Top 5 Reasons to Move to Massachusetts for Digital Health

August 5, 2019
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Exploring why healthcare and tech professionals are ‘shipping up to Boston’ and other Mass. towns to fill Digital health jobs

The digital health ecosystem is booming in Massachusetts. With 339 companies and 1,725 open jobs, Massachusetts has *more open job opportunities* than many other regions have combined. This growing sector is also attracting people from across the country who are seeking exciting career opportunities, but also cutting-edge research, top thought-leaders, and emerging startups.

We wanted to know what drew them to the MassDigitalHealth ecosystem, so we took to social media to ask ‘Why did you move here for digital health?’ The people answered our call and we heard them loud and clear.

Here are some of the top responses from Michelle Pliskin, Product Manager at American Well; Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, PhD., Design Research Lead and Strategist at IBM Watson Health; Amanda Guisbond, former Marketing & Communications at athenahealth and American Well; Christina Samaha, a Speech Language Pathologist and Entrepreneur; and Natalie Cantave, Marketing & Events Coordinator at MassChallenge HealthTech.

1. Boston is the 4th largest college city in the U.S.

“With so many colleges, there is a constant flow of new ideas, new ways of doing things, and new blood always coming into the industry. Boston is bound to be a place that’s really changing things in healthcare.” - Michelle Pliskin, American Well


2. Boston is the world’s 3rd highest-producing city for scientific output

"I moved from Michigan to Boston specifically to pursue a career in HealthTech design research. I knew this was the right place to meet other kindred entrepreneurial spirits who also share a passion for data and evidence." 
- Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, PhD, IBM Watson Health

In the Longwood Medical Area, a world-class health epicenter in the City of Boston, there are over 60,000 scientists, researchers, and students driving innovation and healthcare through data and evidence at some of the nation’s top institutions and universities.

3. Boston is a national and world leader in healthcare and technology

“For me, working at the intersection of healthcare and technology is THE best place to be. You have the fast-paced innovative nature of tech combined with the mission and meaning behind helping people and saving lives.” - Amanda Guisbond, formerly athenahealth & American Well

Consistently named to lists of the nation’s top life sciencebiopharma, and tech hubs, Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are a melting pot for health/tech.

The Boston area is home to 25 hospitals and 20 community health centers, two hospitals named to the U.S. News and World Report’s Top 20 Hospitals Honor Roll, and 4 hospital and health system-based innovation programs,

Boston is home to numerous institutions that showcase the top healthcare talent and drive innovation at the intersection of health and tech. Beyond the Hub, the organization TechSpring is bringing national healthcare and tech companies to the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, where they’re utilizing a ‘living lab’ approach to digital health innovation. And in Central Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is host to the PracticePoint research, development, and commercialization alliance to advance healthcare technologies.

4. State of Digital Health Innovation

“The combo of providers, payers, S&T, academia, start-ups, and large companies operating in the area [allow] for partnership and business opportunities.” - Christina Samaha. Speech Language Pathologist & Entrepreneur


With just shy of $669 million invested into the digital health ecosystem at the close of Q2 2019, Boston is the second most active innovation hub in the United States according to StartUp Health.

How has the city climbed to and maintained its rankings? By building and strengthening connections between startups and key stakeholders, creating an opportunity for collaboration to drive innovation.

The mix of key innovation and R&D-intensive industries, from AI, data analytics, robotics, and fintech, plus the strong venture capital and financing available, make Massachusetts: 

The U.S. Chamber Foundation also pointed out Boston’s “startup density and capital access” for the reason it listed the city as #1 in its “Innovation that Matters” report.

5. A dense job market for digital health enthusiasts

“If you’re a young professional looking to start your career in digital health, Boston is hands down the place to move to. There are so many interesting companies that you can work for - and they want you! I’m thankful that I moved to Boston because I’ve been able to establish a network of inspiring professionals through my early career and take advantage of so many unique opportunities so far.” - Natalie Cantave, MassChallenge HealthTech, on why she moved to Boston after graduating from college.

Of the 3.7 million Massachusetts employees identified by federal jobs data in 2018, nearly half a million (13.5%) work directly in a digital health job or work in a healthcare-adjacent industry (hospitals, labs, pharmacies, etc.) that could be impacted by digital health, highlighting the large base of employers and potential customers in the state. And with over 120 digital health and health IT companies in the city of Boston alone, there is never a shortage of jobs to be found.


Interested in applying for a job at top digital health organizations like Philips HealthcareGE Healthcare’s eHealth Solutions, PatientPing, or Boston Children’s Hospital?

Check out current openings on our MassDigitalHealth jobs board and apply today!