News from Mass Digital Health - Oct. 2019
Massachusetts Cybersecurity Week
Our partners at the MassCyberCenter hosted the first-ever Massachusetts Cybersecurity Week, which took place last week. The purpose of the Week was to highlight the robust cybersecurity ecosystem that exists in our state. Companies focused on the cybersecurity challenges in the healthcare world like Pixm and Cybereason have played a significant part in the growth of the state’s cybersecurity ecosystem. Healthcare systems, particularly hospitals, face a growing array of cyberthreats everyday.

Check out the activity that happened during # MassCyberWeek on Twitter.
Cybersecurity Toolkit
In 2019, MassChallenge HealthTech, worked with cybersecurity and IT experts from the Mass. Digital Health Council and partner organizations like the MassCyberCenter to create a cybersecurity toolkit for digital health companies of all sizes. The toolkit contains resources for digital health companies interested in working with Massachusetts hospitals, guides to best practices, and a checklist for key security and standardization requirements.
Tap Into TechSpring’s Cybersecurity Event
Earlier this month Baystate Health's innovation center TechSpring hosted a packed event on cybersecurity and digital health. The panel featuring Bay State Health Chief Information Security Office Kevin Hamel, Cybersecurity Expert Laz Montano and TechSpring's Madey Dybdahl discussed the various cyber threats facing digital health companies today. You can watch the discussion here
Boston's Sunu Wins AARP's National Grand Pitch Competition
Boston-based startup Sunu beat out nine other finalists to win the $5,000 grand prize at AARP’s Grand Pitch competition in Washington, D.C. Sunu makes smart wristbands that use echolocation technology to help the visually imparied better navigate their surroundings. Sunu was not the only Massachusetts company to make the final round of the competition. Pong Robotics of Concord and Loro of Boston were also finalists. Read more .
Busting the Successful Startup Founder Myth
Heather Waibel, founder and CEO of Welnys and winner of the 2019 MassChallenge HealthTech 'Women in Digital Health' award, has broken barriers as a solo, female company founder. Like many women in the digital health word, Heather faced significant challenges that many of her male counterparts did not. Here’s how she cleared significant obstacles to get where she is today .
Price is Right Data Challenge Applications Are Open
Consumers have a difficult time figuring out what their health care actually costs. This challenge aims to tackle that problem by developing tools that inform consumers of their health care options and costs so they can make better decisions. Participants will use actual cost data from Massachusetts and New Hampshire and be evaluated on how well their tools turn complex data into simple information, identify opportunities to lower costs of care, and assist consumers in making decisions . Read more about the challenge here and apply here . The application deadline is November 7th .
Apply for the Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program
Do you run a test environment for startups? Is your firm looking for a sandbox to further develop your products? We are seeking applications from companies and sandboxes to help grow our Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program. Read More .

MeHI will be announcing an expansion of the program soon to include more sandbox environments. Sign up for updates and look for a special edition of the newsletter with more information.
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 in digital health. With nearly 2,000 posted positions from over 330 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 openings in 12 different fields in the digital health ecosystem. Start your search today at

Don’t see your company’s jobs posted? Send an email to Paul Bosco ( ) to get started.   
Massachusetts Digital Health is Going to HLTH 2019
Held this year at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, HLTH is one of the largest annual digital health conferences in the world. For four days, HLTH brings “together payers, providers, employers, investors, fast-growing startups, pharma, policymakers and innovation centers to ask one question: how do we create the future of health?”

The Massachusetts digital health ecosystem will be well represented at this event with people, speakers, booths, pavilions, and events throughout the four days of the conference. Organizations and hospitals such as:, Atlas Health, Boston Children's Hospital, Cambridge Semantics, Dynamicare Health, Flare Capital Partners, iGetBetter Inc., MassChallenge HealthTech, Orbita, Patient Ping, and more.

In 2021, HLTH will be in Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. If you are interested in helping promote the Massachusetts ecosystem please reach out to us directly .  
Mass Digital Health Roundup

Upcoming Mass Digital Health Events
X-CON 2019: Digital Health Gets Real
Date & Time: TODAY! Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Join Xconomy for their annual X·CON, an elite business conference at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA—just outside of Boston. This year's summit, focused on the realities of digital health, is aimed at leaders who seek answers to the industry's most urgent questions—and want to participate in shaping its future.
Aging 2.0's Revolutionize Conference
Date & Time: Friday, October 25, 2019 - 8:00am to 6:00pm

The Boston Chapter of Aging 2.0, together with the Age Friendly Foundation and Mass eHealth Institute, is hosting its first ever “Revolutionize” conference with the goal of promoting creative collaborations among the varied sectors engaged in aging services.
Medical Device Development Immersion
Date & Time: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 3:00pm

Medical Device Development Immersion is a two-day course examining all aspects of medical device development in detail. Starting with the changing regulatory environment, the conference will review different regulatory pathways and compare FDA vs. EU approval processes.
How to Scale without Getting Scathed
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

The path from innovation to established company is crucial and could mean the difference between game-changing growth or derailment. Join Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, on 10/29 as they welcome a panel of experts to delve into strategies to support your company’s growth as it enters the scaling phase.
The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Awards
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Awards is the Commonwealth’s most prestigious tech awards program, dubbed the “Academy Awards” of tech. The program kicks off each April with a nomination period and culminates in November with an annual Awards celebration that draws top executives and teams from companies throughout the Commonwealth. The Awards Gala brings together hundreds of the region’s top tech leaders and innovators to network and celebrate the region’s top leaders, companies, and technologies.
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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