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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HPC Announces Opportunity for Nearly $10M in Grant Funding to Meet Cost Containment Goals and Address Opioid Crisis

March 2, 2016


BOSTON – Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - Proposals to focus on innovative health care initiatives to cut costs, enhance access to behavioral health care through use of telemedicine, and improve care for infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy

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Mass General Hospital teams with MIT spinoff Cogito on behavioral health analyzer

February 24, 2016

Source: Healthcare IT News

By Bernie Monegain
Program hopes to tackle depression and bipolar disorders with an app designed to use voice patterns to detect emotions.

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eClinicalWorks enters acute care electronic medical records market

February 23, 2016

Source: Worcester Business Journal

eClinicalWorks, the Westborough-based creator of health care IT solutions, is entering the United States acute care electronic health records (EHR) market.

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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
JANUARY 06, 2016
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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