Digital Health Sandbox Network

There are eight sandboxes and one sandbox tool approved under the Mass Digital Health Sandbox Program, providing a variety of testing and validation environments. The program is administered by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and advised by an Independent Steering Committee.

 

Brigham Digital Innovation Hub

75 Francis Street

Boston, MA

Testing Environments: User Experience; Infrastructure; Data Repository; Cybersecurity 

Settings: Home; Hospital; Post-Acute Care; Outpatient Facility; Dental Facility

Data: Real; Synthetic; De-Identified

Professionals: Doctors; Nurses; Other Clinical Staff; IT/Information Security; Operations

The Brigham Digital Innovation Hub (iHub) at Brigham Health uses digital health technology to provide patient-centered, efficient and safe healthcare. The iHub evaluates and advances ideas from Brigham Health clinicians, researchers and staff and builds digital health infrastructures around technologies that meet hospital challenges. The iHub strives to become the collaborator of choice in digital healthcare. Through an innovative partnership model at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, start-ups and industry partners can work with iHub to build and validate products in clinical settings. The companies that partner with iHub will have access to researchers, clinicians and other staff as well as the expanding ecosystem of digital health initiatives and infrastructure at Brigham Health. 

MIT IMES

45 Carleton Street

Cambridge, MA

Testing Environments: User Experience; Data Repository

Settings: Home; Outpatient Facility; Other: Immersion Lab, Living Lab, Animal/Preclinical

Data: Real; Synthetic; De-Identified

Professionals: Doctors; Nurses; Other Clinical Staff; IT/Infrastructure Security; Operations; Other Non-Clinical Staff: Engineers, Technicians

The IMES Center is a GCP, multidisciplinary research network supporting cutting-edge research from concept to clinical translation. Their goal is to support the clinical research lifecycle by providing resources to support protocol design, regulatory compliance, clinical consultation, iterative design, oversight and participant monitoring, in addition to operationalizing clinical research protocols. The Center space spans 11,650 square feet of reconfigurable and flexible testing space that easily conforms to a variety of settings.

MITRE

202 Burlington Road

Bedford, MA 01730

Testing Environments: Data Repository; Standards Compliance; Medical Device Cybersecurity

Settings:

Data: Synthetic

Professionals: Analytics, Clinical Informatics; Cybersecurity; Health Policy; Interoperability; IT

MITRE’s mission-driven teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. Through public-private partnerships and federally funded R&D centers, MITRE works across government and in partnership with industry to discover new possibilities, create unexpected opportunities, and lead by pioneering together for the public good to bring innovative ideas into existence. Within this sandbox, MITRE offers access to domain and technical expertise, open source software tools and artifacts, and unique test facilities to lower the barrier for access to data, improve healthcare interoperability, and increase the security of medical devices in care settings.

PracticePoint at WPI

50 Prescott Street

Worcester, MA

Testing Environments: User Experience; Infrastructure; Cybersecurity

Settings: Home; Hospital; Post-Acute Care; Outpatient Facility; Other: MRI, C-Arm, Surgical Suite

Data: Real; Synthetic; De-identified

Professionals: Doctors; Nurses; Other Clinical Staff; IT/Information Security; Operations; Other Non-Clinical Staff: Prototyping support, Faculty experts, STEM students

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's PracticePoint is a membership-based research, development, and commercialization alliance founded to advance healthcare technologies. This facility brings together a community of research institutions, healthcare providers, and companies to work collaboratively on new technologies and incorporate them quickly into commercially viable products. Companies partnering with PracticePoint have access to state of the art equipment, clinical partners within WPI’s ecosystem, and WPI researchers and experts.

TechSpring @ Baystate Health 

1350 Main Street, 5th Floor

Springfield, MA

Testing Environments: User Experience; Infrastructure; Data Repository; Cybersecurity

Settings: Home; Hospital; Post-Acute Care; Outpatient Facility; Other: Payor Organziation, ACO, Reference Lab

Data: Real; De-Identified

Professionals: Doctors; Nurses; IT/Information Security; Operations

TechSpring serves as a bridge between digital health innovators and Baystate Health. TechSpring offers product development acceleration services in a real healthcare environment. Once TechSpring creates alignment with appropriate Baystate stakeholders, innovators have full access to the assets of Baystate Health, a 12,500 employee integrated delivery network. For five years they have served in a match making capacity, linking passionate problems from Baystate Health's leadership to corresponding digital health solutions in the marketplace.

UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences

240 Thatcher Road

Amherst, MA

Testing Environments: User Experience; Infrastructure; Data Repository; Cybersecurity

Settings: Home; Other: Benchtop, Simulated Home Environments, Access to Community 

Data: Real; Synthetic 

Professionals: Doctors; Nurses; IT/Information Security; Operations; Other: Research Staff and Scientists

The UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences translates fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being. IALS offers more than 30 Core Facilities, available to both internal and external users enabling faculty, students, and industry collaborators to access a broad array of equipment to enhance their R&D capabilities, address both basic and translational questions, deliver technologies and product candidates more rapidly, and become more competitive in obtaining state, federal, foundation, and private funding. The facilities include a state-of-the-art testbed for performing mobile health experiments at scale, the Center for Human Health and Performance, a roll-to-roll fabrication and processing facility, and leasable research laboratory space.

UMass Lowell

600 Suffolk St.

Lowell, MA 01854

Testing Environments: User Experience; Infrastructure; Data Repository; Cybersecurity

Settings: Benchtop, Simulated Environments, Access to Community 

Data: Real; Synthetic; De-Identified

Professionals: Nurses; IT/Information Security; Operations; Research Staff and Scientists

UMass Lowell, both through its robust Core Research Facility and M2D2, its incubator program for emerging life sciences startups, is able to translate fundamental research into innovative products and technologies. Through physical space, resources, services and human capital, UMass Lowell delivers benefits to healthcare. UMass Lowell and M2D2 offer 10 Core Facilities with over 100 instruments, lab space and services. These are available to both internal and external users enabling faculty, students, and many industry collaborators to access a broad array of equipment and human capital to enhance their R&D capabilities, address both basic and translational questions, deliver technologies and products more rapidly, and become more competitive in obtaining state, federal, foundation, and private funding. 

UMass Medical School 

362 Plantation St. Ambulatory Care Center, 7th Floor

Worcester, MA

Testing Environments: User Experience; Infrastructure; Data Repository 

Settings: Hospital; Post-Acute Care; Outpatient Facility

Data: Real; De-identified 

Professionals: Doctors; Nurses; IT/Information Security; Operations; Other: Clinical Research / Regulatory, PhD faculty, Postdocs, Students

The UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) leverages the strong scientific environment of UMass with the clinical strengths of its health system partners to build an ecosystem that transcends traditional departmental and organizational boundaries and encourages collaborative problem-solving with communities and across historically siloed disciplines such as the biological, physical, computational, and engineering sciences. UMCCTS can provide facilitated access for inventors and entrepreneurs to 50 research cores at UMMS and four primary validation environments: the Data Science Core (with the UMMS Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences), the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center, the interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation, and D3Health.

 

Sandbox Tools

Sandbox Tools provide a technical service for digital health companies to test and validate their products and services, but unlike sandboxes, they do not actively consult with and guide the development of digital health companies. Companies are encouraged to learn more and work with sandbox tools, but projects with sandbox tools are not eligible for funding through the MeHI Sandbox Grant Program.

1up Health

330 Washington Street, Floor 3

Boston, MA 02118

Testing Environments: Infrastructure; Data Repository; Cybersecurity

Settings: Home; Hospital; Post-Acute Care; Outpatient Facility; Other: Patient Authorized Access

Data: Real; Synthetic; De-identified

Professionals: Doctor; Nurses; IT/Information Security; Operations; Other: R&D; Caregivers

The 1upHealth Digital Sandbox provides digital health apps with live access to medical records for over 280 million patients in Massachusetts and across the US via their network of over 10,000 hospitals and health centers. Any developer can get up and running with 1upHealth’s Digital Sandbox for free, allowing over 280 million patients to authorize access to share their full medical records in seconds to digital health apps. In addition, the 1upHealth Digital Sandbox includes free population-level access to over 1.2 million patient records generated synthetically to accelerate development for healthcare systems, health insurance, and digital health applications.