On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Governor Charlie Baker announced a new grant program administered by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the MassTech Collaborative and designed to open doors for healthcare technology startups to access cutting-edge research and development facilities, or ‘sandboxes.' The Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program facilitates Massachusetts sandbox environments in supporting the lifecycle of research and development for digital health companies.
Massachusetts is home to a variety of sandbox environments offering different services, but all can help digital health companies validate new products, services, and their value proposition. The first sandbox identified under the program is PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Many small digital health companies would benefit from the services offered at these sandboxes, but the cost of entry is often prohibitive. The Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program provides financial assistance on behalf of Massachusetts companies so that they can access Massachusetts sandboxes, supporting the companies in their product development and expanding the user base for the sandbox environments. The program is administered by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and advised by an Independent Steering Committee.
Apply to a Sandbox
The Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program is initially launching with PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Massachusetts companies seeking financial assistance to access the services at PracticePoint are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but initial applications are due June 10, 2019.
Guide the Future of the Program
MeHI and the Independent Steering Committee are seeking feedback from companies and sandboxes on their needs and capabilities to help grow the program. Massachusetts based test environments interested in participating in the Digital Health Sandbox Grant Program and Massachusetts companies interested in partnering with a sandbox not currently in the program, tell us about your needs:
Independent Steering Committee
|Adam Landman - Chair||Brigham and Women's Hospital|
|Rick Weisblatt||Harvard Pilgrim Health Care|
|Ed Park||Devoted Health|