During his 30 years in the aging and caregiving space, Benchmark Chairman and CEO Tom Grape has seen a fair amount of change in the industry. Today, Benchmark operates nearly 60 different properties for seniors with four areas of focus: independent living, assisted living, mind and memory care, and continuing care retirement communities. While Grape manages a growing portfolio, he is always on the lookout for innovative products and solutions to implement at Benchmark.
Leuko co-founder, Carlos Castro-Gonzalez, was inspired to develop the technology with his partners at MIT after watching a friend go through treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A typical chemotherapy cycle usually lasts about three weeks, resulting in a rise and fall of white blood cell levels after each treatment. The problem, as Castro-Gonzalez points out, is that current treatment methods only measure white blood cell counts before a new round of chemotherapy, leaving patients and providers in the dark about white blood cell counts after treatment. PointCheck fills that gap by allowing providers to see if a patient’s white blood cell count is at a healthy threshold at any time and determining how, if at all, they should change their treatment plan.
Nell Meosky Luo founded Folia to change the way patients and family caregivers collect and share data to improve treatment outcomes for people suffering from chronic diseases. In our existing system, patients and their families know a lot about how a patient is doing, but their medical professionals are limited to the data they capture during visits. Folia’s technology makes it easier for patients and caregivers to share daily data and communicate with their providers.
Planning for the end of your life is probably not high on your list of things to do right now. In fact, you probably don’t want to think about it at all. The idea of death makes us naturally squeamish and uncomfortable, so we put off even thinking about it. This is where Cake comes in. The Boston-based digital health startup aims to make planning for the end of your life as easy as, well, you know.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, innovators like Rendever CEO Kyle Rand are developing new ways to help seniors stay connected in their later years. Kyle and his team have developed a virtual reality (VR) platform that gives seniors the ability to experience new places and revisit cherished memories. The company’s goal is simple, yet critically important one: to make seniors feel happier and less isolated.
Virtudent is changing the way consumers receive oral healthcare through their mobile dentistry service. In just a few short years, the Newton-based company has grown from an idea housed at the Harvard Innovation Lab to a 17 person company focused on delivering high quality dental care in a unique way.
Virtudent provides on-site dental screenings and preventive dental care services to businesses and their employees via state-of-the-art pop-up dental clinics. Offered as a healthcare benefit by employers, Virtudent is making going to the dentist easy and stress free for consumers by bringing the dentist to their place of employment.
In 2014, Howard Bornstein found himself tired of the time consuming hassle of going to the optometrist, so he set out to change the experience by creating 2020 Onsite. The Boston-based startup eschews the traditional brick and mortar storefront for a fully stocked and staffed optometrist-mobile that brings the doctor to patients.
A 2016 survey from RN Network, showed that nearly half of current nurses are considering leaving the profession for a variety of reasons including exhaustion, burdensome paperwork, and not spending enough time with patients. Rebecca Love, Director of Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University, founder of HireNurses.com and a nurse herself, is trying to address that with the Nurse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.
One of the more unique players in the Massachusetts digital health ecosystem is the Bedford-based MITRE Corporation. The not-for-profit organization oversees numerous federal research and development centers focused on finding solutions for a wide range of public problems on behalf of the U.S. government. We recently sat down with MITRE COO Peter Sherlock and MITRE Associate Department Head, Open Health Services, Jason Walonoski at their Bedford headquarters to discuss what MITRE does and some of their current projects.
Dan Beeler and his team at SyncThink have developed technology to quickly evaluate the specific symptoms of a head injury. Originally designed for use by the military in Afghanistan, the technology is now making its way into the consumer realm as awareness about head injuries and concussions grow. Mass Tech sat down with him at the firm’s Canal Street office not long after the firm won the grand prize at the PULSE@ MassChallenge Finale.