News from Mass Digital Health - July 2022

Digital Health Initiative Celebrates Success

Boston-based SlumberOne Wins 2nd COVID-19 Recovery Challenge

On June 27, MeHI welcomed healthcare and technology leaders to celebrate the progress of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative and the finale of the 2nd Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge, a pitch competition sponsored by MeHI with support from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the SPRINT Challenge Grant program. Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy offered keynote remarks and Governor Charlie Baker contributed virtual remarks via a video that can be viewed here.

 

Hosted by Mass General Brigham, the event highlighted the growth of the Commonwealth’s digital health ecosystem and the progress made on the recommendations of the Massachusetts Digital Health Council. MassTech Executive Director Carolyn Kirk noted the investments the state has made in innovation hubs like MassChallenge HealthTech, the success of the 2021 HLTH Conference in Boston, and the resources developed by the Cybersecurity Group of Experts. Attendees also saw a demonstration of cutting-edge tele-critical care from Dr. Julian Goldman, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Device Plug-and-Play Program, one of the ten R&D centers supporting digital health companies through the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Program.

 

The event culminated in the final pitch competition for the COVID-19 Innovations for Healthcare Providers Challenge. During the Challenge, eight companies completed a ten-week accelerator program run by Lever, Inc. At the event, the four finalists pitched their innovative digital health solutions for the chance to win a total of $100,000 in tuition to one of Massachusetts’ Digital Health Sandboxes

 

The grand prize went to Slumber One of Boston, which uses "a personalized, science-backed approach” to improve users’ sleep with psychology. Slumber One will conduct a clinical trial of their application with the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub. The three other finalists, which each received $50,000 to complete a Sandbox project, were:

 

·   BurnCam Medical of Boston; 

·   HealthJay of Palo Alto, California; and 

·   Outcome Referrals of Framingham, Mass. 

 

“Our thanks to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the EDA for their support of the Recovery Challenge program, which provided us the opportunity to engage with digital health startups nationwide and really leverage the know-how that our Massachusetts ecosystem is known for to advance these innovative, provider-focused solutions,” said Ben Linville-Engler, MassTech’s Chief Investment Strategist. "Helping these firms access the cutting-edge R&D centers will help take these innovative products to the next level and accelerate their pathway to impacting patients around the world.”

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Focus on Jobs

Account Manager

MeHI seeks a highly organized and motivated individual to join our team as an Account Manager for the Mass HIway. The Account Manager will be responsible for providing Health Information Exchange (HIE) focused consulting and account management services to healthcare organizations, assisting in implementing HIE technologies, supporting the development of use cases and workflows, and educating providers about the use of direct messaging and the Statewide ENS Framework to promote interoperability, improve patient care and increase access to public health data.


Join our team of dedicated professionals to help drive our mission of enhanced patient care coordination and improved public health reporting to improve the health and wellbeing of all in the state. Healthcare organizations continue to be resource-strained in their effort to support their patients. Become an integral part of helping these organizations improve their processes of sharing, reconciling, and analyzing Protected Health Information (PHI) to facilitate better management of the quality and cost of care.

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The MassDigitalHealth jobs board is the only free resource dedicated to digital health roles in Massachusetts. With over 3,000 open positions at 300+ digital health companies, come find your next career move today.


Here are a few of the open positions that were recently added to the jobs board:





Find your next career at jobs.massdigitalhealth.org.



Questions? Email Katie Green at green@masstech.org.

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Opportunities
BLUE KNIGHT™ is a joint initiative between Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (‘JLABS’) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). The initiative recognizes that new innovations, particularly those with multi-use potential, are needed to help rapidly and efficiently respond to emerging health security threats and infectious diseases. To that end, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with BARDA, launched the BLUE KNIGHT™ QuickFire Challenge: Next-Generation Preparedness Solutions. Up to four innovators with the best potential solution can receive award funding from a total pool of $200,000 and access to the global Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS network.

Innovators from across the globe are invited to submit potentially ground-breaking ideas or technologies that aim to enhance preparedness towards future known and unknown infectious disease threats. Learn more and apply by July 22, 2022.
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Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced “Building Bridges to Better Health: A Primary Health Care Challenge,” a national competition to encourage innovation for community health centers across the United States. Solutions should address barriers to health and health-related social risk factors. Winners will develop low-cost, scalable solutions for the centers to improve patient access to primary care and links with appropriate social services. There will be three rounds of proposals and winners, with the first concepts due August 2, 2022.

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MassAITC Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Awards

The Massachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connected Care in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (MassAITC) aims to foster multidisciplinary research on the development of emerging AI and digital technologies to support healthy aging and the care of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) more effectively in their home environments.  


MassAITC recently issued a call for proposals to support pilot studies on mobile, wearable, and contactless sensors, emerging machine learning approaches, and AI and data-driven visualization technologies that have the potential to improve the health of older adults and individuals with AD/ADRD.


Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent at www.a2collective.ai/pilotawards by August 15, 2022.

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Upcoming Events

M2D2 Cycle 3 Pitch-Off

Join UMass Lowell's M2D2 on July 20th at 4:00pm to witness the future of #FemTech innovation as the startups from the Cycle 3 Cohort pitch their solution to a panel of judges. The startups are working with M2D2 and Hologic Inc. to advance the commercialization of their innovation through the IMPACT Accelerator Program. UMass Lowell Chancellor Julie Chen will give opening remarks and Hologic Inc. will award one IMPACT startup in-kind resources worth $25K.

Wednesday, July 20

4:00pm-8:00pm

UMass Lowell iHub

Lowell, MA

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Women's Health - FemTech:

Much More than A Niche Market

Women’s health is growing at a fast pace, in large part powered by women entrepreneurs seeking to address unmet health needs in new ways. Join HealthTech Build on July 28th at 5:30pm to hear their panel of experts discuss Women's Health and FemTech innovation.

Thursday, July 28

5:30pm-7:30pm

InterSystems Corporation

1 Memorial Drive

Cambridge, MA 02142

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