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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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Boston's Akili Says Video Game Helped Children with ADHD in Landmark Study

December 4, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs has gotten one step closer to winning the first FDA approval for a “digital therapeutic,” saying Monday that a video game it developed to treat ADHD had performed well in a pivotal trial.

Akili, a spinout of PureTech Health, announced positive results from the study, in which 348 children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD played either the company’s tablet-based game or a similar “placebo” game over the course of four weeks.

By: Max Stendahl

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Podcast: “People Want to Get Older and Stay and Continue to Live in the Community That’s Home for Them."

November 28, 2017

Source: Continuum

By: Mike Dunkley, Ken Gordon

The Resonance Test 17 Podcast with Secretary Alice Bonner and Laurance Stuntz on innovations around aging and digital health.

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CMS Data Shows PatientPing's ACO Users Are Saving More

November 16, 2017

Source: mobihealthnews

By: Laura Lovett

National data sets from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveal that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that use PatientPing, a care coordination platform, have seen higher savings than other ACOs, the company reported.

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HUBWeek Panel Presents the Women Behind Digital Health

October 25, 2017

Source: MedTech Boston

As part of the HUB week series, the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative hosted an Oct. 13 panel entitled “The Women Behind Digital Health.” The panel was moderated by Maeghan Welford, who is the Chief of Staff at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and a Senior Advisor at the Mass Digital Health Initiative.

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How Boston has Transformed Itself into a Powerful Digital Health Ecosystem

August 3, 2017

Source: MedCityNews

By: Taha Jangda

In January 2016, a coalition of leaders including Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and industry executives announced an initiative to invest in digital health. From the beginning of the initiative, Baker and other key stakeholders envisioned a future in which Boston would be a national epicenter for digital health innovation.

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Technology Can Lend a Hand to Family Caregivers

July 30, 2017

Source: Telegram & Gazette

By: Susan Spencer

John Dowd of Worcester moved back home a few years ago to care for his father, who had Alzheimer’s disease, while managing his own job in field service, a position that required him to travel. He relied on a panoply of technology to make it work: internet-connected security cameras, shoes with GPS tracking insoles, door alarms, medication dispensers with alerts, Google Calendar and lots of texting among his eight siblings for the “constant rotation” of people bringing in dinners.

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Cultivating the Good in American Healthcare

July 3, 2017

Source: LinkedIn

Blog Post from Jonathan Bush CEO and Co-founder at athenahealth.

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3 Areas Where Digital Technology Could Ease the Burden for Family Caregivers

June 28, 2017

Source: FierceHealthcare

By: Evan Sweeney

Opportunities exist for digital tools to ease the isolation and stress that family caregivers often experience while caring for a loved one, many of whom are open to solutions that provide easy access to information.

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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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