Development Resources


Clinical Innovation Programs

Boston Children's Hospital Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator
Innovation center at Boston Children's Hospital 
Gosnold Innovation Center
Innovation center at addiction/recovery treatment facility 
MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab
Innovation center for Massachusetts General Hospital 
Partners Center for Connected Health
Technology development and commercialization resource for the Partners Healthcare system 
Robert and Rene Belfer Office for Dana-Farber Innovation
Facilitates the transfer of research innovations from the laboratory to the clinic through timely commercialization, and helps Dana-Farber investigators create these innovations through external...
Innovation center for Baystate Health system 

Company / Product Development

Boston Children's Hospital Innovator's Roadmap
Framework and guidance for building a product prototype and business plan 
BU Center for Mobile Communication Studies
The world's first academic research, education, and consulting center to focus solely on the social aspects of mobile communication. 
Network of academic and medical institutions partnering with industry and government 
CIMIT Accelerator
Startup program offering mentorship and investment support 
City of Boston Technical Assistance Program
Work with experts who provide the tools needed to start, strengthen, or expand your business. Organizations under 25 FTE may qualify to participate in the program for free. 
CVS Health Innovation Lab
Digital innovation lab for CVS Health 
Designing a Digital Health Company
Rock Health startup support video 
Eli Lilly Innovation Center
Digital health innovation center for Eli Lilly 
FDA Digital Health Innovation Plan
How does the FDA define digital health? 
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool
The FTC's guide to developing a mobile health app 
Harvard Business School Health Care Initiative
The HBS Health Care Initiative (HCI) impacts managerial practice and the pace of innovation by educating leaders and innovators who aspire to improve value across the health care industry. 
Harvard i-Lab
Harvard Innovation Lab, offering mentorship, space, and strategic support 
Health IT Vendor Directory
The Vendor Directory provides a view on the array of Health IT products offered in the market. Users can use filters to search for HIT products by specialty and product type. 
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center
Digital health innovation center for Johnson & Johnson 
M2D2 at UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell’s Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is active in supporting digital health innovation and selected digital health startups. 
MassChallenge HealthTech
Competitive startup program offering mentorship, space, support, partnerships, and prizes 
MassTech Business Assistance Program
What the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative offers in business assistance to potential companies relocating here. 
Minimum Viable Product Presentation
Presentation on MVP and product development 
MIT Hacking Medicine Product Development Toolkits
Offers toolkits to support product and presentation development 
MIT Innovation Initiative Healthcare Resources
Aggregated digital health resources from across the MIT community 
MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation
The MIT Sloan Initiative for Health Systems Innovation (HSI) identifies high-quality, cost effective health systems as essential to individual and societal wellbeing. HSI plays a pivotal role in the...
Mobile Health Sensing and Analytics Laboratory (mHealthLab)
Designed to provide a state-of-the-art testbed for performing mobile health experiments at scale, and develop robust and personalized mHealth detectors. 
More Disruption Please
athenahealth startup accelerator, offering mentorship, space, and strategic support. 
ONC Certification Guide
An overview of the federal Health IT certification program 
Payment Models: MassHealth
A library of MassHealth HIPAA Companion Guides 
Payment Models: Medicare Bundles
A guide to the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative 
Payment Models: Value-Based Contracting
A guide to the value based CMS programs 
Rock Health Digital Health Startup Handbook
Resource guide for building and starting up a digital health company 
TechSpring Insights Program
Offers custom strategic support to entrepreneurs from the Baystate healthcare community 
TechStars Boston Program
Competitive startup program offering mentorship, space, and other strategic support 
Valley Venture Mentors
Offers mentorship, accelerator support, space, and prizes available to digital health startups 
Venture Development Center at UMass Boston
Startup program offering space and mentorship support 
Who are the payers and what do they need?
Who are they payers in our health care system? 
WPI Healthcare Delivery Institute
The Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) at WPI is a university-wide multidisciplinary research and innovation institute, founded in 2011 to drive collaborative research, innovation, and education to...

Competition / Challenge

Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge
A challenge to foster a digital health innovation community to build successful, life-changing diagnostics, devices, therapies & patient management programs.
HealthXL Challenges
Curated challenges sponsored by HealthXL members 
MIT Hacking Medicine
Hackathons and challenges to help develop teams and products 
Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge
Partners HealthCare Innovation Challenge 
SOLVE at MIT (Cure)
The Solve community aims to help fill some of the acute gaps in thinking, implementation, and discovery which exist in the effort to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The Cure pillar...

Data Resources

Audited Financial Information
CHIA collects quarterly and annual standardized financial information from hospitals. These filings represent cumulative, year-to-date data from the hospital’s balance sheet, statement of operations...
Google BigQuery Healthcare and Population Data
BigQuery hosts public data sets for you to access and integrate into your applications. 
Health Policy Commission Cost Trends Reports
Cost Trends Reports present an overview of health care spending and delivery trends in Massachusetts, evaluates progress in key areas, and makes recommendations for strategies to increase quality and...
Health Policy Commission Registered Provider Organization Program
The Massachusetts Registration of Provider Organizations (MA-RPO) Program is a first-in-the-nation initiative to collect information about the corporate, contracting, and clinical relationships of...
HPC DataPoints
A series of online briefs created by the Health Policy Commission that spotlight new research and data findings relevant to the HPC's mission to drive down the cost of health care. HPC DataPoints...
Mass HIway Directory
The Mass HIWay Directory lists healthcare organizations enrolled in the Mass HIway, ranging from practices to hospitals, covering primary, ambulatory, acute, long-term, post-acute, behavioral health...
Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative Quality Data Center
The MAeHC Quality Data Center (QDC) is a secure, cloud-hosted, HIPAA-compliant clinical data repository with analytic and reporting functionality. The QDC has de-identified records that can be made...
MeHI Consumer and Provider Health IT Research Study
The 2014 MeHI Consumer and Provider Health IT Research Study provides a look into the ways that health IT is used and perceived by Massachusetts healthcare providers and consumers across various...
MeHI Digital Health Caregiver Survey
Sponsored by MeHI and conducted by The MassINC Polling Group, this report identifies key challenges faced by Massachusetts family caregivers and offers insight to help entrepreneurs develop solutions...
MIMIC is an openly available dataset developed by the MIT Lab for Computational Physiology, comprising deidentified health data associated with ~40,000 critical care patients. It includes...
MITRE Synthetic Mass
Synthetic EHR dataset representative of Massachusetts patients, developed by MITRE corporation 
Provider Cost Reports
CHIA collects annual cost reports from a variety of health care providers (e.g., hospitals, community health centers, nursing homes and their realty/management companies, and adult day health...
Standard Statistics
CHIA regularly reports on a variety of standard statistics that measure the performance of the Massachusetts health care system. Included among these are statewide health care spending, provider...
TechSpring Analytics
Provides data analytics resources in a community healthcare setting 

Events / Networking

Mass Digital Health Events Calendar
Community digital health conference and events aggregator 
MassChallenge HealthTech Calendar
Calendar of events organized by MassChallenge HealthTech
Medtech Boston Events Calendar
Curated digital health events calendar 
Monthly digital health meetup events organized by PULSE@MassChallenge 
Tap Into TechSpring
Monthly digital health meetup events 

Funding Resource

8 Things You Need to Know About Raising Venture Capital
Raising venture capital is by no means simple, but it helps to know what you are in for. This is a high level overview of some things to consider. 
MassTAG Program
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center leads a competitive program for companies interested in entering the Massachusetts market. The Massachusetts Transition and Growth (MassTAG) program was created...
MassVentures is the state’s venture capital firm focused on fueling the Massachusetts innovation economy by funding early-stage, high-growth Massachusetts startups. MassVentures focuses on Series A...
MIT Hacking Medicine Funding Resource List
List of programs offering investment or prize money 
SBIR/STTR Health-Related Funding Opportunities
SBIR and STTR funding opportunities for healthcare related technologies 

Interoperability / Integration

1upHealth FHIR Platform
1upHealth facilitates access to both clinical and claims data across systems by converting it into the FHIR® format. 
athenahealth Marketplace
Aggregated information about products, services, applications, and exchange partners from athenahealth's network 
How to integrate with Epic
How to integrate your product with Epic or any EHR 
Sample Business Associates Agreement
A sample business associate contract agreement from HHS 
The Mass HIway
The Mass HIway, operated by EOHHS and overseen by the Health Information Technology Council, is a secure health information exchange accessible to all healthcare systems statewide. It provides a...
What is FHIR?
4 Basics to Know about the Role of FHIR in Interoperability 
Why do I need an Business Associates Agreement?
Why do I need a business associates agreement? 
Why do I need an SLA?
What is an SLA and why do I need one? 

IP / Commercialization

Intro to Patent Law
Rock Health startup support video 
Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices (MATTO)
MATTO works to promote efficient and effective transfer of knowledge and technology developed at academic institutions in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to companies that will develop and bring...
Standardized Digital Health Technology Transfer Agreements
The agreement templates listed in the table were created by the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP)* to lower the barriers to form industry-to-academic collaborations in digital health. The...

Piloting / Validation

Moving Past A Digital Health Pilot
How companies make it to scale and why 
Seven Tips For Conducting Pilots
Seven tips for health care startups conducting pilots. 
TechSpring Insights Program
Offers custom strategic support to entrepreneurs from the Baystate healthcare community 
TechSpring Projects Program
Offers piloting / clinical validation opportunities through the Baystate healthcare system 

Privacy / Security

A Startup's Guide to HIPAA
Rock Health guide to HIPAA 
Architecting Your Healthcare Application for HIPAA Compliance
Medium post from AWS on privacy in digital health product development 
Five Security Steps Digital Health Startups Should Take​
Five steps digital health startups should take to protect health information. 
HIPAA Compliance for Startups
Rock Health startup support video 
Ten Steps Towards Achieving HIPAA Compliance
A list with advice for achieving HIPAA compliance 


How to Sell to Hospitals (Like a Boss)
Rock Health startup support video 
Selling to Doctors
Rock Health startup support video 
Understanding Hospital Budgets
A thorough guide to understanding hospital budgets in Massachusetts. 

Simulation / Labs

Carl J. Shapiro Simulation and Skills Center
Surgical simulation center at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center 
Goldstein Simulation Center
Healthcare simulation laboratory at Northeastern University 
Harvard Center for Medical Simulation
Simulation training at CMS gives healthcare providers a new and enlightening perspective on how to handle real medical situations. Through high-fidelity scenarios that simulate genuine crisis...
An independent, non-profit organization serving as the innovation hub for robotics and connected devices. Through programming and events, they help bring together innovative startups and existing...
The Medical Electronic Device Research Center at MIT establishes a partnership among the microelectronics industry, the medical devices industry, medical professionals, and MIT. Working together,...
MIT Age Lab
The MIT AgeLab is a multidisciplinary research program that works with business, government, and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. 
NERVE Center at UMass Lowell
The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a dedicated research, testing, and training facility. The mission of the NERVE...
STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation
The Neil and Elise Wallace STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation is one of the most comprehensive and technologically-advanced medical training centers in the world, backed by the world-class...
The Medical Device Plug-and-Play Interoperability & Cybersecurity (MD PnP) Program
The MD PnP Program is based at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), one of the nation’s best clinical, research, and teaching hospitals; and affiliated with Mass General Brigham (MGB) health...
WPI HDI Living Lab
With strategic relationships with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England, HDI has collaborated with over 10 healthcare provider...


List of Available Co-Working Spaces in MA
Aggregated list of coworking spaces, incubators, and accelerators in Massachusetts 
MassEcon Location Search Support
MassEcon works cooperatively with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, real estate brokers, site location consultants, and state, regional, and local economic development officials to...


MassTech Intern Partnership
State program offering matching funds for digital health startups to hire local interns 
Program and portal to help digital health firms identify talent organized by the New England Venture Capital Association