MeHI, Lever Announce Finalists for Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge

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WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) and Lever announced the eight finalists for the first Massachusetts Digital Health COVID-19 Recovery Challenge, a new program meant to identify and grow digital health tools that will help drive economic recovery from the pandemic. 
 
The Challenge is focused on finding solutions to help unpaid family caregivers manage caregiving tasks that were exacerbated by the pandemic and more easily return to work. The program is sponsored by MeHI and supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and the SPRINT Challenge Grant program.
 
All eight finalists will participate in a three-month accelerator program run by Lever, including an intensive series of lean startup workshops and tailored mentoring from experts to develop their innovative tool, streamline their business plan, and work on their go-to-market strategy. The finalists will then compete for a total of $250,000 in "tuition" at one of nine R&D centers in MeHI’s Digital Health Sandbox Network, with the winner receiving $100,000 in tuition and $50,000 to the second, third, and fourth runners up. Winners will use the tuition to complete a six-month project with their chosen R&D partner to test and validate their product or service.
 
The finalists are:
 
Beeyonder (Wayland, Mass.): Beeyonder is a guided virtual travel platform designed to offer experiences to people with disabilities or other circumstances that make travel impossible. Founded by double amputee Brittany Palmer, Beeyonder lets users and their families access hundreds of live, interactive tours at locations across the world.
 
Cigna Caregiver (Newton, Mass.): Caregiver, an intrapreneur project by Cigna, is a supportive application that offers concierge-level coaching and resources for caregivers, including counseling and planning, chronic condition management, community resources, and more.
 
Dear Mémé (Boston, Mass.): Dear Meme is an algorithmically driven provider of activity kits for caregivers and families who care for someone with dementia. Each kit is personalized based on information from caregivers and is designed to bring a shared, fun experience to people living with dementia and those who care for them.
 
Help Around Town, Inc. (Lexington, Mass.): Help Around Town is a job board and community marketplace that connects people who want flexible work opportunities with neighbors who need tasks completed. Senior citizens who need help aging in place are among its most frequent job posters and Help Around Town has matched them with people nearby who can assist them for nearly a decade.
 
Kinto (Cambridge, Mass.): Kinto is a virtual platform that offers caregiver coaching, a personalized e-learning curriculum, and peer support groups. Trained coaches develop personalized plans with each caregiver, offer advice, and connect caregivers with their peers to provide a forum that lets them share experiences, solutions, and empathy.
 
Power of Patients (Boston, MA): Power of Patients is an innovative, AI-driven telehealth app that collects data from patients or caregivers with the option to connect directly to healthcare providers. This data collection allows providers to personalize care plans and offer real-time insights into their patients’ health.
 
See Yourself Health (Beverly, MA): See Yourself Health is a peer-to-peer support platform that connects family caregivers to specialists and other caregivers using VR avatar experiences. Specialists help foster knowledge, confidence, and well-being for caregivers coping with their roles and advocating for their loved ones’ health.
 
Thriving.ai (Boston, MA): Thriving is an app that brings everyone involved in a senior’s healthcare, social care, informal family care, and professional care together to support independent living. Seniors can keep in touch with their families and the app can actively and passively collect health data, providing updates and insights to both formal and family caregivers, resulting in improved communication, better coordinated care, reduced stress, and more peace of mind.
 

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North Adams Urgent Care Center Ready to Open in November


The center will offer a variety of services for urgent, non-life-threatening illnesses, including labs, vaccinations, X-rays and pharmacy. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care and ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care are teaming up to bring convenient care options to the Northern Berkshire community. The organizations have formed a joint venture to build and operate an urgent care center under the identity of SVHC Urgent Care powered by ClearChoiceMD. 
 
The new center located in the Stevens Plaza next to Stop & Shop was approved by the Planning Board in December 2020. 
 
This is the first urgent care center to serve North Adams and the surrounding communities. Up until now, people with urgent medical needs had to seek care in the emergency room or drive 20 miles to the nearest urgent care clinic. The partnership between ClearChoiceMD and SVHC will meet a need in this community.
 
"Partnering with ClearChoiceMD was an easy decision for us," stated Stephen Majetich, chief financial officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. "Not only are our missions aligned — to provide our communities accessible, affordable, compassionate, exceptional patient care; they are also the Northeast's leader in developing physician-led urgent care centers focused on patient-centered care."
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