Healthcare Innovation. Community.
Mentorship & Strategic Guidance
Most health startups fail to get their product accepted into clinical use.
MD Idea Lab can help improve the acceptance of your product with our coders, mentors and connections.
MD Idea Lab is a community for digital health startups. We've created an ecosystem of passionate mentors-from investors to entrepreneurs to doctors—who whip early stage health startups and ideas into shape.
Physicians, trained in clinical and medical informatics, guide you in developing your prototype, make sure it is HIPAA compliant & introduce you to the complexities of an actual clinical environment.
Our mentors are affiliated with Harvard Medical School, major hospitals, including Children's Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Medical Center, and Tufts Medical Center as well as the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT.
Our goal is to get your startup integrated into real-world clinical systems, connected to Boston-area hospitals and clinics, ready for funding.
We do not require a lengthy application or contest. Join MD Idea Lab with a monthly membership, no obligation, and enjoy the benefits: come to events, attend workshops, and connect with mentors.
Members in the Spotlight
- Momedx [Dr. Yuri Ostrovsky PHD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer] - The technological revolution in healthcare today is data-driven. But health data needs to be collected in a way that makes it useful. Too often, valuable information is ignored because it is too difficult (or too much trouble) to understand, or it is incomplete or unstructured. In short, it's not in a format that makes it actionable. There needs to be a way of making information ... flow. Simple, intuitive, quick. With the momedx platform, complex logic flow is structured, but altered with the flick of a finger. Information is gathered painlessly, intuitively ... and presented automatically, at-a-glance. And the information can even trigger action. All of this is configurable in one place, in moments.
- Sakti Medical Systems [Managing Director (CEO) Paul Pyzowski] - Sakti provides diagnostic testing and clinical decision support to physicians treating chronic pain, addiction, and substance abuse. Drug abuse and addiction - for both prescription painkillers and illicit substances - is a major public healthcare crisis. Sakti combines traditional diagnostic testing with proprietary software, algorithms and databases to provide physicians treating these patients with better clinical decision support, and provide payors/insurers with an outcome driven program providing better value for money spent on addiction prevention and treatment.
- Pillbx - Secure, Technology-Driven Prescription Medication Dispenser that is controllable via the internet and trackable via GPS. Prescription overdoses kill more people than heroin and cocaine. Our technology hopes to prevent needless death and addiction. We put control back in controlled substances.
- NervCell - An open, innovative platform that aggregates patient data from multiple sources by taking advantage of existing Internet browser technology. NervCell is the first web browser dedicated to healthcare with the goal of improving outcomes and eliminating waste. By connecting to the eHealth Network (NHIN) and allowing innovation via an API, NervCell will eliminate the barriers to interoperability and innovation. NervCell will improve the integration of care among providers. This integration could encompass a wide variety of provider types, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, hospitals and non-acute providers. Ultimately, this integration should result in care that is safer, more efficient, and of better service and higher quality. NervCell is for providers, patients and payers. Each type of user can customize NervCell to fit their unique healthcare situation. This allows application developers to provide their users with an interface resulting in applications which are richer, easier to deploy, and more interactive than current web applications.
We are located on the Boston campus of the University of Massachusetts, 100 Morrisey Blvd. Easy access by MBTA. Take the Red Line to the JFK/UMass stop, get on the free shuttle to the Campus Center. From there make your way to the Venture Development Center on the 3rd floor of Wheatley Hall. Directions and Parking.
- The US NIH has re-issued its solicitation for research projects on health literacy. The eligibility requirements are broad and allow for applications from non-US / foreign institutions. There are separate calls for standard research projects (R01), small grants (R03), and exploratory projects (R21). The research project (R01) solicitation is here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/PA-files/PAR-13-130.html
- Applying Behavioral Economics to Perplexing Health and Health Care Challenges RWJF 2013 Call for Proposals
- Merck Global Health Innovation
- California Health Care Foundation Health Innovation Fund
- West Health Investment Fund and West Health Incubator
- Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Pioneer Program
- BCBS Ventures
- Heritage Group
- NIH Grants & Funding
- Understanding Clinical Information Needs and Health Care Decision Making Processes in the Context of Health Information Technology
- Career Development and Dissertation Research Grants: To support the career development of clinical and research doctorates focusing their research on one of three health IT research areas
- Small Research Grant to Improve Healthcare Quality through Health IT
- Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health IT
- Johnson & Johnson Seed Grant Funding
- NSF’s Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps)
- VDC: UMass Boston Venture Development Center
- Idea: Northeastern University Venture Accelerator
- HI: Harvard Innovation Lab
- Boston Innovation District
- Boston Innovation Center