Since our launch in 2013, the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub has been a leader in Boston’s healthcare innovation ecosystem.

Brigham Innovation Hub (iHub) launched in September 2013 as a resource center for innovators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to advance their ideas for improving care. Since then iHub has evolved into a broader digital health consulting team, supporting internal innovation and also bringing in leading-edge digital solutions to create the hospital of the future.


Programs and Infrastructure

Programs and infrastructure enable all members of the hospital community to engage, from residents to information technology to human resources. iHub also brings together key players in the vibrant Boston healthcare ecosystem and beyond, through collaborations with organizations such as Microsoft, Redox, Evidation Health, and Harvard Business School.

Our Institution

We are excited to be disrupting from inside one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers to drive positive impact on patient care. We have support from our leadership to help digitize our healthcare system to provide all of our stakeholders with the kind of service and value that we all believe is necessary now and in the future.


Our mission

Our mission is to drive more patient-centered, efficient, and safe care through use, development, evaluation and commercialization of digital health.

We do this by:

  • Identifying and evaluating internal and external technology to address the challenge at hand,
  • Matching potential solutions to meet hospital needs,
  • Advancing early-stage ideas from internal BWH clinicians, scientists and employees.
  • Within our hospital walls, our team has led internal hackathons — we call them Innovation Series — with Pulmonary, Surgery, Radiology and others to address clinical problems and pain points. It has been immensely rewarding to watch those challenges turn into solutions – products and services to improve patient care.

Our unique perspective

How is iHub different? We are disrupting from inside one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. We have support from our leadership to help digitize our healthcare system to provide all of our stakeholders with the kind of service and value that we all believe is necessary now and in the future. And we involve everyone in the process – no matter who you are or what you do at BWH, we want to hear from you.

We want to make innovation part of your daily routine – even if it’s just thinking about what isn’t working for you and what digital health could do to improve your day-to-day work. Think about it while you’re commuting, waiting in line for coffee or walking down the Pike.


Our Team


Our Network

Brigham, Partners, and Harvard Medical School Community

Harvard Health Innovation Network

The Harvard Health Innovation Network, or HHIN, brings together key players in innovation and entrepreneurship within the Harvard Health family. By offering a wide range of innovative events, resources and opportunities, the HHIN aims to promote and keep Harvard Health as a leader in entrepreneurial innovation and discovery.  This network is open to students, practitioners, researchers and faculty within the Harvard network.

Boston Biomedical Innovation Center

The Boston Biomedical Innovation Center seeks collaborative research projects to develop technologies aimed at improving patient care in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. Technologies include diagnostics, therapeutics, and devices.  Projects that are in the earlier stages of pre-commercial development will be considered. Applications must address unmet needs to improve healthcare outcomes and aim to generate viable diagnostic, therapeutic or device candidates for commercial development. Apply for a pilot grant.

Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT)

Are you available this summer to jumpstart your idea “out of the lab and out of the building”? Applications are due April 10th for CIMIT’s Healthcare Commercialization Bootcamp. Teams will leave with a solid business plan and commercialization roadmap. Don’t miss this chance to be guided by Boston’s healthcare commercialization experts! For more information on eligibility and requirements click here.

Harvard Catalyst: The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

Established in 2008, the Catalyst | Center is dedicated to improving human health by enabling collaboration and providing tools, training, and technologies to clinical and translational investigators. As a shared enterprise of Harvard University, Harvard Catalyst resources are made freely available to all Harvard faculty and trainees, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic degree.


Harvard Innovation Lab

The i-lab is a cross-university resource center for students from across Harvard interested in entrepreneurship and innovation. The programming offered by the i-lab is designed to help students grow their ventures at any stage of development and covers a wide range of disciplines.

MIT Hacking Medicine

MIT Hacking Medicine energizes and connects the best minds across MIT and the health ecosystem to teach, learn, and launch the next generation of healthcare solutions to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges at home and abroad.

The Rock Center at Harvard Business School

The Rock Center has embraced Arthur Rock’s vision in becoming the “Center of What’s Next.” Through a community of support, access to content that inspires and informs, and a gateway to entrepreneurial ecosystems everywhere, we help HBS students and alumni create ventures that revolutionize.

Startup Guides

Hacking Healthcare Entrepreneurship: A Startup Guide Inspired by MIT’s H@cking Medicine

In this eBook, with stories written by Christina Hernandez Sherwood and Nicola Parry, you’ll read more about our process, get insight from entrepreneurs who got their start at H@cking Medicine hackathons, and go inside our biggest event to date: Healthcare’s Grand H@ckfest.

FDA 101: Rock Health’s Guide for Digital Health Entrepreneurs

Given pending mobile medical apps guidance from the FDA, Rock Health has developed a guide for digital health entrepreneurs trying to navigate the FDA process. The report covers the current scope of regulatory oversight, device classification and premarket requirements for digital health companies creating regulated products. Digital health entrepreneurs that have successfully navigated the process offer pointers and best practices to startups.

athenahealth MDP Accelerator

Health care entrepreneurs need every possible edge. athenahealth’s MDP Accelerator program provides you with a tailored program, VIP access to experts and exposure to over 59,000 providers. Join us, and give your innovative solution the opportunity and scale it deserves


The Capital Network

We bring together the area’s largest active community of investors and startup experts to provide you with the practical, hands-on education and personalized mentoring you need as you navigate the fundraising process. Our programs were created in collaboration with the investors who fund our area’s startups; they regularly participate in our curriculum development and execution, and share what you need to know, before you ask them for capital.

New England Venture Capital Association

As a group of investors at firms that range from small to large and from tech to life science, members of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) share a common goal: to maintain a vibrant venture capital community in New England that helps keep our thriving startup ecosystem strong.

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