News from Mass Digital Health - May 2021
HLTH 2021: In Person and in Boston!
This fall, Boston will play host to one of the largest digital health conferences in the country:

After a year of virtual events and online conferences, this will be one of the first large healthcare conferences to be held in-person in Massachusetts. The conference will take place October 17-20 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District.

Last week, HLTH announced that all in-person attendees will need to be vaccinated, joining other major health conferences like HIMSS 2021 to make that decision.

Interested in attending? Find out more on the HLTH 2021 website.

We're excited to promote this national conference, which will provide a stellar platform to promote the #MassDigitalHealth ecosystem. Stay tuned for more conference updates over the coming months.
Major Gift Funds 'Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation' at UMass Amherst
Earlier this month, the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced the receipt of a $1 million gift to establish a new Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation that "will forge new collaborations between nurses and engineers, bringing together two fields that can improve personal well-being and save lives."
The gift from Michael and Theresa (Murphy) Hluchyj, both graduates of the university, will help promote cross-collaborative learning, providing spaces where nurses and engineers can drive new discoveries.

“We are excited to support UMass in this new initiative,” says Michael Hluchyj. “Innovation is often accelerated at the intersection of different academic disciplines. The worldwide health crises resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic make clear the critical need for innovative solutions in clinical settings where both nursing and engineering play vital roles.”

The release highlights the Hluchyj's previous support for research, including a graduate fellowship that supported research in clinical healthcare innovation.

Massachusetts a Leading State for Telehealth Use
The MITRE Corporation and research partners recently published The Telehealth Impact Study, which "explores the rapid growth of telehealth in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic through claims data trends and surveys."

In a review of monthly claims data from December 2019 to December 2020, study researchers identified Massachusetts as one of the top states for the increase in telehealth use, showing an 89-fold rise over the preceding year. Click here to see the study's claims data for Massachusetts.
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Stipends for Businesses Hiring Summer Interns
If you are planning on hiring interns this summer and are interested in funding support from the MassTech Intern Partnership, then submit your information soon, as slots are filling up fast.

Digital health companies may apply for up to three interns in 2021 and can be reimbursed for up to 50% of an intern's hourly wage, up to $8 per hour, for a total of $3,200/year per intern. 

Mass Digital Health Roundup
  • MedCityNews covered the release of a new healthcare investment report from CB Insights which showed telehealth companies raised a record $4.2 billion in Q1 2021.

  • The Boston Business Journal announced in April that Boston-based Caresyntax, which uses AI to assist surgery, raised $100 million in a 'series C' funding round.

  • Medically Home Group, a "Boston-based, technology-enabled services company," is working with the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente on a new partnership that "will allow more patients across the U.S. to safely receive high-quality acute and restorative care in their homes."

  • Lucia Maffei at the Boston Business Journal reported that Path AI, headquartered in the Fenway, raised $165 million in new venture capital. "D1 Capital Partners and Kaiser Permanente co-led the Series C investment round," according to the piece.
  • Boston's Biofourmis named Maulik Majmudar, MD, as its Chief Medical Officer, according to a recent press release. Dr. Majmudar was most recently a Medical Officer at Amazon, "where he led several healthcare-related initiatives, including the development and launch of Amazon Halo, a health and wellness membership service targeted to consumers."

  • Three new clinical trials highlighted by the DynamiCare Health addiction recovery platform show that its users were "up to three times more likely to quit substances," highlighting the benefit of digital health in addressing tobacco cessation, as well as recovery from drugs and alcohol.
Upcoming Events
AARP Innovation Labs - Virtual Demo Day

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 3 p.m.
AARP highlights 17 startups in the areas of: Aging At Home, Caregiving, Healthcare, Mobility, Savings & Plannings, and Social Connection.

Each company will present for three minutes, with opportunity for questions and networking breaks throughout this virtual event.
Roadmap for Digital Health Partnerships
Date & Time: June 2, 2021 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MassMEDIC and Goodwin host a discussion on "what Digital Health companies need to know about creating successful partnerships," featuring speaker Delphine O’Rourke, a partner at Goodwin and a health law subject matter expert.
MassChallenge HealthTech and FinTech 2021 Finale

Date & Time: June 2, 2021 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Join MassChallenge HealthTech and FinTech for a virtual celebration of innovation and creativity in healthcare and financial services. This event will feature the 60 startups from the 2021 cohorts, as they explore the ties between health and financial wellbeing and the growing opportunity for innovation.

Hear from industry-leading speakers on health and wealth innovation and celebrate the impact the 2021 HealthTech and FinTech startups and their partners have made this year!

Innovations in Caregiving:
Approaches to Managing Care of People with Dementia

Date & Time: June 24, 2021, 1 p.m.
The next event in the Innovations in Caregiving webinar series features speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association and Kinto, who will present data about the increasing prevalence of dementia, the demands this places on families and caregivers, and how Kinto’s solution is making a difference.
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