than $250k in zero-equity awards
Key Dates:
  • October 10, 2017 at 12pm (noon) ET: Application deadline
  • December 5 - December 6, 2017: In-person matchmaking
  • December 13, 2017: 2018 cohort announced
  • January 9, 2018: First day of PULSE 2018 accelerator
Learn more about eligibility, awards, and how to apply here.
Mass Digital Health Profile
Kyruus: CEO Shares Perspective on Digital Health in Massachusetts  

Headquartered in Boston,  Kyruus  delivers a comprehensive provider data management platform and a suite of provider smart search and scheduling solutions to help health systems match patients with the right providers to enhance patient experience, improve operational efficiency, and better align patient demand with provider supply.

In this profile story, Kyruus CEO & Co-Founder Graham Gardner, MD, MBA, discusses digital health and the benefits of building his business in Massachusetts. 

Dr. Gardner explained "when we were starting Kyruus, we knew we wanted to do Big Data in healthcare. It was clear that this region was the mecca of healthcare. Not only do you have great institutions, but you also have all different kinds of institutions: there's a specialty cancer hospital, there's a top children's hospital, there are top academic hospitals, there are for-profit hospitals trying to survive among top academic hospitals. It is an unbelievable mix, all captured in one town."

Read the Profile Story or download the PDF version .
Mass Digital Health Profile
Twiage: Revolutionizing the way First Responders Communicate with Emergency Rooms

Twiage is an advanced cloud-based platform that uses best-in-class security technology to put telemedicine at the fingertips of emergency first responders and physicians to accelerate live-saving patient care.

As a participant in the first cohort of the PULSE@MassChallenge digital health accelerator, Twiage recently won the 2017 Platinum Award.

Dr. YiDing Yu, founder and CEO, shares her thoughts on the state of digital health in Massachusetts and her experiences and advice for other startups in this profile story.

"I would attribute the success we have had to the amazing community here in Boston, in Massachusetts" says Dr. Yu.

Read the Profile Story or download the PDF version .
Mass Digital Health Events
Lyme Hackathon - Oct. 21st, 22nd

Calling all students, innovators, scientists, and clinicians to learn about and address an evolving epidemic. Make a difference. Make history.

Sponsored by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation and led by the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network/Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine, this two-day event aims to solve critical prevention, diagnostic, and treatment challenges facing the Lyme disease field. Beginning at 9:00am on Saturday, October 21st and ending at 2:00pm Sunday, October 22nd, participants will learn about Lyme disease through lightening speeches and will form innovative  multidisciplinary teams to propel the Lyme disease field to the next level. Each team will have access to an extensive group of mentors, each of whom is a nationally recognized leader in Lyme research or treatment, and will work on an important project that addresses one of the top Lyme disease challenges. At the end of the weekend, each of the top five teams will receive $5,000 in prize money. No prior Lyme disease research experience is necessary.

Participants in the 2017 Lyme Innovation Hackathon will focus on developing solutions in the following critical areas:
  • the incubation of an accurate diagnostic that is federally approved for use & detects Bb infections/exposure with 90%+ accuracy for all stages of Lyme disease; and
  • the development of effective medical treatment options for late-stage Lyme/PTLDS that lead to functional cures in patients with symptoms for greater than 12 months.
Event updates and logistics will be posted on

Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Register here.
4th Annual HealthTech Venture Network Conference

The Health Tech Venture Network Conference is a day-long conference attracting local, national, and international professionals inventing, innovating, investing, founding, and collaborating with companies within the healthcare technology sector. This year, the event is highlighting female entrepreneurship.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Aloft Boston Seaport
401-403 D Street
Boston,  MA  02210

Register for the event here.
HUBweek 2017 - "Initiative: The Women Behind  Digital Health"

Last year at PULSE@MassChallenge, 48% of companies were founded or co-founded by women. It is clear that women are playing a huge role in the transformation of the digital health industry. From academic medical centers, to startups, to the venture community, this panel will explore the different areas within the industry and the women responsible for shaping the future of digital health.

Maeghan Welford, Chief of Staff at MassTech and Senior Advisor at MeHI, will moderate this panel discussion.

A HUBweek 2017 event, hosted by PULSE@MassChallenge .

Friday, October 13, 2017 |  12:00pm to 1:15pm

City Hall Plaza
Boston,  MA  02115

Register for the event here.
2017 Connected Health Conference

Combining the highly-respected Partners Connected Health Symposium with the largest global platform for digital and connected health deal-making, the newly designed 2017 Connected Health Conference will convene an unmatched audience of the top movers and shakers, front-line healthcare providers, and forward-thinking companies. 

MeHI's Director, Laurance Stuntz, will moderate a panel on the morning of Wednesday, October 25th, " Massachusetts - A Digital Health Innovation Case Study", highlighting Massachusetts' unique public-private collaborative approach to digital health implementation.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 8 :00am to 5:00pm 
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 8:15am to 6:30pm
Friday, October 27, 2017 | 8:00am to 5:30pm 

200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston,  MA  02210

Get event details and register for the event here.
Internet of Health Business Conference

Internet of Health will facilitate an industry-wide conversation between C and VP-level Innovation, Technology and Medical executives from leading payers, healthcare providers and tech innovators to pinpoint specific applications and ROI success stories that will help key stakeholders across the whole health spectrum navigate IoT implementation and optimization.

Network and learn from provider and payer peers through interactive discussions, 1-2-1 C-Level Meetings, technology demos and workshops.

MeHI's Director, Laurance Stuntz, will moderate a roundtable discussion on reducing readmissions rates.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 7:30am  to 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 7:30am to 5:40pm

Royal Sonesta Boston
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA 02142

Get event details and register for the event here.
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