Discovery Resources


Clinical Innovation Programs

Brigham and Women's Digital Innovation Hub
Innovation center at Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Innovation center for Baystate Health system 

Company / Product Development

Boston Children's Hospital Innovator's Roadmap
Framework and guidance for building a product prototype and business plan 
Network of academic and medical institutions partnering with industry and government 
CIMIT Accelerator
Startup program offering mentorship and investment support 
City of Boston Technical Assistance Program
Work with experts who provide the tools needed to start, strengthen, or expand your business. Organizations under 25 FTE may qualify to participate in the program for free. 
Designing a Digital Health Company
Rock Health startup support video 
FDA Digital Health Innovation Plan
How does the FDA define digital health? 
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool
The FTC's guide to developing a mobile health app 
Harvard i-Lab
Harvard Innovation Lab, offering mentorship, space, and strategic support 
Health IT Vendor Directory
The Vendor Directory provides a view on the array of Health IT products offered in the market. Users can use filters to search for HIT products by specialty and product type. 
M2D2 at UMass Lowell
UMass Lowell’s Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) is active in supporting digital health innovation and selected digital health startups. 
MassTech Business Assistance Program
What the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative offers in business assistance to potential companies relocating here. 
Minimum Viable Product Presentation
Presentation on MVP and product development 
MIT Hacking Medicine Product Development Toolkits
Offers toolkits to support product and presentation development 
MIT Innovation Initiative Healthcare Resources
Aggregated digital health resources from across the MIT community 
ONC Certification Guide
An overview of the federal Health IT certification program 
Payment Models: MassHealth
A library of MassHealth HIPAA Companion Guides 
Payment Models: Medicare Bundles
A guide to the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative 
Payment Models: Value-Based Contracting
A guide to the value based CMS programs 
Rock Health Digital Health Startup Handbook
Resource guide for building and starting up a digital health company 
TechSpring Insights Program
Offers custom strategic support to entrepreneurs from the Baystate healthcare community 
TechStars Boston Program
Competitive startup program offering mentorship, space, and other strategic support 
Valley Venture Mentors
Offers mentorship, accelerator support, space, and prizes available to digital health startups 
Venture Development Center at UMass Boston
Startup program offering space and mentorship support 
Who are the payers and what do they need?
Who are they payers in our health care system? 

Competition / Challenge

Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge
A challenge to foster a digital health innovation community to build successful, life-changing diagnostics, devices, therapies & patient management programs.
Health Hackathon Database
Aggregated tracker of health hackathons around the world 
M2D2 $200k Challenge
The $200K Challenge is an annual start-up competition hosted by M2D2 focused on identifying and rewarding disruptive companies in the medical technology and biotechnology industries.
MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
The competition runs as series of distinct, increasingly intensive contests: Pitch, Accelerate, and Launch.
MIT Hacking Medicine
Hackathons and challenges to help develop teams and products 
The Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Alliance (bme-idea) Competition
The BME-IDEA Competition challenges students to pioneer a health-related technology that addresses a real clinical need.
The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Challenges
These pitching competitions are designed to attract global, game changing entrepreneurial innovations in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Consumer and Global Public Health sectors.
Students will work in assigned teams across schools and disciplines and utilize creative, collaborative problem-solving to design approaches to the more challenging Community Health Improvement Plan...

Data Resources

Health Policy Commission Cost Trends Reports
Cost Trends Reports present an overview of health care spending and delivery trends in Massachusetts, evaluates progress in key areas, and makes recommendations for strategies to increase quality and...
HPC DataPoints
A series of online briefs created by the Health Policy Commission that spotlight new research and data findings relevant to the HPC's mission to drive down the cost of health care. HPC DataPoints...
Mass HIway Directory
The Mass HIWay Directory lists healthcare organizations enrolled in the Mass HIway, ranging from practices to hospitals, covering primary, ambulatory, acute, long-term, post-acute, behavioral health...
MeHI Consumer and Provider Health IT Research Study
The 2014 MeHI Consumer and Provider Health IT Research Study provides a look into the ways that health IT is used and perceived by Massachusetts healthcare providers and consumers across various...
MeHI Digital Health Caregiver Survey
Sponsored by MeHI and conducted by The MassINC Polling Group, this report identifies key challenges faced by Massachusetts family caregivers and offers insight to help entrepreneurs develop solutions...
MIMIC is an openly available dataset developed by the MIT Lab for Computational Physiology, comprising deidentified health data associated with ~40,000 critical care patients. It includes...
MITRE Synthetic Mass
Synthetic EHR dataset representative of Massachusetts patients, developed by MITRE corporation 

Events / Networking

Mass Digital Health Events Calendar
Community digital health conference and events aggregator 
MassChallenge HealthTech Calendar
Calendar of events organized by MassChallenge HealthTech
Medtech Boston Events Calendar
Curated digital health events calendar 
Tap Into TechSpring
Monthly digital health meetup events 

Funding Resources

8 Things You Need to Know About Raising Venture Capital
Raising venture capital is by no means simple, but it helps to know what you are in for. This is a high level overview of some things to consider. 
MassTAG Program
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center leads a competitive program for companies interested in entering the Massachusetts market. The Massachusetts Transition and Growth (MassTAG) program was created...
MIT Hacking Medicine Funding Resource List
List of programs offering investment or prize money 
SBIR/STTR Health-Related Funding Opportunities
SBIR and STTR funding opportunities for healthcare related technologies 

Interoperability / Integration

1upHealth FHIR Platform
1upHealth facilitates access to both clinical and claims data across systems by converting it into the FHIR® format. 
athenahealth Marketplace
Aggregated information about products, services, applications, and exchange partners from athenahealth's network 
Standardized Digital Health Technology Transfer Agreements
The agreement templates listed in the table were created by the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP)* to lower the barriers to form industry-to-academic collaborations in digital health. The...
What is FHIR?
4 Basics to Know about the Role of FHIR in Interoperability 

Piloting / Validation

Seven Tips For Conducting Pilots
Seven tips for health care startups conducting pilots. 
The Digital Health Sandbox Program
Grant program for testing and validating digital health solutions

Privacy / Security

A Startup's Guide to HIPAA
Rock Health guide to HIPAA 
Architecting Your Healthcare Application for HIPAA Compliance
Medium post from AWS on privacy in digital health product development 
HIPAA Compliance for Startups
Rock Health startup support video 


9 Things Every Healthcare Startup Should Know About Business Development
Andy Mychkovsky writes down all of his strategy and business development knowledge in healthcare and organized it into the top 9 commandments for selling as a healthcare startup.
How Can Startups Sell Into Hospitals
Discussion on what successful Go-To-Market in Digital health requires.
How Much Should We Rethink the Sales Process During COVID-19? Advice from Stack for Startups Trying to Sell
5 practical items that may be useful when confronting the daunting task of selling in today’s environment.
How to Sell to Hospitals (Like a Boss)
Rock Health startup support video 
Selling to Health Systems: Advice for Digital Health Startups (2019)
A #HCBIZ Show podcast featuring an experienced digital health buyer and an experienced digital health seller talking about the process of bringing new innovations into a health system.
You’ve run a successful digital health pilot. Now what?
Rock Health's healthcare enterprise leaders share their respective experiences—and why the transition from pilot to scale is difficult for enterprise and startup alike.

Simulation / Labs

WPI HDI Living Lab
With strategic relationships with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England, HDI has collaborated with over 10 healthcare provider...


List of Available Co-Working Spaces in MA
Aggregated list of coworking spaces, incubators, and accelerators in Massachusetts 


Mass Digital Health Job Board
Find your next role at a Massachusetts Digital Health Company.