News from Mass Digital Health - August 2020
Massachusetts COVID-19 Information
To get the latest updates on everything that is happening with the COVID-19 response in Massachusetts please visit There you will find information on actions the state is taking, how you can protect yourself, and ways you can help others during this challenging time. If you are seeking small business support, please visit the COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Business page. 
Explore the Mass Digital Health Jobs Board
As summer 2020 draws to a close, many organizations in the Mass Digital Health cluster have begun a fall hiring push. While many companies paused hiring early in the pandemic, from May to July 2020 we observed an addition of 424 new job postings on the Massachusetts Digital Health Jobs Board. This surge is consistent with the strong track record of digital health companies during the pandemic. In fact, U.S. digital health companies raised a record shattering $5.4 billion in the first half of 2020. Learn more about a few of the nearly 350 organizations actively hiring for digital health roles in Massachusetts.

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Meet Lissy Hu of CarePort Health
Dr. Lissy Hu, the founder and CEO of CarePort Health, recently sat down with the Boston Business Journal for a great Q & A session. The interview covers her intense MBA-MD program at Harvard University, the future of telemedicine, and the unique challenges the digital health world faces navigating the pandemic. Read More in the Boston Business Journal.
One-on-One with MeHI Director Laurance Stuntz & MCHT Managing Director Nick Doughtery
Laurance Stuntz, the director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute, joined MassChallenge HealthTech’s Nick Doughtery for a wide ranging interview on their roles in the state’s digital health ecosystem. MeHI has supported MCHT since its founding in 2016. Listen here.
Deadlines for Major Competitions Approaching
MIT Hacking Medicine is back. Last year 400+ innovators gathered in the MIT Media Lab to create disruptive healthcare solutions. This year's event will be entirely remote and will take place from October 2-4. If you are interested, applications to participate or mentor are now open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 11, 2020. Applications are open to all disciplines, no coding experience required. Read more about how to apply.
The deadline to enter a competition from the federal Department of Health and Human Services on social isolation and loneliness in older adults is quickly approaching. A total of $750,000 in prizes will be awarded in the MENTAL (Mobilizing and Empowering the Nation and Technology to Address Loneliness) Health Challenge for the development of an online system that recommends programs, activities and resources to others to help them engage in their surrounding community. Applications for Phase 1 of the Challenge are due by September 8, 2020. Read more.
The deadline to apply for Boston Children’s IDHA Accelerator is September 14, 2020. The accelerator will review and consider all startups in the digital health space but they are prioritizing the following areas: virtual-first care, behavioral health, social determinants of health, and artificial intelligence/automation. Read more.
Applications for the next MassChallenge HealthTech cohort open September 8, 2020 and close on October 8, 2020. Each year, the MCHT matches high-impact, digital health startups with partners to collaborate on projects focused on some of our greatest healthcare challenges. Read more.
Mass Digital Health Roundup
  • Magellan Health began a pilot of Mightier's behavioral health video game treatment. Read more in Mobi Health News.

  • Massachusetts doctors urge the federal government to make recent changes to telehealth regulations permanent. Read more in Boston Business Journal.

  • The free dataset run by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center known as MIMIC received a major update when the fourth version was released. The new version includes data up to 2018, a big jump from the previous version that only went up to 2012. Read more in Physio.Net.

  • Dr. John Brownstein, Chief Innovation Officer for Boston Children's Hospital and a professor of epidemiology at Harvard Medical School recently talked with ABC News about the benefits of wearables and how they could possibly identify COVID-19 symptoms early. Watch on ABC News.

  • Boston Medical Center was one of four hospitals profield in a Health Tech Magazine piece on expanded telemedicine service. Chief Information Officer Dr. Rebecca Mishuris was able to stand up a system capable of handling 1,500 patients a day within just 48 hours. Read more at Health Tech Magazine.
Upcoming Events
Telehealth Online
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 9:00am

Telehealth Online is the destination for emerging and established telemedicine companies who are driving the healthcare industry of tomorrow to come together with providers, payers, life science investors, and pharmaceutical companies as we begin to settle into the uncertain yet inevitable, ‘new normal’. The Senior Vice President of Devices at American Well, Cory Costley, is scheduled as one of the speakers. 
Women's Health Innovation Summit
Date/Time: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 9:00am

The Women’s Health Innovation Summit (WHI) is THE platform for start-ups, investors, researchers and senior executives in pharma to drive innovation at the convergence of healthcare and technology. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Digital Health Innovation Group Program Manager Josie Elias is scheduled to speak on September 21 at 10:40 am on the Opportunities for Championing Innovations and Teaming with Entrepreneurs panel. 
Driving Health Care Strategy: Insights from Inside the Ecosystem
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

Insights from Inside the Ecosystem is a three-day Harvard Medical School executive education program designed to provide a 360 degree immersion into the forces shaping health care. 
Rock Health Summit 2020
Date & Time: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 12:00pm

Rock Health Summit is a two-day digital health conference that brings together diverse minds from technology, medicine, policy, and beyond for the most inspired and informed conversations in health care. Michael Greely of Flare Capital Partners is scheduled to speak on a panel on investing during the pandemic on September 22 at 3:50pm. 
DTx East 2020
Date & Time: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 9:00am

The DTx summits are the home for key decision makers in the rapidly growing digital therapeutics industry to meet, learn and connect. Pear Therapeutics Product Design Direcotr Madhavi Jagdish is speaking on September 17 at 3:20 pm as part of the Building a Healthcare Ecosystem for Digital Therapeutics Adoption panel. 
Digital Health Impact 2020
Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:30am

Join MassBio for their annual Digital Health Impact event as they examine the current state of digital health as it relates to the life sciences, the challenges facing its growth, and opportunities for collaboration. Brigham and Women’s Hospital Chief Information & Digital Innovation Officer Adam Landman is speaking on a panel on digital health innovation in the post-COVID era at 11:40am.
This newsletter is curated by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech as a coordinating entity for the Mass Digital Health Initiative, a public-private partnership building a stronger and more competitive digital health ecosystem across the Commonwealth. Learn more at

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