News from Mass Digital Health - July 2020
Massachusetts COVID-19 Information
To get the latest updates on everything that is happening with the COVID-19 response in Massachusetts please visit mass.gov/covid19 . 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
The Mass Digital Health Jobs Board is the place to go if you are looking for a career or internship in digital health. With over 1,000 posted positions from 350 companies, it’s the only jobs board dedicated to digital health in Massachusetts. Plus, it’s updated daily with new openings and allows you to search for careers in 12 different fields within the digital health ecosystem.

Start your search today at Jobs.MassDigitalHealth.org .

Don’t see your company’s open jobs? Send an email to Paul Bosco ( bosco@masstech.org ) to get started.
NuEyes Launches Pilot Program with
Mass. Commission for the Blind and the Mass. eHealth Institute
NuEyes , a leader in augmented reality (AR) smart glass solutions that empower those that suffer from severe vision loss, recently announced a new pilot study in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI). The pilot is being conducted as part of the 2020 MassChallenge HealthTech program, an effort to boost startups at the intersection of healthcare and technology supported by the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative .

This comprehensive pilot study will last 16 weeks and encompass 30 participants from across Massachusetts. During the study, a multitude of visually impaired focus groups will test five NuEyes head-worn devices that are slated for various commercial releases later this year, and into the first part of 2021. The groups will be focused on daily tasks, mobility issues, connectivity issues, as well as how well the current and future products affect their visual acuity. Current form factors, resolution of cameras, and the displays of these low-vision, head-worn magnifiers will also be evaluated to ensure that all future products will meet the necessary requirements to enable the visually impaired in new ways. Read More .
Applications Now Open for MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack

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.
HHS Launches $750,000 Loneliness Challenge
The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a new competition to address social isolation and loneliness in older adults. 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. 
Mass Digital Health Roundup
  • MassChallenge HealthTech announced the winners from their 2020 cohort. Now in its fourth year, the accelerator is planning a joint finale and launch of their next application period in September. Read more.

  • When businesses and offices closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Boston-based mobile eye care startup On-Site 2020 looked to clinical trials as a new source of revenue to sustain the company during this time, according to BostInno. Part of their pivot to clinical trials involved an 11,000 mile road trip across 12 states.


  • Boston-based Cake was recently featured extensively in a New York Times piece on the surging demand for end of life planning services.

  • Sunu, the makers of a smart wristband that helps the visually impaired, made it to the semifinals of the startup pitch TV show “Meet the Drapers.” Watch their appearance here. 


  • CareAcademy announced that it raised an additional $9.5 million in Series A funding, bringing its overall funding total to $13 million since launching in 2016. Read more via Home Healthcare News.

Upcoming Events
4th Annual IMPACCT: Driving Clinical Innovation Towards Truly Patient-Centric Clinical Trials
Date & Time: Monday, August 3, 2020 - 9:00am

Leading experts in digital health and clinical innovation tackle questions and share their latest case-studies.
The Voice of Healthcare Summit
Date & Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10:00am

The Voice of Healthcare Summit, named after the popular podcast “The Voice of Healthcare,” takes place as a virtual event.
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’.
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.
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. 
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 massdigitalhealth.org .

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