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Rick Sacra, Deval Patrick

Dr. Rick Sacra, a Massachusetts doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, and Gov. Deval Patrick converse Tuesday at the State House. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

We bring you this week’s healthcare and medtech trends, from Boston and beyond:

1. Gov. Patrick Announces a $1 Million Ebola Grant

This Tuesday, Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will issue a $1 million grant dedicated to preventing the spread of Ebola. The grant will support collaboration between many MA companies in hopes of developing a quicker diagnostic test for Ebola that will provide a clear “yes” or “no” after 45 minutes. Speakers at the announcement event included Dr. Richard Sacra, an Ebola survivor and a physician at the University of Massachusetts medical center, who told the press that he plans to return to Liberia. If this grant produces a better Ebola test, he won’t have to worry about a 21 day quarantine when he returns.

2. Massachusetts is Ranked the Third Healthiest State in America

America’s Health Rankings released their 25th annual health rankings report and Massachusetts was ranked third on the list. The Bay State earned its ranking primarily due to reduced rates of infant mortality, premature death, and physical inactivity during the last few years. The one area in which Massachusetts didn’t do so well? The rankings cited a “high prevalence of binge drinking.”

3. Startup Combines Google Glass and EHRs

EHR options may be increasing, but many physicians still complain that the required data input too extensive and reduces the amount of face-to-face time spent with patients. Augmedix, a startup based in San Francisco, recently announced that they’re looking for ways to integrate Google Glass with EHRs, bringing information into EHR systems quickly and accurately. They aim to give physicians the ability to update a patient’s health records in real time while interacting with that patient, too. Have your own ideas about how to use Google Class most effectively in healthcare? Keep them in mind for MedTech Boston’s 2015 Google Glass Challenge, which will be held this spring.

Brendan Pease

Brendan Pease

    Brendan Pease was MedTech Boston's first ever editorial and events intern. He is now a junior at Harvard University where he studies Molecular and Cellular Biology. He’s also the Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Harvard Science Review. Previously, he worked as a Market Intelligence intern at athenahealth and as a research assistant in the Goldberg Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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