In December 2018, a group of Massachusetts employers founded the Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition with the goal of using their collective influence to uncover solutions that can drive real change in the healthcare delivery system and reduce costs. In November 2019, the Coalition released strategies and actions that employers can take to help meet the Coalition’s goal of achieving healthcare cost savings for consumers, employers, and state government. The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the MassTech Collaborative created this grant program to support the goals of the Coalition by offsetting the costs for Massachusetts digital health companies to pilot their products and services with Massachusetts employers. Through the grant program, MeHI hopes to reduce healthcare costs for Massachusetts employers and the Commonwealth as a whole, and to develop success stories for Massachusetts digital health companies.
To support both large and small employers, MeHI developed two tracks of the grant program.
- Track One is focused on custom projects between one digital health company and one or more employers that can demonstrate the ability for the proposed product or service to affect a large cohort of employees and eligible dependents.
- Track Two seeks proposals from digital health companies for standard pilot projects that demonstrate the opportunity for small employers with limited staff resources to implement a digital health technology that will positively affect overall healthcare costs.
An Independent Grant Evaluation Team will review all applications and make funding recommendations to MeHI.
Massachusetts digital health companies with products or services that help address employer healthcare costs can apply to one or both tracks of the grant program. MeHI will host an Informational Webinar on both tracks on December 4th.
Companies interested in Track One should submit an email to Paul Bosco at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2nd to be listed as a potential partner on the program page.
Concept papers, the first step in the application process for either track, are due January 30, 2020. Learn more about the guidelines, application process, and deadlines for each track.
Massachusetts employers interested in piloting digital health products or services through either Track One or Track Two should sign up to receive periodic updates on the program and should register for the informational webinar on December 4th.
Employers interested in partnering on projects through Track One should check back in December for profiles on potential company partners.
Employers interested in implementing pilots approved through Track Two, should sign up for updates. MeHI will provide more information when the Standard Projects are approved in June 2020.