CIDH Newsletter | June 2021
As part of our mission to Guide, Support, Advocate and Promote digital health innovation across Mass General and beyond, we are thrilled to share the new Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare (CIDH) newsletter created for our innovation partners and collaborators! We hope you enjoy reading about the latest news from our innovation community.
Visit our website to learn how you can collaborate with our team and join the discussion around healthcare and technology on our LinkedIn page.
What's Inside:
  • Fern Health: Reduce Pain Without Surgery or Opioids
  • Calling All Innovators: iSolve Award & Ether Dome Challenge
  • MD PnP Interoperability & Cybersecurity Initiatives
  • Welcome, Jane Moran, New MGB Chief Information & Digital Officer
  • Providers, Payers & Startups: Looking to Solve Maternal Care Puzzle
  • The Fitbit Heart Study
  • Chip Technology Helping Predict Recurrent Stroke
  • Can mHealth Technology Help Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19?
  • Enter to Win an iPad or Tablet!
  • What’s Happening at CIDH
  • Upcoming Events
What's New This Month
Fern Health: Reduce Pain Without Surgery or Opioids
As part of our collaboration with Fern Health, a digital musculoskeletal therapy platform, Mass General’s Mihir Kamdar, MD, and Maximillian Hsia-Kiung, MD, are serving as advisors to help refine the company’s clinical strategy. Fern Health focuses on the core dimensions of wellness, including providing employers and their employees with access to on-the-go treatment to help reduce overall chronic pain symptoms, the need for surgery, and the use of opioids. The company’s offerings include personalized exercise therapy, pain neuroscience education, virtual 1:1 health coaching, and much more.

For more information, please contact, Matthew Ross, Project Manager, Strategic Alliance Initiative, MGH CIDH.
Calling All Innovative Providers: iSolve Award
Have an idea to improve patient care delivery at MGH and beyond?

Submit your 5-question application by July 18th to accelerate your idea and win up to $20,000 in non-equity-based grant funding from the MGH Springboard Studio – multiple grants to be awarded!

All employees of MGH and MGPO are encouraged to apply.

Calling All Innovative Disruptors: Ether Dome Challenge (EDC)
Have an idea to improve care within the Patient Care Services Community?

Participate in the first Ether Dome Challenge (EDC) for the Patient Care Services community, in collaboration with Healthcare Transformation Lab (HTL) and Harvard Business School’s Laboratory for Innovation Science (LISH). Since 2014, over $150,000 has been awarded to 8 different projects.

New Medical Device Plug-and-Play (MD PnP) Interoperability & Cybersecurity Initiatives
The Medical Device Plug-and-Play (MD PnP) Interoperability & Cybersecurity Program was founded by Julian Goldman, MD, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, in 2004 to improve the quality and safety of patient care by enabling innovation of interoperable medical devices and digital health technologies. The MD PnP Lab is now launching several new initiatives related to remote control of ventilators and infusion pumps, closed-loop control medical systems, and virtual critical care.

These government-sponsored research projects are part of a new Smart and Autonomous Medical Systems (SaAMS) portfolio. COVID-19 provided the impetus for significant advances in technologies, standards, and regulatory policies to enable SaAMS, such as publicizing the need and increasing the availability of remotely controllable medical equipment.

The MD PnP team includes subject matter experts in clinical care, computer science, and bioengineering. Learn about the MD PnP Lab, which has an extensive medical device inventory, patient simulators, computing and networking resources, secure remote access capability, and a cyber range to facilitate comprehensive end-to-end medical technology assessment in a non-clinical virtual hospital testbed.
Welcome Jane Moran, New MGB Chief Information & Digital Officer!
Jane Moran, MBA, has been named Chief Information and Digital Officer (CIDO) for Mass General Brigham. This leadership appointment is an important step towards becoming a fully developed digital enterprise to maximize strategic, clinical, and operational value in service to our patients.

Jane will begin her new role in September!
Providers, Payers & Startups: Looking to Solve the Maternal Care Puzzle
In 2018, the U.S maternal death rate ranked last overall among all industrialized countries. A gap exists between how racial minorities, especially black women, and white women experience pregnancy and delivery.

Through the MassChallenge HealthTech (MCHT) program, CIDH worked with Wolomi, a startup founded to help black women own their maternal health journey. Wolomi was recently featured in a story about how providers, payers, and startups are working to bridge the gap in maternal care.

Notable Digital Health Research
The Fitbit Heart Study
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital participated in the Fitbit Heart Study, a large-scale remote clinical trial comprising a unique software algorithm for the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). The study results will provide critical insights into the use of consumer wearable technology for AF detection and characterize the nature of AF episodes detected using consumer-based PPG technology.

Authors: Steven A. Lubitz, MD, MPH; Anthony Z. Faranesh, Ph.D.; Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH; David D. McManus, MD, ScM; Daniel E. Singer, MD; Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D.; Alexandros Pantelopoulos, Ph.D.; Andrea S. Foulkes, Ph.D.

Chip Technology Helping Predict Recurrent Stroke
Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine recently completed a clinical trial exploring methods to help doctors predict and prevent recurring strokes. A small chip inserted under the skin can help doctors monitor patients after common forms of stroke to predict the likelihood of a patient experiencing a second stroke and identify those who may benefit from preventive therapy.

Authors: Richard A. Bernstein, MD, Ph.D.; Hooman Kamel, MD; Christopher B. Granger, MD.

Can mHealth Technology Help Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19?
Sixty-one digital health executives, including our own Thomas McCoy, MD, Sara Silacci, and Nathaniel Sims, MD, came together to help answer that question.

What's Happening at CIDH
Win an iPad or Tablet - Help Name the New CIDH Newsletter!
Submit a name idea & follow us on LinkedIn to enter the contest!

Contest Details:
  • The top 3 names will be selected, and the finalists will be notified. (If the same name is submitted more than once, the first to send in the name will advance).
  • Newsletter readers can vote to select the winning name in the July newsletter – make your vote count!
  • The winner will be announced in the August newsletter.
  • The winner will choose between a new iPad or Tablet!
  • Enter by June 30.

Welcome to CIDH, Yuri Ostrovsky!
Yuri Ostrovsky, Ph.D., has joined CIDH as Managing Director, overseeing the portfolio of projects and services at the center, advancing opportunities in digital innovation that will serve MGH and the general healthcare ecosystem. He is also working to align and optimize the CIDH portfolio with digital health initiatives across the hospital and enterprise.

Yuri was a researcher and social entrepreneur, working with NGOs and government agencies in the developing world. More recently, he served as program manager for a myriad of digital projects at various academic medical centers, tackling health equity, remote care management, and patient experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Visual Neuroscience from MIT.
Accelerating Digital Health While Building a Family Culture
Our own Eran Bechor, Project Coordinator, MGH CIDH, wrote a short blog post based on his personal experience starting a new role with CIDH.
Eran wrote, "I woke up today feeling incredibly proud and honored to be a part of the CIDH family."

Upcoming Events
MGB IDEA Symposium
June 24, 12:00-1:00 PM EST
Making a Digital Health Pitch

Experts share guidance on crafting a pitch, finding a champion, assessing funding and other resources. A case study will be presented.


Donald Gummow, iHub BWH

Jennifer Shin, MD, SM, BWH

Sara Silacci, MGH CIDH

Haipeng (Mark) Zhang, DO, iHub BWH

MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science Lecture Series
June 10, 12:00-1:00 PM EST
Global Regulation of AI - What You Need to Know

An overview of the European Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and US FDA pathways for regulating AI software as a medical device, including new changes to the MDR since May 2021. Discussion of the FDA’s proposed pathway for good machine learning practice.

AI for Clinicians (AI4C) lectures are CME approved! MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs can receive CME category 1 credit. IT and other healthcare professionals can receive participation certificates.


Hugh Harvey, MBBS, BSC (HONS) FRCR MD (Res), FBIR

Fierce Life Sciences' Digital Pharma Innovation Week
June 16, 1:00–1:45 PM EST
Empower Patients to Return to Care

Learn about the strategic and operational challenges of commercializing and marketing products in a digital world:

  • Examine communications strategies that encourage patients to seek out regular and routine care
  • Leverage digital capabilities to support virtual care whenever available
  • Ensure populations without access to virtual care aren’t left behind as telehealth increasingly becomes the new normal


Sara Silacci, MGH CIDH

Lesley Solomon, MBA, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Pallavi Garg, Takeda

Cristina Carlis, Gilead Sciences

25th Annual American Telemedicine Association Conference and Expo
Virtually, Tuesdays & Thursdays in June, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM EST
ATA2021 Annual Conference and Expo is the world’s largest telehealth innovation event. This year’s theme, Telehealth: Enabling Flexible, Inclusive and Contemporary Care Delivery, identifies the challenges and opportunities of today’s new realities and convenes the decision-makers to cement the gains made and establish telehealth as a care modality in a modernized healthcare system.
View the full ATA2021 program here: ATA2021 All Sessions.
  • Hear Hewett Chiu, Chief Operating Officer, and Jackie Mendelsohn, Clinical Specialist, Fern Health, a CIDH collaborator, talk about a report on their recent observational study about the use of post-exercise pain intensity and perceived exertion scores to guide digital exercise modulation. Learn more here.

  • Did you miss the opening keynote address by Joe Kvedar, MD? He explored how the lessons learned from 2020 will provide a springboard for telehealth adoption. “The choices we make in the next few months will determine the landscape for telehealth in the US for at least a decade,” he noted and urged providers, payers and patients, suppliers, and innovators to take action now! Read the Healthcare IT News coverage here.
All ATA2021 sessions are available on demand for registered attendees.
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