Industry News


Below you can find digital health industry news, including recently published articles, announcements, opinion pieces from industry thought leaders, event recaps, and profiles of featured Massachusetts digital health companies.

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News Release: athenahealth Announces Acquisition of Arsenal Health, formerly known as Smart Scheduling, Inc.

April 14, 2016

Source: athenahealth

Arsenal Health was athenahealth’s first investment via the ‘More Disruption Please’ (MDP) Accelerator and benefitted from direct access to athenahealth’s internal resources, expertise, and network of over 75,000 providers. The acquisition will make Arsenal Health’s schedule optimization solution widely available as a native part of athenaNet – moving Arsenal Health from third-party service delivered via the athenahealth® Marketplace to a native capability that will be available to customers via athenaCoordinator.

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Mass. Digital Health Initiative: Progress Update

March 8, 2016

Source: Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative

We recently shared an announcement of the new Boston-based innovation hub for digital health startups.

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Medical technology meets plastics innovation during Massachusetts Medtech Week

March 4, 2016

Source: Plastics Today

By Norbert Sparrow
Massachusetts Medtech Week returns to Boston next month, when the BIOMEDevice Boston conference and expo, co-located with PLASTEC New England, Design & Manufacturing New England and the Embedded Systems Conference, brings together medtech engineers and innovators with hundreds of suppliers of products and services. Two conference tracks will explore medical device design and biomedical innovation in the company of industry experts, while Center Stage and Tech Theater hold court on the show floor hosting technology and product briefs. For the second year in a row, the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), the largest regional medical device association in the country, is holding its annual conference in conjunction with the event.

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Report: Biotech, med device wages climb 18 percent over five years

March 2, 2016

Source: The Boston Globe | betaBoston

By: Curt Woodward
Wages in Massachusetts’ healthcare technology industry jumped nearly one-fifth over a recent five-year period, highlighting the sector’s strength as state officials try to encourage broader investment from private companies.

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HPC Announces Opportunity for Nearly $10M in Grant Funding to Meet Cost Containment Goals and Address Opioid Crisis

March 2, 2016


BOSTON – Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - Proposals to focus on innovative health care initiatives to cut costs, enhance access to behavioral health care through use of telemedicine, and improve care for infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy

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Mass General Hospital teams with MIT spinoff Cogito on behavioral health analyzer

February 24, 2016

Source: Healthcare IT News

By Bernie Monegain
Program hopes to tackle depression and bipolar disorders with an app designed to use voice patterns to detect emotions.

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eClinicalWorks enters acute care electronic medical records market

February 23, 2016

Source: Worcester Business Journal

eClinicalWorks, the Westborough-based creator of health care IT solutions, is entering the United States acute care electronic health records (EHR) market.

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IBM announces $2.6 billion acquisition to boost power of Watson Health

February 19, 2016

Source: BetaBoston - The Boston Globe

By: Nidhi Subbaraman
IBM Corp. is building the analytical muscle of its Watson Health unit with a $2.6 billion acquisition of medical data company Truven Health Analytics announced Thursday.

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UnitedHealth unit to hire hundreds for new Fenway office

February 10, 2016

Source: Boston Business Journal / Healthcare Inc.

Boston - A subsidiary of health care giant UnitedHealth Group is taking a giant leap from the suburbs to relocate to Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, with plans to move 400 employees to new office space and hire an additional 400.

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Philadelphia health tech firm sets up Charlestown innovation lab

February 5, 2016

Source: Boston Business Journal

Charlestown - When pharmaceutical and biotech companies are developing drugs, they reach out to ERT to help manage the clinical trial process.

But the Philadelphia-based company is going a step further starting this month, opening a 5,410-square-foot innovation lab at its existing Charlestown campus to encourage partnerships with other companies. The goal is to collect data for clinical trials in a more streamlined way, using upcoming technology and integrating with existing technology to study drugs and their effect.

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