News from Mass Digital Health - June 2021
Massachusetts eHealth Institute Launches
the Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech is seeking digital health startups with solutions for unpaid family caregivers to compete in the Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge. The Challenge is focused on finding innovative solutions to assist unpaid caregivers who provide support to loved ones outside of traditional child rearing. Challenge finalists will compete for prizes worth $250,000!

Through the support of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and their SPRINT Challenge Grant, the competition aims to uncover digital health solutions that can support these caregivers by helping them return to work or to face challenges that were exacerbated by the pandemic. 

  • Up to eight (8) applicants will be selected to participate in a three-month accelerator run by Lever, Inc.

  • During the accelerator, finalists will participate in a series of lean startup workshops and will receive tailored expert mentoring to develop their solution, business plan, and go-to-market strategy.

  • The Challenge will culminate in a pitch event in November where participants will compete for up to $100,000 in tuition to one of the Sandboxes. This level of funding typically covers extensive UX testing, access to cutting edge lab facilities, and subject matter experts, OR a pilot in a healthcare setting. 

Applications due by July 30th!
HLTH 2021 Comes to Boston this Fall
This fall, Boston will play host to one of the largest digital health conferences in the country: HLTH 2021!

We're excited to promote this national conference, which will provide a stellar platform to promote the #MassDigitalHealth ecosystem.

The conference will take place October 17-20 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in the Seaport District.

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

Check out the list of 2021 speakers.

Interested in being part of a coordinated presence for the MassDigitalHealth ecosystem at HLTH 2021? Please complete our HLTH 2021 survey and email Paul Bosco at the Mass. eHealth Institute for more info.
Zus Health Launches with Series A Round
Watertown has a new digital health titan with the launch of Zus Health (pronounced Zeus), which recently received $34 million in Series A financing. The new firm aims to "eliminate redundancies" and to address "waste and duplication – efforts that drive up costs and are so ingrained in the industry because of a failure to share information."

The company, founded by former athenahealth founder and CEO Jonathan Bush, received the new investment from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). F-Prime Capital, Maverick Ventures, Rock Health, Martin Ventures, and Oxeon Investments.
According to the launch press release, Zus will "offer tools/capabilities across the tech stack in areas including healthcare workflows, data acquisition and enrichment, data platforms, and patient identify and control.
Learn more in the press release or in coverage from Fierce Healthcare
Application Deadline Approaching:
Mass Digital Health Sandbox Program
The next application deadline for the Digital Health Sandbox Program is Wednesday, July 7th. Digital health startups can apply for grants up to $50,000 to offset the fees to test and validate their solutions at one of the nine Massachusetts Digital Health Sandboxes.

The first step in applying for a grant is to contact a Sandbox to determine if they can support your company. Interested applicants are encouraged to email Program Manager Katie Green to learn more about the program and opportunities at the Sandboxes.
The program accepts applications on a rolling basis, but applications are reviewed quarterly. After July 7th, the next application deadline will be in October.
Mass Digital Health Roundup
  • Boston's Iora Health was acquired by One Medical in a $2.1 billion "all-stock transaction" according to The Boston Globe. You can also read the press release announcing the deal.

  • Pear Therapeutics will go public through a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) merger valuing the combined company at $1.6 billion according to The Boston Globe.

  • Butterfly Network, Inc. (NYSE: BFLY) will construct a new building in Burlington, Mass., and will relocate its headquarters from Connecticut. The press release announcing the move touted the "innovative landscape across Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts".

  • Baystate Health's tech innovation center TechSpring is partnering with Natick-based Statum Systems to help the company drive product innovation and to "bring its StatumHEALTH platform to market faster and with greater assurance of acceptance within the medical community."
Upcoming Events
Washington Post Digital Health Panel

Date & Time: Thursday, June 24, 2021, 10 a.m.
The Washington Post will host a digital health panel covering "the accelerated growth of telehealth, to the advent of digital therapeutics and diagnostics, to digitized data infrastructure."

The event is sponsored by MITRE and will feature:

  • John Brownstein, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children's; &
  • Tufia C. Haddad, M.D., Medical Director of Care Anywhere, Center for Digital Health, and Chair of Practice Innovation and Platform, Mayo Clinic.

Stream here:

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 will feature speakers from the Alzheimer’s Association, Kinto, and SeniorLink presenting data about the increasing prevalence of dementia, the demands this places on families and caregivers, and how the Kinto and SeniorLink solutions are making a difference.
"2021 Hack for Rare" Kickoff Event

Date & Time: June 25, 2021, 12 p.m.
The Children’s Tumor Foundation and MIT Hacking Medicine are hosting Hack4Rare, a call for healthcare startups, developers, solutions architects, and hackathon enthusiasts to join researchers, clinicians, and patients to develop solutions built around a number of rare diseases including neurofibromatosis, PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome, RASopathies, and Desmoid Tumors.
Hack4Rare runs from June 25 - July 30, 2021.

Register for the kickoff event on June 25th below.
Remote Patient Monitoring Virtual Summit

Date & Time: July 13-14, 2021
Two-day forum hosted by mHealth Intelligence, focused on 'Moving Patient Care Back to the Home." From the organizers:

As health systems and hospitals continue their quest to shift care to the home setting, they’re looking at remote patient monitoring programs to facilitate that care. Using a mixture of telemedicine platforms, mHealth tools and in-person care, RPM programs hold the promise of improving patient engagement and outcomes while reducing costs and waste by making the best use of hospital resources.

In this virtual event, a keynote from a health system that has launched an RPM program will be featured, as well as sessions on reimbursement and sustainability, choosing the right technology and facilitating patient and staff buy-in and support.
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