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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Zoll gets FDA approval for in-hospital wearable defibrillator

March 10, 2017

Source: mobihealthnews

By: Jonah Comstock
Medical device maker Zoll Medical Corporation has received FDA premarket approval for a wearable external defibrillator for use in the hospital. Zoll got approval last year for its LifeVest, a similar product designed for home use.

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Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

February 21, 2017


By: Gintautas Dumcius
Mass Digital Health interview with Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship in Gov. Charlie Baker's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

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Why Real-World Results Are So Challenging for Digital Health

February 8, 2017

Source: NEJM Catalyst

By: Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President of Connected Health, Partners HealthCare; Associate Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School and Alexander L. Fogel, MBA, MD Candidate, Stanford University School of Medicine
Companies should look for lessons in other industries, create products that are tailored to population subsets, develop synergistic partnerships, and understand the performance characteristics of products in the real world.

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HIStalk Interviews Jay Desai, CEO, PatientPing

January 11, 2017

Source: HIStalk

HIStalk Interview: Jay Desai, MBA is co-founder and CEO of PatientPing of Boston, MA.

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GE, Merck and Others Invest $30M in Burlington Health Care IT Company

January 6, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
Burlington-based health care data company Arcadia Healthcare Solutions has raised $30 million from a number of investors, including GE, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Merck subsidiaries.

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Cambridge Patient Network PatientsLikeMe Receives $100M

January 5, 2017

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
Cambridge-based patient network PatientsLikeMe has raised $100 million in a recent funding round, and is participating is a multi-company initiative to develop a deeper understanding of disease.

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Boston Scientific, Google Look to Jumpstart Digital Health Startups

December 29, 2016

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Don Seiffert

Boston Scientific has made a name for itself with devices that are implanted into the body to prevent heart attacks. But through its Connected Patient Challenge, launched last month, the company is looking to get more involved in the kind of preventative medicine that’s based on the data generated by doctors, patients and the growth of wearable devices.

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Here are the Most Innovative States in America in 2016

December 22, 2016

Source: Bloomberg

By: Michelle Jamrisko and Wei Lu
Massachusetts stole a second straight victory in Bloomberg’s ranking of the most innovative U.S. states, a testament to how much the economy’s wheels are greased by investment in higher education and research.

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Joe Kvedar Gives an Update on the State of Connected Health Update

December 13, 2016

Source: Healthcare IT News

By Tom Sullivan
Digital health has been a reality for 20 years. Since its humble beginnings – during the days of the Sony Walkman and Palm Pilot – technology has evolved and the market is set to explode. But much work remains to be done.

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PULSE@MassChallenge Just Revealed the 31 Startups in Its 1st Digital Health Cohort

December 13, 2016

Source: BostInno

By: Dylan Martin
MassChallenge on Tuesday revealed the 31 startups that will participate in the inaugural PULSE@MassChallenge "digital health lab," a new six-month accelerator in Boston that partners startups with various entities working in healthcare.

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