Mass Digital Health Updates
Introducing the PULSE@ MassChallenge 2018 Startup Cohort

Selected from more than 500 applicants from over 30 countries, this year’s cohort of 32 companies represents the most-innovative technologies advancing health and improving well-being for people around the world. Fifteen of the companies are headquartered in Massachusetts. Through rigorous matchmaking, PULSE@ MassChallenge’s second cohort was selected by an impressive pool of institutions, providers, and payors looking to form unique partnerships with digital health startups. These Champions will support entrepreneurs throughout the program through strategic investment, validation studies, research, facilitating key advisor introductions and in direct customer relationships.
Read about the startups in the official announcement.
SyncThink: How a Military Technology Changed the Way We Evaluate Head Injuries

Headquartered on Boston’s Canal Street, SyncThink has developed cutting age technology to quickly evaluate the specific symptoms of head injuries. Originally designed for use by the military in Afghanistan, the technology is now making its way into the consumer realm as awareness about head injuries and concussions grow. This summer, SyncThink won the inaugural grand prize at the PULSE@ MassChallenge Finale .

In this profile story, SyncThink CTO Dan Beeler, talks about the state of the region’s digital health ecosystem and how SyncThink was able to leverage technologies like virtual reality as its devices evolved from a battlefield aid to a consumer health product.

Read the Profile Story or download the PDF version .
MITRE: Meet One of the Titans of Mass. Not-For-Profit Research

One of the more unique players in the Massachusetts digital health ecosystem is the MITRE Corporation . The massive not-for-profit organization oversees a sprawling Bedford campus along with numerous public research and development facilities focused on finding solutions for a wide-range of public challenges across the United States.

MITRE is at the forefront of public interest research for a wide range of technology sectors like aviation, security, and health care. With over 8,000 employees spread between their Bedford and McLean, Virginia offices, they are deeply involved with a variety of public institutions.

We recently sat down with MITRE COO Pete Sherlock and MITRE jack-of-all-trades Jason Wolanoski at their Bedford headquarters to discuss what MITRE does and some of their current projects like Synthetic Mass .

Read the Profile Story or download the PDF version .
Rebecca Love: How this Northeastern Nurse is Charting the Future of Nursing

Rebecca Love is trying to instill the entrepreneurial spirit in nurses with her Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative at Northeastern University.
Her initiative aims to disrupt nursing and inject it with the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation. “The fundamental principles of nursing education, make sure you never harm or kill somebody and follow best practices at all points, but you rarely ever innovate on best practices because you’ve never been the person to develop those best practices. Our goal is to change that dynamic,” said Love. 

Love, the founder of and a nurse herself, sat down with us recently to discuss the initiative, her thoughts on the future of nursing, and the Massachusetts digital health ecosystem.
Read the Profile Story or download the PDF version .
Podcast on Aging and Digital Health Features MeHI's Laurance Stuntz & Elder Affairs Secretary Alice Bonner

Laurance Stuntz, Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at Mass Tech; Secretary Alice Bonner, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs; and Continuum’s SVP, Mike Dunkley engaged in a discussion about the innovations around aging and digital health on the 17th installment of  The Resonance Test.

Read the full article on  Continuum's   blog  and listen to the podcast   here .
Mass Digital Health Events
4th Annual Winter Social Including Vendor Pitches

The New England Healthcare Executive Network will be hosting their fourth annual vendor and service-provider themed Winter Social, including guest speaker Vicki Barbur from The MITRE Corporation as the keynote.

Learn more about a number of our members whose companies provide valuable services for enabling the growth of our local health tech ecosystem. Each pitching company will have 1 minute to impress us with their value proposition and there will also be plenty of opportunity to network with the companies and fellow members.

*Vendors/Service-Providers : Complete this pitch application  if you are interested in presenting at the event. 

Monday, January 22, 2018
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Foley Hoag
Seaport West, 155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
The Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge III

Call for Submissions

Boston Scientific is excited to announce their third annual innovation challenge: The Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge III .

The Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge is an open call to all participants with ideas on how to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve diagnosis, treatment, monitoring or patient care in the following areas:

  • Neuromodulation
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management
  • Cardiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Peripheral Interventions
  • Oncology
  • Endoscopy
  • Urology
  • Pelvic Health

Deadline: Sunday, January 7, 2018

View event website for more information here .
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