July 2022
iHub Attends AWE 2022
By Gabrielle Choo-Kang | Innovation and Operations Analyst
At the beginning of June, Gabrielle Choo-Kang and other members of the iHub attended the Augmented World Expo (AWE) for the first time. AWE is an extended reality (XR) organization with over 5000 company members and 60,000 professionals. They organize conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia, featuring presentations, an exhibition hall, and networking events. From her time at AWE, Gabby noted five key takeaways for healthcare professionals interested in practical applications of VR and AR. Use the link below to read about the current state of VR and AR in healthcare
Digital Health App for Insomnia to Collaborate with Brigham Clinician, Wins Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge
By Delaney Clarke | iHub Digital Intern
On June 27, Mass General Brigham hosted the final pitch event of the second Mass Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge at its Assembly Row headquarters. The event concluded what was a month-long competition, in which multiple teams sought to develop digital health care solutions that would address challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The iHub paired with SlumberOne, helping them to attain the grand prize of $100,000. The early-stage startup plans to continue its relationship with the iHub by starting a study at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The iHub Tours MassChallenge's New Location
In early July, MassChallenge hosted members of the iHub at its new office in the Seaport, overlooking the Boston Harbor. A Boston-based global accelerator, MassChallenge has collaborated with the iHub since 2016 to identify promising startups in the health tech space. The new MassChallenge location is an exciting and dynamic space housing the core MassChallenge team with open working space for startups and community partners. The iHub team had a great time touring the brand-new facilities and learning more about the strategy behind one of Boston’s most well-known accelerators.
What We're Reading
(The Ghost Howls)
Mojo Vision is a startup that is working to build smart contact lenses. Not smart glasses, but contact lenses. They want to place all the hardware necessary to have visual augmentations in a tiny lens that sits on your eye. And while this may seem like a technology coming directly from a science fiction movie, they are building it now.

(Fierce Healthcare)
"Our fast-paced growth and lack of focus strained our product and engineering resources and prevented us from executing quickly on key initiatives. I take responsibility for this," Olive CEO Sean Lane wrote. The Columbus, Ohio-based company announced changes to its strategy and structure, which resulted in "difficult but necessary organizational shifts," a company spokesperson said. Going forward, Olive plans to focus on end-to-end processes that enable payer-provider connectivity, specifically its flagship revenue cycle management solution for providers and utilization management analytics for payers, Lane said in the post. Those solutions currently make up about 80% of Olive's existing revenue and pipeline.

(Modern Healthcare)
Health Note, a pre-clinical intake automation platform, announced it raised $17 million in Series A funding. The round will allow the company to further expand its integration with electronic health records and invest in future offerings. SignalFire led the round, but the company garnered support from prominent health systems including UnityPoint Health, Northwell Health and Cedars Sinai Health Ventures. While Health Note CEO Dr. Joshua Reischer said not all funders are signed on as clients, the deal reveals providers’ desire to improve efficiencies in the face of ongoing labor shortages. Health Note starts conversations with patients ahead of a scheduled appointment reducing manual documentation for staff.
The iHub Services & Resources
The iHub offers a range of services to help Brigham Health innovators propel their digital health ideas and concepts forward including our Open Innovation Studio, Digital Health Innovation Guide, and Sandbox Program.
Have an idea and need some guidance?
Brigham Health innovators with an early-stage digital health or innovative idea should sign up to meet virtually with our staff at the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub. Our innovation consults will help you understand how best to advance your idea, craft your pitch, and jumpstart your project. We provide advisory support, guidance, and strategies for your early-stage ideas and concepts in digital health.
Ready to Pilot?
If you are a Brigham innovator looking to conduct a digital health pilot, learn more about our Digital Health Innovation Guide (DHIG) process and how it can help you get started in an efficient and compliant way.

The DHIG offers innovators efficient digital technology assistance tailored to individual project needs and helps ensure compliance with our hospital and system’s processes. 
Funding opportunity: Mass. Digital Health Sandbox Program
Administered by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the MassTech Collaborative, the Digital Health Sandbox Program allows Massachusetts startups the opportunity to apply for funding to work with the iHub and Brigham and Women’s hospital. BWH staff interested in partnering with a Massachusetts-based startup to research, develop, or pilot a new technology should email iHub@partners.org to learn more. 
From the Community
2022 BWH McGraw Family Opioid Innovator Award RFA
Application Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022

This fall, Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Program in Opioid and Pain Innovation (POPI) will host its annual Shark Tank to fund innovative and high-risk/high-impact projects in the basic, clinical, digital and translational realms through its McGraw Opioid Innovator Awards.
With the generous support from the McGraw Family Foundation, these awards aim to advance projects that have the potential to make an impact in one or more of the following domains – biomedical research, healthcare delivery, the generation of new companies/products/services, cost savings, care quality, and provider burnout. Since 2019 The McGraw Foundation, under the administration of POPI, has awarded $300,000 to BWH investigators for Opioid and Pain related innovation research.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Johnson & Johnson, Society of Nurse Scientists Innovators Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL) and Microsoft, in collaboration with #FirstRespondersFirst and ALL IN Well-Being First for Healthcare proudly invite nurse-led health system teams to join us for the first ever NurseHack4Health Pitch-A-Thon: Redesigning a Healthy Work Environment Where the Workforce Can Thrive. 
Teams will receive coaching support along the way to help them define, build and pitch their ideas. The top entries will be invited to pitch their innovative solutions at a virtual session on October 6, where they have the opportunity to be awarded grant funding up to $250,000 to implement their idea within their health system.
MGB Data Science Office Launches Service for Obtaining Radiologic Imaging Studies for Research
Accepting Requests on Rolling Basis

Looking for imaging studies for research? The Enterprise Medical Imaging team within the Data Science Office recently launched the Medical Imaging Data As A Service (MIDAS) that enable MGB investigators to obtain radiologic imaging studies for research purposes. The first product available under MIDAS is the Defined Exam Retrieval Service. Using this service, researchers can specify a list of imaging studies, up to 1,000 per request, to be retrieved from clinical imaging archives and stored in a temporary location that has security and access control based on IRB permissions.
UCSF Digital Health Award
Accepting Submissions on Rolling Basis

Since 2019, UCSF|Health Hub, a digital health accelerator working with digital health startups from around the world, has hosted the Digital Health Awards to identify the most innovative upcoming digital health companies in the biggest areas of digital health, including Telemedicine and Application of AI. UCSF|Health Hub will announce the winners from more than 1,500 disruptive, impactful digital health companies before health ecosystem senior leaders at the HLTH 2022 conference in Las Vegas in November.
Stay Connected!
Since its launch in 2013, the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (the iHub) has been a leader in Boston’s healthcare innovation ecosystem. Serving as a connection point between experts at Brigham Health and the broader innovation ecosystem of startups, industry and venture capitalists, the iHub helps enable and advance collaboration needed to achieve the promise of digital health innovation.