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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U.S. Hospitals Engaging Only 2 Percent of Patients via Mobile Apps, Putting as Much as $100 Million in Annual Revenue [Per Hospital] at Risk, Accenture Finds

January 6, 2016

Source: Accenture Press Release

Accenture Press Release
JANUARY 06, 2016
New research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has found that only 2 percent of patients in the largest U.S. hospitals are using hospital-provided mobile health apps. Accenture estimates that failure to align mobile apps to the services consumers’ demand could cost each of these hospitals, on average, more than $100 million in lost annual revenue.

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Smarter Lenses: Newly Launched Mobile Eye-Test Device Could Lead to Prescription Virtual-Reality Screens

October 19, 2015

Source: MIT News

By: Rob Matheson
After five years of development and about 40,000 tests worldwide, the smartphone-powered eye-test devices developed by MIT spinout EyeNetra is coming to hospitals, optometric clinics, optical stores, and even homes nationwide.

But on the heels of its commercial release, EyeNetra says it’s been pursuing opportunities to collaborate with virtual-reality companies seeking to use the technology to develop “vision-corrected” virtual-reality displays.

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CVS Health joins digital health care innovation quest with MassChallenge, Rock Health

September 30, 2015

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
In its quest to develop new innovations in health care, CVS Health is joining hands with startup accelerator MassChallenge and digital health venture fund Rock Health. CVS executives said that the partnerships are a key part of the organization’s digital effort to drive faster innovation in connected health care products.

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Mass. health IT company takes over EMC building, plans to add 1,000 employees

September 29, 2015

Source: Boston Business Journal

By: Jessica Bartlett
Westborough-based eClinicalWorks has confirmed that it purchased the 193,230-square-foot property, constructed but never occupied, for $21.5 million from storage firm EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) The health IT company, which is mainly known for its electronic health record technologies, said it will spend an additional $30 million to complete a build-out at the property.

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Beth Israel Launches Big Data Effort to Improve ICU Care

September 16, 2015

Source: Health Data Management

By: Beth Bacheldor of Information Management
Like so many healthcare organizations, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has massive amounts of data from its clinical care, education and research efforts, and the volume keeps growing. Putting all that data to good use, especially to improve care and patient outcomes, is a top priority for the Boston-based, 650-bed hospital, which treats hundreds of thousands of inpatients and outpatients each year.
This fall, the medical center, which is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, will begin pushing live feeds of data into a custom application that caregivers can use to analyze risk levels in the intensive care unit (ICU) at any given time. Ultimately, the application will help Beth Israel Deaconess predict which patients are at risk of developing dangerous complications like infections, blood clots, or bleeds.

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IBM Watson Health sets up HQ in Cambridge, integrates with Apple

September 10, 2015

Source: MedCityNews

IBM Watson came of age in healthcare just five months ago at HIMSS15 with two acquisitions and the creation of Watson Health. Now, Watson Health has a home and a couple of new offerings that up the competition level in a rapidly evolving market.

Thursday, Big Blue is opening Watson Health’s global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and introducing IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance and IBM Watson Care Manager. This comes barely a week after Salesforce debuted a data aggregator called Salesforce Health Cloud.

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New Health Care Supply Chain Innovation Center Employs Internet of Things Approach

September 9, 2015

Source: HIT Consultant

By: Jasmine Pennic
In an Internet of Things (IoT) approach to health care – where connectivity creates opportunities for improved economic benefit − Cardinal Health announced the opening of its Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation Lab, a research and development facility dedicated to reducing the $5 billion in waste in the health care supply chain for devices and implantables.* The new, 20,000 sq. ft. lab located in Concord, Mass., will serve as a hub for Cardinal Health to explore innovative approaches, such as smart sensors and near-field communication, to bring creative, acute care-centered technologies to some of health care’s most challenging issues.

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Guest Commentary: Tapping into Boston’s Talent Pool for Digital Innovation in Health

June 17, 2015

Source: Boston Business Journal

By Brian Tilzer, Chief digital officer at CVS Health
Massachusetts is ahead. The state boasts a 4.8 percent unemployment rate as of March 2015, lower than the nation’s average and marking a significant fall from the 5.9 percent rate recorded in March 2014. Such a healthy job market in Massachusetts can, in part, be explained by the continued draw of not just jobs but top talent to the thriving sectors in the Greater Boston Area – across education, retail, technology and health. And Boston in particular stands out as an intellectual capital, retail stronghold, technological metropolis and healthcare hub. The city has long been home to biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies, drawing upon collaborative efforts with some of the world’s most prestigious STEM research institutions. The convergence of each of these elements makes Boston an attractive capital for digital innovation in health. That’s why, now, more than ever, health-focused companies – from well-known industry players to startups – are flocking to the Greater Boston Area to hire from the city’s rich talent pool.

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Betaspring Launches a New Boston Accelerator for Revenue-Generating Startups

June 2, 2015

Source: BostInno

By: Rebecca Strong
Betaspring launched a new accelerator program, RevUp, located in Boston. RevUp is a program specifically designed for “technology-enables” companies who have a main goal of revenue driven growth. RevUp is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis through January 2016.

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Mass. Business Leaders Bet on Health Care Tech

February 4, 2015

Source: The Boston Globe

By: Shirley Leung, Globe Staff
Our tech industry will never be as glorious as Silicon Valley, but here is where we can make a name for ourselves: digital health care.

That’s the idea behind an effort by the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, an exclusive group of 16 influential chief executives and business leaders.

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