Industry News


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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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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Intergenerational Hackfest Sparks Innovation

June 7, 2017

Source: Olin College

On Saturday, June 3, residents and staff from five local senior living communities joined forces with Olin College students and professionals in aging services for the LeadingAge MA Hackfest at North Hill in Needham, Massachusetts. The goal of Hackfest is to create a “technology-driven product or service aimed at improving the lives of older adults and their families.”

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Partners, GE collaborate to bring artificial intelligence to health care

May 17, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett

Partners HealthCare and GE Healthcare are launching a 10-year partnership to bring artificial intelligence into every area of the hospital’s operations.

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Polaris Partners unveils $435M fund for tech and healthcare startups

May 4, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Kelly J. O'Brien
Boston-based Polaris Partners on Thursday unveiled a new investment fund — the firm's eighth — with $435 million ready to deploy. Founded in 1996, the firm has raised more than $4.3 billion lifetime.

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This HBS Startup Wants to Be Your New Health Care Sidekick

April 28, 2017

Source: BostonInno

By: Lucia Maffei
-Nate Maslak and Nate Fox founded HealthWiz after witnessing the efforts that their family members put into finding effective health care.
-The focus of HealthWiz is partnering with smaller firms that just became self-insured.
-HealthWiz is one of the companies that BostInno included in its list of 14 most promising startups from HBS.

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Boston startup scores in deal that will give its wearable to every NFL player

April 25, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Kelly O'Brien
The bands are made by Whoop, a Boston-based startup that on Monday became the first company officially licensed by the NFL Players Association to provide wearable devices to track players' health and recovery data.

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Digital health company ZappRx raises $25M

April 20, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
ZappRx is planning to grow its specialty pharmaceutical management platform, thanks to a $25 million funding round announced today.

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