Massachusetts unveils digital health initiative

Jeff Rowe
Massachusetts unveils digital health initiative

While it’s already home to several of the top healthcare delivery systems in the United States, not to mention hosting the headquarters of a number of health IT corporations, Massachusetts recently announced plans to develop a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.

At a press event at Boston Children’s Hospital, Gov. Charlie Baker said, “This emerging industry cluster has the potential to become a powerful driver of job creation across the Commonwealth, while also unlocking new advances in improving patient care and lowering health care costs.”

Under the new arrangement, the City of Boston, Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) will work to bring public, private, academic, and provider stakeholders together within their new digital innovation hub, which will provide the space, education, and programming to drive new ideas about technology and systemic improvements.

The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership brings together executive leaders from many of the state’s largest businesses in an effort to increase the region’s competitiveness and promote job growth.

”Strong public-private partnerships are what make our City, and our region, more competitive in the global economy," added Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "We know that the digital healthcare industry is Boston's future, and I thank our state and private sector partners for their support.”

MeHI will become the state’s implementing agency for the project.  Governor Baker plans to file legislation to expand the mission and scope of the organization, which already works to accelerate the adoption of EHRs and health information exchange technologies.

MACP also announced several private industry-led initiatives this morning that will help accelerate growth in the digital health sector, including innovative approaches to provide private funds for digital healthcare companies that are starting up, located in, or planning to re-locate to, Massachusetts.