We bring you this week’s medtech news, from Boston and beyond:
1. M2D2’s Bigger Space
The University of Massachusetts medical device incubator M2D2 will open a new, fully-equipped shared lab space on June 1st of this year. The collaborative space, in Lowell, MA, will provide innovators with lab space, support, training, resources, mentorship, conference rooms, event space, internet, a kitchen, and more. “After all these months of planning and construction, we can’t wait to welcome even more early stage med device and biotech innovators,” MaryAnn Picard, Associate Director of M2D2, said in a blog post.
2. Video Visits from Doctor on Demand
According to MobiHealthNews, MultiCare Health System will soon be offering video visits to Washington-based patients via the service Doctor on Demand. The option will allow anyone in the state of Washington to consult their physicians via video chat about basic medical issues, including the flu, colds and coughs, eye infections, UTIs, sports injuries and more – all for the low price of $40.
“We know that busy families are demanding more convenient access to health care,” MultiCare Health System Chief Physician Officer Claire Spain-Remy said in a statement. “This new offering will make it easier for them to get the care they need. We are pleased to be able to partner with Doctor On Demand to bring this service to our communities.”
3. A New Pregnancy Test
Abbott’s point-of-care i-STAT device is now FDA approved for pregnancy tests, according to a release from the company this week. While urine tests are the typical method for determining pregnancy, those tests can take time and can be challenging to collect. With the i-STAT, two to three drops of blood can provide accurate pregnancy results within ten minutes at the bedside – an ideal tool for critical care settings.
4. The Home and Community-Based Services Quality Project
Boston Children’s Hospital resident and Care at Hand CEO Andrey Ostrovsky announced this week that he has been selected to serve on the National Quality Forum’s Home and Community-Based Services Committee (HCBS). He’ll be working with national experts and leaders to address gaps in community health support.
“Specifically, they will be defining HCBS, developing an HCBS conceptual measurement framework, conducting an environmental scan of current measures and measure concepts, identifying and prioritizing gaps, and making recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the development of new measure,” says Kyle Sloan, Care at Hand’s communications coordinator, of the appointment.
Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.
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