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Over $1.3 Million in Grants Awarded to Mass. Behavioral Health Providers for Technology Adoption Efforts

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – December 21, 2015 – MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 25 behavioral health providers to advance their use of health information technology, or Health IT, designed to improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs, and ensure appropriate privacy and security protection of behavioral health patient data. The awards were made as part of MeHI’s eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP), an initiative that provides grants for critical technology enhancements to both behavioral health and long-term/post-acute care organizations. The behavioral health grantees, selected in two funding rounds, manage a total of 179 facilities in 64 cities and towns across Massachusetts.

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New MassTech Sponsored Research from MIT Looks at Growing Mass. Companies to Scale

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., December 10, 2015 – A study released today by MIT’s Industrial Performance Center (IPC) addresses the critical issue of how innovative companies scale up their businesses and assesses how the Massachusetts economy compares in this dimension of performance with other regions of the country, bringing together for the first time a critical mass of observations, data, and analysis on this critical topic. The inaugural study, “Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How does Massachusetts Measure Up?,” finds that over the past two decades, Massachusetts has held its own compared with other leading innovation regions of the country (San Francisco/Silicon Valley and New York City) in terms of growing companies to scale, but lags far behind California in growing ‘super-scaled’ companies with billions of dollars in annual revenue.

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MeHI Awards Nearly $1 Million to Fifteen Long-Term Post-Acute Care Organizations

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – October 22, 2015 – MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has announced the first round of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) grantees from the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP). MeHI awarded nearly $1 million in grants to 15 post-acute care organizations that oversee 44 facilities and 6,110 patient beds across Massachusetts. Under the eQIP program, MeHI’s funds will help these Massachusetts facilities invest in innovative health information technologies to improve patient care through enhanced care coordination and efficient care transitions.

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Leverett Highlights Impact of Municipal Broadband Network at Launch Event

LEVERETT – Citizens, elected officials, and executives from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gathered today in Leverett, Mass., to celebrate the launch of the LeverettNet municipal fiber-optic broadband network, a new infrastructure project that offers gigabit-level Internet connectivity to every home and business in the town. The launch celebration, held at the Leverett Elementary School, highlighted the impact that broadband access will have on the community of 1,800 located in Western Massachusetts, including easier access to medical information, the increased ability of local students to complete online homework assignments, and the added opportunity for local small business owners and entrepreneurs to reach new customers via the web.

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Commonwealth Launches New Partnership to Grow Entrepreneurship on the South Coast

FALL RIVER – Executives from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative announced a new partnership with the non-profit organization Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) aimed at growing the ranks of entrepreneurs in the South Coast region and helping existing small business owners grow their operations. During the launch event, which took place at the family-owned manufacturer Blount Fine Foods, MassTech announced the establishment of a three-year formal partnership with EforAll to accelerate the growth of an entrepreneurship culture in the South Coast Region.

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New MeHI Grants Seek to Build ‘Connected Communities’ for Delivering Health Care

WESTBOROUGH, MA - June 8, 2015 - MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has launched a new grant program to strengthen the collaborative technology-based connections between healthcare settings in regions across the Commonwealth. The Connected Communities Implementation Grant Program solicits proposals from groups working together to use health information technology to tackle challenges to delivering coordinated healthcare within their community. The program is designed to increase the electronic exchange of health information and strengthen associated workflows in order to help local providers better address the transitions of care and care management needs within their communities, ultimately resulting in better coordination of patient care, improved patient outcomes, and a reduction in healthcare costs.

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Technology State House Day 2015 Brings Together 300+ Tech Execs & Legislators at Massachusetts State House

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Tech Hub Caucus hosted its 3rd Technology State House Day today, an event which brought 300-plus attendees to the Massachusetts State House to talk about the "Internet of Things in Massachusetts" and to demo innovative technologies. The event featured both local tech companies and global corporations with a presence in the Commonwealth that have developed connected technologies driving innovation in industries such as energy, government, health care, and transportation.

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Massachusetts Behavioral Health Providers to Receive Nearly $1 Million to Advance Health IT Capabilities

WESTBOROUGH, MA – April 9, 2015 – MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, has announced the first round of grantees from the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP) for behavioral health providers located across the Commonwealth. MeHI has awarded grants to 18 non-profits across the Commonwealth, which will total nearly $1 million if the awardees reach each of the program milestones. The funds will help these Massachusetts practices invest in innovative health information technologies, or health IT, to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs, while ensuring appropriate privacy and security of behavioral health patient data.

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Long-Term Post-Acute Care Assisted Through New eHealth Incentive Program

WESTBOROUGH, MA –The application period is now open for a new Request for Proposals from MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, to increase the effective use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) sector. As part of eQIP, MeHI’s eQuality Incentive Program, awarded funds will assist eligible LTPAC providers in Massachusetts with adopting health information technology. Through the installation of these technologies, the Commonwealth aims to improve the efficiency, cost, and quality of patient care in this critical healthcare sector.

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Gov. Baker Announces $4M Grant to UMass Lowell to Fuel Emerging Printed Electronics Cluster

LOWELL, Mass. – Gov. Charlie Baker today announced a $4 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) to UMass Lowell to support development of a printed and flexible electronics industry cluster, an emerging field that has the potential to become a $76 billion global market in the next decade.

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Commonwealth’s Innovation Economy Leads Recovery from ‘Great Recession’

BOSTON – The Massachusetts innovation economy has created around 100,000 jobs in Massachusetts since 2003, according to a new research report published this week by the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. According to the findings released in the 2014 Annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, over the last decade the Commonwealth as a whole added only 29,000 jobs, highlighting that without the impact of innovation economy jobs, Massachusetts would have fewer jobs today than in 2003.

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Commonwealth Awards $5 Million R&D Grant for WHOI Marine Robotics Center

WOODS HOLE, MASS. – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has awarded the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) a $5 million grant toward the construction of new facilities for the testing and research into innovative marine robotics such autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The five-year grant award is being made as part of the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Program, managed by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech). The grant to WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics will help accelerate the deployment of new and existing marine robotics technologies in Massachusetts.

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