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#NowTrending: This Week’s MedTech News

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


shutterstock_1231140311. EHR security breaches more than doubled in the past year (via Washington Examiner)

As hospitals and AMCs increasingly switch to electronic health records, security increasingly becomes a point of concern. A report provided to the Washington Examiner estimates that in the past year, over 94 million EHRs have been compromised — more than double the total number of affected records in the past six years — at an estimated cost of $50 billion.

“The dramatic increase in the average number of records compromised in a single breach is alarming and may be a consequence of the more connected health care system for which we are striving,” according to the paper.


2. BWH study shows web-based tech can improve patient-provider relationship

A new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that use of a web-based patient-centered toolkit   increased engagement and understanding of their care. The researchers provided patients and caregivers in the hospital’s medical intensive care and oncology units with iPads loaded with apps and tools to participate in their plan of care.

“Doctors and nurses oversee the plan of care, but the patients’ goals, priorities, and preferences may not always be effectively conveyed to the clinical care team. Decision-making should be shared among patients, families and healthcare providers,” said lead author Anuj Dalal, MD, in a press release. “We found that this tool widened communication, helping patients and family members partner with healthcare providers to improve the quality and safety of their care.”

The results of the study are published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.


3. City of Boston awarded $50,000 to “Startup in a Day” (via BetaBoston)

Anyone who’s tried starting a business knows the process can be a bureaucratic nightmare — but it might be getting a little easier in Boston. The city was awarded a “Start Small” competition award of %50,000 from the Small Business Administration to make it easier for startups to launch in less than a day.

The city “has been working to make the permitting process in Boston easy, transparent, and predictable and this will help us expand those efforts,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a statement.


4. Boston’s InciteHealth named Growth Accelerator Fund Competition winner (via BetaBoston)

Harvard’s InciteHealth, a fellowship program aimed at rethinking healthcare delivery in the U.S., received $50,000 from the Small Business Administration. The competition awarded a total of $4.4 million to startup accelerators “that work to foster entrepreneurship among women and other underrepresented groups and fill geographic gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by connecting businesses across the country,” according to BetaBoston.



5. What makes a great entrepreneur? Ten years of data has the answers (via 10 Year Project)

First Round Capital took 10 years of proprietary investing data — since their very first investment in January 2005 — and analyzed it in the hopes of identifying what attributes indicate successful entrepreneurs. Although the data represents a small subset of the entire market, some clear (and surprising) trends did emerge.

A few key takeaways include:

  • Female founders consistently outperform male peers.
  • Founding teams with an average age under 25 years old outperform older groups.
  • Solo founders do much worse than teams.

The full report can be found online.



Paula Sokolska

Paula Sokolska

    Paula is a freelance science writer and strategic communications associate at Health Leads. Formerly a managing editor at MedTech Boston, she has a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University and has worked with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Boston Globe, Social Documentary Network, BU Today and several nonprofit organizations. She can be reached at paula.sokolska@gmail.com.

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