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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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IBM announces $2.6 billion acquisition to boost power of Watson Health

February 19, 2016

Source: BetaBoston - The Boston Globe

By: Nidhi Subbaraman
IBM Corp. is building the analytical muscle of its Watson Health unit with a $2.6 billion acquisition of medical data company Truven Health Analytics announced Thursday.

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UnitedHealth unit to hire hundreds for new Fenway office

February 10, 2016

Source: Boston Business Journal / Healthcare Inc.

Boston - A subsidiary of health care giant UnitedHealth Group is taking a giant leap from the suburbs to relocate to Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, with plans to move 400 employees to new office space and hire an additional 400.

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Philadelphia health tech firm sets up Charlestown innovation lab

February 5, 2016

Source: Boston Business Journal

Charlestown - When pharmaceutical and biotech companies are developing drugs, they reach out to ERT to help manage the clinical trial process.

But the Philadelphia-based company is going a step further starting this month, opening a 5,410-square-foot innovation lab at its existing Charlestown campus to encourage partnerships with other companies. The goal is to collect data for clinical trials in a more streamlined way, using upcoming technology and integrating with existing technology to study drugs and their effect.

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Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

January 7, 2016

Source: The Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.

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U.S. Hospitals Engaging Only 2 Percent of Patients via Mobile Apps, Putting as Much as $100 Million in Annual Revenue [Per Hospital] at Risk, Accenture Finds

January 6, 2016

Source: Accenture Press Release

Accenture Press Release
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New research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has found that only 2 percent of patients in the largest U.S. hospitals are using hospital-provided mobile health apps. Accenture estimates that failure to align mobile apps to the services consumers’ demand could cost each of these hospitals, on average, more than $100 million in lost annual revenue.

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Smarter Lenses: Newly Launched Mobile Eye-Test Device Could Lead to Prescription Virtual-Reality Screens

October 19, 2015

Source: MIT News

By: Rob Matheson
After five years of development and about 40,000 tests worldwide, the smartphone-powered eye-test devices developed by MIT spinout EyeNetra is coming to hospitals, optometric clinics, optical stores, and even homes nationwide.

But on the heels of its commercial release, EyeNetra says it’s been pursuing opportunities to collaborate with virtual-reality companies seeking to use the technology to develop “vision-corrected” virtual-reality displays.

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CVS Health joins digital health care innovation quest with MassChallenge, Rock Health

September 30, 2015

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
In its quest to develop new innovations in health care, CVS Health is joining hands with startup accelerator MassChallenge and digital health venture fund Rock Health. CVS executives said that the partnerships are a key part of the organization’s digital effort to drive faster innovation in connected health care products.

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Mass. health IT company takes over EMC building, plans to add 1,000 employees

September 29, 2015

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
Westborough-based eClinicalWorks has confirmed that it purchased the 193,230-square-foot property, constructed but never occupied, for $21.5 million from storage firm EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) The health IT company, which is mainly known for its electronic health record technologies, said it will spend an additional $30 million to complete a build-out at the property.

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Beth Israel Launches Big Data Effort to Improve ICU Care

September 16, 2015

Source: Health Data Management

By: Beth Bacheldor of Information Management
Like so many healthcare organizations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has massive amounts of data from its clinical care, education and research efforts, and the volume keeps growing. Putting all that data to good use, especially to improve care and patient outcomes, is a top priority for the Boston-based, 650-bed hospital, which treats hundreds of thousands of inpatients and outpatients each year.
This fall, the medical center, which is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, will begin pushing live feeds of data into a custom application that caregivers can use to analyze risk levels in the intensive care unit (ICU) at any given time. Ultimately, the application will help Beth Israel Deaconess predict which patients are at risk of developing dangerous complications like infections, blood clots, or bleeds.

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IBM Watson Health sets up HQ in Cambridge, integrates with Apple

September 10, 2015

Source: MedCityNews

IBM Watson came of age in healthcare just five months ago at HIMSS15 with two acquisitions and the creation of Watson Health. Now, Watson Health has a home and a couple of new offerings that up the competition level in a rapidly evolving market.

Thursday, Big Blue is opening Watson Health’s global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and introducing IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and IBM Watson Care Manager. This comes barely a week after Salesforce debuted a data aggregator called Salesforce Health Cloud.

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