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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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Commonwealth Meets with South Coast Leaders on Ways to Grow Culture of Entrepreneurship

DARTMOUTH – Today, state officials including Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki and Massachusetts Technology Collaborative CEO Pamela Goldberg, joined business and community leaders from the South Coast to discuss ways to enhance local entrepreneurship and highlight the expansion of a program to support entrepreneurs into the South Coast region. The event at The Dartmouth Grange was highlighted by the introduction of Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) a Lowell and Lawrence-based non-profit that works to strengthen business creation, idea generation, mentorship, and capital formation.

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Applications Open for eHealth eQuality Incentive Program

WESTBOROUGH, MA – Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – The application period is now open for the eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP), a new program led by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI). eQIP will provide eligible behavioral healthcare provider organizations in Massachusetts with access to financial incentives for adopting health information technology such as electronic health records (EHRs).

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Mass EduData Challenge Winners Use Advanced Analytics and Open Data to Deliver New Insights

BOSTON – The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative recently announced the winners of the first ever Mass EduData Challenge. The pilot six-week data challenge aimed at acquiring unique insights from a comprehensive cache of Massachusetts education data, awarded prizes to three teams at the July 15th awards ceremony at hack/reduce in Cambridge. The three winning projects each addressed a different aspect of the central theme of driving better insight and understanding from historical data sets provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Winners included collaborative teams from local non-profit City Year, and from global technology company Xerox, as well as individual data analysts from the region.

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New Study Highlights Growing Support for Health Information Technology in Massachusetts

BOSTON- A study released today by the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) highlights growing adoption and acceptance of health information technologies, or Health IT, by healthcare providers in the Commonwealth, as well as strong consumer support for the use of technologies that electronically store and share health data. The survey data is includeDownload the 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study d in the 2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study, which launched today during an event at the Massachusetts State House.

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Governor Patrick Announces Funding to Launch Massachusetts Open Cloud Project, Celebrates Release of 2014 Mass Big Data Report

HOLYOKE – Friday, April 25, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced a $3 million capital investment to launch the Massachusetts Open Cloud project, a university-industry collaboration designed to create a new public cloud computing infrastructure to spur big data innovation. Governor Patrick also announced the release of the 2014 Mass Big Data Report, which confirms the continued growth and competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s big data industry.

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