Mass Digital Health News
Leuko Labs: Breaking Ground with Non-Invasive White Blood Cell Measuring Device
Leuko Labs co-founder Carlos Castro-Gonzalez was inspired to develop the Boston company’s non-invasive white blood cell measurement device after watching a friend go through treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A typical chemotherapy cycle usually lasts about three weeks, resulting in a rise and fall of white blood cell levels after each treatment. The problem, as Castro-Gonzalez points out, is that current treatment methods only measure white blood cell counts before a new round of chemotherapy, leaving patients and providers in the dark about white blood cell counts after treatment. Castro-Gonzalez and his Lueko Labs, which spun out from MIT, developed the PointCheck product to fill this gap, allowing providers to see if a patient’s white blood cell count is at a healthy threshold at any time and determining how, if at all, they should change their treatment plan.
You can also read more about Leuko Labs in our recent Mass. Digital Health profile story .
Folia Health Has A Better Way For Patients To Share Their Data
Nell Meosky Luo founded Folia to change the way patients and family caregivers collect and share data to improve treatment outcomes for people suffering from chronic diseases. In our existing system, patients and their families know a lot about how a patient is doing, but their medical professionals are limited to the data they capture during visits. Folia’s technology makes it easier for patients and caregivers to share daily data and communicate with their providers.
You can also read more about Folia Health in our recent Mass. Digital Health profile story .
Mass Digital Health Updates
MeHI Funds Aging Innovation Hub in Cambridge
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the MassTech Collaborative awarded a $100,000 grant to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) providing seed funding for AGENCY, a new coworking innovation hub for collective impact where entrepreneurs, enterprises, elders, and experts can work side-by-side to explore and apply ideas for aging populations around the globe. Housed at the CIC's new space in Kendall Square, AGENCY forms a crossroads where innovators in all sectors with aging and longevity as a lens will be able to meet, host events, engage the healthcare community in Greater Boston, turn their ideas into commercial successes, and grow their companies. Read More
MassChallenge HealthTech Announces 2019 Cohort
Through rigorous matchmaking, this year’s cohort at MassChallenge Health Tech (formerly PULSE@MassChallenge) was selected by an impressive pool of institutions, providers, and payors looking to form unique partnerships and solve challenges with digital health startups. Beginning in January, these organizations will support their partner startups throughout the program by facilitating key advisor introductions, pilots, research, and investment opportunities. Startups will also have access to a tailored curriculum, coworking office space, and the opportunity to apply for need-based scholarships, and at no cost and with zero equity taken in the company. At the end of the program, the startups will compete for over $200,000 in cash prizes. Read More
Healthcare Payment Transparency Challenge
MeHI and the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) are teaming up to sponsor the inaugural “Massachusetts Healthcare Payment Transparency Challenge.”

Earlier this year, CHIA released to the public a dataset containing an unprecedented amount of data on the cost of medical procedures in the Commonwealth. Through the Challenge, CHIA and MeHI hope participants can identify innovative ways to use this data to provide healthcare cost transparency to educate consumers and inform Massachusetts policymakers. Entrants are encouraged to use this data to help people understand issues outlined in existing research on the subject of healthcare pricing and leverage other relevant datasets. 

The open call for submissions will close on Thursday, February 28, 2019 . Read More
Digital Health Opportunities
Employer Health Innovation Roundtable Cohorts
The EHIR is an incredible opportunity to pitch your idea to multiple Fortune 100 companies in one meeting. The process is competitive and you have to apply before having the opportunity to pitch. If your firm is selected by the roundtable, you will join 8-10 others and present to the members of the roundtable in person. In March 2019, there are three EHIR cohorts in Atlanta, Boulder, Co., and San Antonio.

If you are interested in presenting, you must apply by Friday, January 11, 2019 . Read More
Mass Digital Health Events
Tap Into TechSpring: A Healthcare Carol
Dates: Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: TechSpring, 1350 Main Street, 5th Floor, Springfield 01199

Join this vibrant innovation community of technologists and healthcare professionals to work together to solve the very real challenges in healthcare today. 

This month's open house networking event will feature the 'Ghosts of Healthcare IT Past, Present, & Future'. First there was paper; now it’s mobile devices; and soon we’ll be hands free with AI and ambient listening. Come journey with us as we reshape the future of healthcare by visiting the past and learning from the present.
New England Healthcare Executives Network Hosts 5th Annual Winter Networking Social & Lightning Pitches
Dates: Monday, January 14, 2019 - 7:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston, MA

Launch a successful 2019 at the 5th Annual Winter Networking Social! Make new connections and meet with industry colleagues in the New England region's healthcare innovation sector! Adam Feuerstein, national biotech columnist for STAT News, is slated as the keynote speaker for the event. During the lightning pitch segment, each pitching company will have one minute to impress others in attendance with their value proposition. There will also be plenty of opportunity to network with the companies and fellow members.
MassChallenge HealthTech Opening Night
Dates: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Location: Drydock Hall, 19 Drydock Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Join the launch celebration of the 2019 accelerator program with the Massachusetts digital health community of startups, champions, business mentors, healthcare professionals, tech investors, and people passionate about the shared mission of improving health through entrepreneurship.
Health Experience Design Conference
Dates: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Location: Royal Sonesta Boston, 40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142

The annual HXD conference provides a unique crossroads for a diverse community of researchers, developers, creators, and practitioners to help humanize our health system and accelerate its transformation. Attracting over 500 visionaries across the health ecosystem, this two-day mix of inspiring presentations, workshops, and discussion will help drive real world change.
The 2019 World Medical Innovation Forum - Where AI Meets Clinical Care
Dates: Mon day, April 8, 2019 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Location: The Westin Copley Place Boston, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

The World Medical Innovation Forum is a global gathering of more than 1,700 senior health care leaders in the heart of Boston. It was established to respond to the intensifying transformation of health care and its impact on innovation. The forum is rooted in the belief that no matter the magnitude of that change, the center of health care needs to be a shared, fundamental commitment to collaborative innovation – industry and academia working together to improve patient lives .
Mass Digital Health, is a public-private partnership building a stronger and more competitive digital health ecosystem across the Commonwealth. This newsletter is curated by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative as a coordinating entity for Mass Digital Health.   
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