BOSTON – The recently formed Digital Health Council plans to deliver a framework to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in August on how to make the state a world leader in digital health care.
“We are currently elbow-deep in developing our initial strategies,” said Katie Stebbins, co-chair of the council.
The council, formed in 2016, includes leaders representing multiple areas of digital health care, including technology, health care delivery, insurance, medical devices, life sciences, academia and government. Earlier this year, it established the PULSE@MassChallenge scholarship, a program that gave 10 digital health startups $5,000 to support their travel and pilot program expenses for six months.
The council builds on the Digital Health Initiative, a program announced by Baker last year to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital health care industry. The initiative is a public-private partnership, joining leaders from across state government, health care and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“Our goal is to have Massachusetts become the best place to establish and grow a digital health company, but also have a positive impact on the people who live here,” said Stebbins.
Big picture, the initiative and the council are focusing on the broader topics of funding and data, and creating smart product development test beds to build infrastructure to support digital health companies in the state.
“With the strengths of our universities, academic medical centers and life sciences companies, Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to succeed in digital health care,” said Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, co-chair of the council. “This sector plays directly to our strengths.”