News from Mass Digital Health - February 2021
MeHI Awards $190,000 to Reduce Healthcare Costs
MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, recently awarded $190,000 to two grantees who are working with Massachusetts employers to reduce healthcare costs: Fitbit is conducting a randomized control trial with UMass Memorial Health Care employees to better prevent and manage cardiometabolic diseases, and Vincere Health to conduct a pilot of their smartphone-connected smoking cessation solution with Boston Medical Center employees. Read More.
Massachusetts Sandbox Spotlight: MITRE
Massachusetts is home to a variety of cutting-edge research and development facilities, or ‘sandboxes.’ These organizations provide a wide range of services supporting the lifecycle of validation and testing for digital health companies. MITRE is one of the nine sandboxes in the Massachusetts Digital Health Network. MITRE’s digital health sandbox provides open source tools like Synthea and related expertise to support the digital health community. Through public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, MITRE works across government and in partnership with industry to discover new possibilities, create unexpected opportunities, and lead by pioneering together for the public good to bring innovative ideas into existence. Learn more about MITRE.
The $100,000 Synthetic Health Data Challenge
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, is inviting providers, researchers, and developers to participate in their multi phased Synthetic Health Data Challenge. Participants are expected to develop innovative tools and resources that support validation and novel uses of synthetic data for researchers and/or health IT developers. The Challenge is an important component of the Synthetic Health Data Generation to Accelerate PCOR Project and utilizes the Synthea™, a synthetic health data engine managed by MITRE. Up to six winners will be selected for prizes ranging from $10,000 – $50,000. The deadline to apply for Phase I is March 3rd. Read more.
Submit an Event to the MassDigitalHealth Calendar
Submit your organization’s next event to the Massachusetts Digital Health events calendar so it can be featured in our next newsletter and on the Initiative’s website. While events may be virtual for now, they are still a great way to build industry connections, find emerging business opportunities, learn about innovative products, discover local talent, or uncover new funding sources. Go to for more.
Mass Digital Health Roundup
  • Watertown’s athenahealth and Humana of Louisville announced a multi-year agreement to develop a new feature for electronic health records that will give providers real-time insights into Humana patients’ health needs. The insights will come from an analysis of Humana’s insurance data. The pilot for the new features is expected to rollout in the second and third quarter of this year. The full roll out is expected to run into 2022. Louisville Business First

  • Valo Health of Boston closed a round of $190M in Series B financing led by The Public Sector Pension Investment Board per filings obtained by BostInno.

  • Cambridge’s Watershed Informatics, a bioinformatics startup, raised $3.5M in equity according to BostInno.

  • Boston Scientific is in the process of acquiring Preventice Solutions, a Minneapolis based wearable cardiac sensor maker, for over $925 million, per a report in MobiHealthNews.
Upcoming Events
Sensors Summit Virtual
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 9:00am

This conference will focus on design, development, and commercialization of various sensor and sensor-enabled devices in healthcare, including case studies from experts at established OEMs and promising start-ups.
MedTech IGNITE Final Live Pitch Event
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 11:00am

Six founders will compete for cash prizes to culminate this year’s IGNITE program!
Evaluating the Feasibility of 3D-printed Parts for Medical Pressure-related Devices
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 12:00pm

EWI set up an internal R&D project to determine the feasibility of using 3D-printed parts to meet the short-term demand of supplies during the COVID pandemic.
MassMEDIC Virtual Town Hall
Date & Time: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00pm

This Town Hall features Rep. Lori Trahan who serves as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district, as well as Joe Mullings, CEO of the Mullings Group.
Healthcare Technology - Challenges to the Supply Chain in the COVID Era

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 5:30pm

Learn how the CEOs of pharmaceutical and medical technology companies in the US and China are adapting to this changing and uncertain world trading environment. Professor Willy Shih from Harvard Business School will also share his perspective on the outlook for supply chains serving US and global medical and pharma manufacturers.
Disruptive Innovation Summit - Health and BioTech

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 9:00am

Hosted by OneTraction Ventures, this event is organized into multi-tracks, including thought leadership, fireside chats, discussions, corporate demos, startup demos, networking sessions and more. 
AI in Healthcare & Pharma Virtual Summit

Date & Time: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 11:00am

Discover the AI methods & tools set to revolutionize healthcare, medicine & diagnostics, as well as industry applications and key insights at this now virtual summit hosted by Re-Work. Speakers are still being added.
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