Mass. Digital Health Initiative Continues Support for TechSpring Innovation Hub

June 28, 2018

Grant from Mass. eHealth Institute brings Commonwealth’s Funding to $240,000 Over Past 3 Years

WESTBOROUGH – The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech has awarded Baystate Health’s TechSpring innovation center in Springfield a new $80,000 grant to support the organization’s work to promote digital health startups in Western Massachusetts. 

This is the third award made to TechSpring by MeHI as part of its investments under the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, a public-private partnership launched in 2016 to strengthen the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare cluster and increase innovation in patient care.

The grant will support TechSpring’s efforts to build the digital health community in Western Massachusetts, including its successful “Tap into TechSpring” monthly collaboration events, and other strategic programs aimed at growing digital health companies in the region.

“TechSpring has been a great partner for our efforts to build the digital health cluster for the past two years, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the team at Baystate to make Massachusetts the best place in the world to start and grow a digital health company,” said Laurance Stuntz, director of MeHI and a member of the Governor’s Digital Health Council.

In addition to the TechSpring award, MeHI also announced support for the PULSE@ MassChallenge digital health lab located in Boston, which recently celebrated the graduation of its second cohort of startups.

Over the last few years there has been increased collaboration between digital health communities in eastern and Western Massachusetts. In April 2018, PULSE@ MassChallenge brought six startups from its accelerator class to Springfield to introduce them to the Western Massachusetts digital health community gathered at TechSpring, allowing them to pitch their innovative products. The PULSE startups also heard about TechSpring’s unique innovation model, which opens Baystate Health’s facilities to companies to pilot innovative technologies in a real-world setting. 

"Our goal was to create good visibility for PULSE companies with the investors, innovators, physicians, and leaders from around Western Massachusetts," stated Jill McCormick, Director of Innovation at TechSpring. "It also provided a great opportunity to expose these companies to Baystate Health - a large, nationally-recognized, dynamic healthcare system that has become a ‘living lab’ to test and deploy innovative healthcare technology."

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