News from Mass Digital Health - January 2021
Digital Health Sandbox Program Adds MGH Lab, Awards Grants to Mass. Startups
In December 2020, MeHI welcomed the Medical Device Plug-and-Play Interoperability & Cybersecurity Program (MD PnP) at Massachusetts General Hospital as the ninth member of our expanding Sandbox Network. The MD PnP Lab brings nearly two decades of experience helping support innovation, prototyping, piloting, certification, and security assurance for digital health technologies and products.

Last week, MeHI announced $105,500 in new Sandbox Program grants to help Lexington-based Keva Health, Cambridge’s Dynocardia, and Boston’s caresyntax access the cutting-edge tools and staff at three innovative Sandbox R&D centers located in Massachusetts.

Read more about the Sandbox Program here.
Safe and Effective Aging in Place Challenge
AARP Innovation Labs and MassChallenge HealthTech are hosting a series of innovation challenges showcasing disruptive startups and technologies that empower people to choose how they live as they age. Have a solution that helps people age in place more effectively and safely? Apply by February 2nd. Learn more.
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge
Digital health companies are encouraged to apply to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge, a six-week business accelerator program for Massachusetts companies developing innovative solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants totaling $50,000 will go to the winning firms. Learn more about the Challenge or register to attend the February 3rd virtual Q&A session.
A Conversation with 1upHealth
MeHI Director Laurance Stuntz sat down with 1upHealth CEO Ricky Sahu to discuss FHIR APIs and membership in the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Network. In June 2020, MeHI announced the addition of Boston-based 1upHealth as the newest addition to the Massachusetts Digital Health Sandbox Network as the Network’s first “Sandbox Tool.

As a Sandbox Tool, 1upHealth provides digital health app developers with live access to medical records for over 280 million patients in Massachusetts and across the U.S., via their network of over 10,000 hospitals and health centers.
Mass Digital Health Welcomes the New Year with Hiring Rebound
Over the course of 2020, the digital health sector, like many sectors across the Commonwealth, experienced a drastic decline in job listings according to the Massachusetts Digital Health Jobs Board – a free resource which automatically aggregates and posts open Massachusetts Digital Health jobs. Our board opened 2020 with nearly 2,000 open roles but declined to just 900 in June. Since that time, we have seen a steady rebound in job openings in the sector and the Board featured over 1,500 jobs at the beginning of the year, a sign of a positive trend.

Mass Digital Health Roundup
  • Fierce Healthcare reported Micky Tripathi, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and national healthcare interoperability expert, has been tapped by President Joe Biden's administration to be the new National Coordinator.

  • Lexington’s Imprivata acquired FairWarning for undisclosed terms to expand their digital health privacy and security offerings, according to a press release from Imprivata.

  • Lexington’s Deerwalk, a healthcare data management, analytics, and business intelligence company, was acquired by Cedar Gate Technologies of Connecticut for undisclosed terms, according to a report by HIT Consultant.

  • Burlington’s HealthEdge Software, makers of a software for health insurance administration and management, acquired Altruista Health of Virginia for an undisclosed amount per a release on Business Wire.

  • Cambridge’s React Neuro, a startup founded on understanding brain health through the help of AI software and virtual reality technology, was recently profiled in the Boston Business Journal.
Upcoming Events
AARP Innovation Labs' Innovation Female-Founders Social Connection Challenge
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 4:00pm

Women founders with solutions that support long term relationship development and building, this may be of interest to you! From pen pals to romantic relationships, do you have a disruptive solution that will help develop better relationships?
Building for Digital Health 2021
Date & Time: February 1st - 7th, 2021

Discover, engage, and build at Building for Digital Health 2021 from February 1st-7th. This free, virtual event features a series of 90-min tech talks and a 3-day hackathon. The event is organized by MIT Hacking Medicine in partnership with Google Cloud and supported by Apple Health.
COVID Challenge 4: ConnectTech Innovations Application Q&A Session
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm

A virtual information session will take place to describe the application process for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge, a six-week business accelerator program for Massachusetts companies developing innovative solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Innovations in Caregiving: COVID, Caregiving Intensity, and Mental Health

Date & Time: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 1:00pm

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Caregiver Coalition, will host the inaugural event in the new "Innovations in Caregiving" virtual series, a series designed to publicize research data and highlight innovative approaches, products, and services that respond to the data points and empower caregivers.
Data, Analytics & AI for Precision Medicine (part of Molecular Med TRI-CON Virtual)
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 9:00am

This conference is aimed at those looking to enhance lab processes and leverage data to enhance efficiencies and improve outcomes, from pharma/biotech companies; clinical labs; lab service suppliers/CROs; diagnostic developers; medical device manufacturers; and technology/software providers, tackling this bold new data challenge and advancing the field of precision medicine.
AARP Innovation Labs' Safe and Effective Aging in Place Challenge
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 4:00pm

AARP Innovation Labs and MassChallenge HealthTech are embarking on a global search for solutions that help people age in place more effectively and safely.
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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