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New Survey Research Report Looks at Home Caregivers & Potential of Digital Health Technologies

June 27, 2017

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech

BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI) hosted an event to launch a new research report undertaken by the MassINC Polling Group focused on the attitudes of caregivers in Massachusetts toward digital health technologies, identifying challenges faced by these caregivers and ways that they could benefit practically and emotionally from future technologies. The report, “Caregivers and Digital Health: A Survey of Trends and Attitudes of Massachusetts Family Caregivers,” found that over 60 percent of those surveyed said being a caregiver disrupts their lives “a great deal” or a “fair amount,” with many feeling isolated due to the constant 24/7/365 stress of that lifestyle, and also found that digital health technologies could assist with certain challenges.

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These Startups Want to Save You a Trip to the Drugstore

June 16, 2017

Source: Boston Globe

By: Scott Kirsner
[T.J.] Parker runs the Somerville startup PillPack, which eliminates the need to visit a pharmacy, delivering prescriptions by mail. Since the company was founded in 2013, it has raised about $118 million in funding, built a highly automated pharmacy in Manchester, N.H., and grown to more than 500 employees.

Along with another Boston startup, ZappRx, it hopes to eliminate the familiar headache of driving to the drugstore and standing in line, only to find that someone forgot to do something, and the crinkly white bag isn’t there waiting for you.

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Innovation Boost: 3 Digital Health Startups Win Cash To Accelerate Business

June 14, 2017

Source: WBUR

By: Rachel Zimmerman
Three digital health startups — one to help detect concussions, another to streamline emergency medicine, and a third to improve the mental health of seniors — were awarded a total of $200,000 Tuesday as part of an innovative accelerator program aimed at boosting such ventures across the state.

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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $250,000 for Massachusetts Digital Health Innovation Labs

June 13, 2017

Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Boston – June 13, 2017 – The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $250,000 to Digital Health Innovation Labs in the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, a second round of funding that will provide $170,000 to support the PULSE@MassChallenge digital health hub in Boston and $80,000 for Baystate Health’s TechSpring technology innovation center in Springfield.

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PULSE@MassChallenge Awards $200,000 to Top Digital Health Startups

June 13, 2017

Source: PULSE@MassChallenge

BOSTON, JUNE 13, 2017 – MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, tonight awarded shares of $200,000 in zero-equity prizes to three digital health startups from the inaugural PULSE @MassChallenge cohort. More than 600 of the region's engaged digital health community gathered at the Wilbur Theater to celebrate the entrepreneurs, premier a behind-the-scenes documentary of the startups' journey, and hear from leading healthcare organizations and policymakers, including Governor Charlie Baker, who keynoted the event.

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PULSE@MassChallenge Unveils First-Ever Digital Health Cohort

December 13, 2016

Source: MassChallenge

Digital health lab to connect promising startups with world-class partners and resources for zero-equity

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Massachusetts & Israeli Organizations Sign Cybersecurity Agreement

December 11, 2016

Source: The Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts

TEL AVIV - Agreement between MassTech and CyberSpark Will Drive Joint Research, Training, and Academic Exchanges Between Global Cyber Hubs

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Governor Baker Establishes Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council

November 22, 2016

Source: Mass.gov

Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of a Digital Healthcare Council, a comprehensive public-private partnership that will advise the administration on the future of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry. The council stems from the momentum of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, launched in January 2016.

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With Watson Health, IBM bets big on health care

August 30, 2016

Source: Boston Globe

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey
IBM is making a big bet on health care, and it’s doing it here in the technology and life sciences hub of Massachusetts. Since IBM Watson Health was launched in 2015, the company has made four acquisitions worth about $4 billion and forged numerous partnerships with major hospitals, drug makers, and other companies.

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New Release: HHS announces challenge to redesign the medical bill for patients

May 9, 2016

Source: HHS.gov U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Speaking at the annual Health Datapalooza conference today, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M.

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