MeHI Newsletter
PULSE@MassChallenge Digital Health Lab Launches in the Longwood Medical Area Governor Charlie Baker at the PULSE@MassChallenge launch event. On June 1st, MeHI joined with Governor Baker , Boston Mayor Marty Walsh , and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, MassChallenge, and Baystate Health's TechSpring digital health center for the announcement of the first major pillar of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative: the opening of a new digital healthcare lab, PULSE@MassChallenge . This innovative, startup-friendly facility features 8,000 square feet of physical space located within Boston's Longwood Medical Area, adjacent to world-class hospitals, centers for healthcare innovation, and technology startups.

Managed by the global accelerator MassChallenge and featuring support from digital health experts at TechSpring in Western Massachusetts, PULSE@MassChallenge will connect entrepreneurs with critical resources necessary to help them grow. Programming at the space will include a start-up accelerator program for digital health companies, networking events, panel discussions, pitch contests, and co-working opportunities.

On behalf of the Commonwealth, MeHI will provide a $250,000 grant to both MassChallenge ($170K) and TechSpring ($80K) to support staffing, events, data challenges, and other programs during the first year of operations. Over the coming year, the PULSE@MassChallenge space will also play an important role in the launch of the statewide Initiative's other programs.

Learn more about PULSE@MassChallenge

Program Year 2015: Attestation 101 
Tuesday, July 5

Noon - 1 p.m.


This webinar is part of an educational series about the Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) objectives. See our calendar for other sessions in the series. 
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MeHI Launches the Connected Communities Implementation Grants
Brockton BNHC Connected Communities Grantees. On June 14, 2016, at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, MeHI announced $3,038,000 in grants to drive community-level collaboration among healthcare providers using innovative technologies. The grants were made through MeHI's Connected Communities Implementation Grant program, a statewide effort which seeks to enhance collaboration and communication among healthcare providers within a community through the use of health IT, including electronic health records and health information exchanges.

At the event, MeHI Director Laurance Stuntz, announced awards to seven Massachusetts healthcare organizations, which each received grants of $434,000 to support collaborative projects. These organizations are working with a total of 78 partner organizations across Massachusetts.

The seven Massachusetts organizations managing the grants in their respective regions are: 
  • Behavioral Health Network - Springfield
  • Berkshire Medical Center - Pittsfield
  • Brockton Neighborhood Health Center - Brockton
  • Cape Cod Healthcare - Hyannis
  • Lowell General PHO - Lowell
  • Reliant Medical Group - Worcester
  • Whittier Independent Practice Association (IPA) - Newburyport
Free Webinar Series: Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use Objectives
Join MeHI for a series of educational webinar sessions on the Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) objectives. Each session will focus on a single MU objective. The series also includes two bonus sessions: Attestation 101 and Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). Register for a single session, several sessions, or the entire series. All webinar sessions will include plenty of time for Q&A.

Click the orange hyperlinks below to register for each webinar. The webinars and descriptions are also listed on our calendar.

Tuesday July 5 at Noon | Attestation 101

Tuesday July 5 at 1 p.m. | Objective #1: Protect Electronic Health Information

Thursday July 7 at Noon |  Objective #2: Clinical Decision Support

Thursday July 7 at 1 p.m. | Objective #3: Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE)

Tuesday July 12 at Noon | Objective #4: Electronic Prescribing (eRx)

Tuesday July 12 at 1 p.m. | Objective #5: Summary Care Record

Thursday July 14 at Noon | Objective #6: Patient-Specific Education

Thursday July 14 at 1 p.m. | Objective #7: Medication Reconciliation

Tuesday July 19 at Noon | Objective #8: Patient Electronic Access

Tuesday July 19 at 1 p.m. | Objective #9: Secure Electronic Messaging

Thursday July 21 at Noon | Objective #10: Public Health Reporting

Thursday July 21 at 1 p.m. | Clinical Quality Measures  
MU Dates Meaningful Use table timeline
New CEHRT Developer Transparency Tool Designed to Make Choosing an EHR Even Easier  
National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, announced a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to make selecting certified electronic health record software less confusing. The goal of the tool is to create a more transparent health IT marketplace to promote competition, discourage information blocking, and make developers accountable to the needs of health care professionals and other health IT purchasers.

The tool includes a current list of each software developer's detailed information about their certified health IT products, including limitations and types of costs that a purchaser or user may encounter in the course of implementing or using the developer's technology. Additional information, including information about developers' compliance with these requirements, is available on ONC's Certified Health IT Product List.

Certified Health IT Developer Transparency Website

HHS and ONC post transparency data to make buying EHRs easier (article  
via Health IT News)
Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll
TDRR - Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll logo. Boston University. Boston University's Office of Technology Development hosts "Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll" (TDRR) on July 12th, a networking event designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. Started in 2010, the event highlights emerging technologies from Boston University's research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures, with additional participation from applied and translational research centers.

TDRR 2016 Highlights:
  • Innovator of the Year Award
  • Exhibits and Digital Posters
  • Funder Alley
  • Student Venture Competition
  • Band Performance
  • Networking
Tuesday, July 12 - 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

MassBio Digital Health Forums Series: "Mobilizing" Clinical Trials
MassBio Digital Health Forum Series logo Join MassBio for a new forum series featuring industry leaders, policymakers, patients, providers and investors as they share their insights on the challenges and opportunities of digital healthcare. Wearable devices, mobile applications for smartphones, sensors and other digital health technologies have the potential of revolutionizing clinical trials and natural history studies. In Part Two of the series, "Mobilizing Clinical Trials," learn how new technologies can support real-time trial oversight and accurate, efficient and timely data capture.

  • Miganush Stepanians, PhD, President & CEO, PROMETRIKA, LLC
  • Amit Rakhit, MD, MBA, Chief Medical and Portfolio Management Officer, Ovid Therapeutics
  • Ahmet Uluer, DO, Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, Boston Children's Hospital; Director, Weitzman Family Bridges Adult Transition Program; Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Kathy Zheng, Sr. Project Manager, PROMETRIKA, LLC
Thursday, July 21, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

MassBio Offices
300 Technology Square, Eighth Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

mHealth + Telehealth World 2016
The role of technology in health care is growing year after year. Attend mHealth + Telehealth World 2016 to learn strategies to keep up with this trend and to understand the impact connected health will have on the future of health care. This Summit is a must attend for healthcare executives interested in learning how to most efficiently use mHealth (mobile health) and Telehealth programs to engage consumers, improve outcomes, and lower costs.

Featured Speakers: 
  • Peter Kung, System Vice President, Virtual Health at SCL Health System
  • Neil Evans, MD, Chief Officer, Office of Connected Care at Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Stuart Slutzky, Chief, Product Innovation at HumanaVitality
  • Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President at Partners HealthCare Connected Health
  • Michael Ruiz, Vice President, Chief Digital Officer at MedStar Health
Monday, July 25, 7:30 AM to Tuesday, July 26, 4:00 PM

Seaport Hotel
200 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

NEHEN's Annual Summer Social and Networking Event
NEHEN - New England Healthcare Executive Network logo. Join the New England Healthcare Executives Network for its 6th Annual Summer Social Networking Event on August 1st. This is one of NEHEN's most well-attended events, with health innovation professionals from all backgrounds coming to see what's new and exciting in the local biotech, medtech, pharma, and health IT sectors.

Keynote Speaker:
  • Carl M Berke, PhD, Partner, Partners HealthCare Innovation Fund
Monday, August 1, 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210