Dallas, Texas-based employee wellness company Viverae has acquired behavioral health company OneHealth for an undisclosed sum. Viverae counts 300 clients in various industries throughout the US that use its health management programs. OneHealth's offerings will bolster Viverae's by allowing users to anonymously support each others' emotional and physical health.
OneHealth offers members 24/7 structured peer support, education and tools to aide in the recovery from substance abuse and other behavioral health issues. The program uses social media and real-time tracking to monitor emotional states and to provide anonymous peer supports to help the member or their dependents stay sober.
“Viverae and OneHealth are well matched, because we share a passion for helping people get healthier,” Michael Nadeau, founder and CEO of Viverae said in a statement. “We’re emotionally invested in this business because we see the impact every day, and we know we’re making a difference. Our combined resources will help individuals navigate through a maze of health concerns while increasing productivity and preventing or mitigating the risks associated with chronic disease.”
Just a few weeks ago, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts announced that it had added mobile and online tools from OneHealth to its members.
Last summer Boston Medical Center, a safety-net hospital and affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, began using the OneHealth system -- which was originally designed to treat substance abuse, depression and other behavioral issues -- to its patient-centered medical home initiative. Boston Medical Center offers low-income patients access to the OneHealth online and mobile platform to promote self-management of chronic diseases, offer peer support and engage them in between office visits.
In April 2013 OneHealth announced a $9 million second round of funding from existing investor Lemhi Ventures to expand its services and help support its growing list of customers, which at that time included deals with Cenpatico, healthcare management organization Magellan, insurer Amerigroup, and food and drug retailer Safeway.
OneHealth was founded in 2008 as OneRecovery, and initially focused on working with addiction treatment centers to use social and gamification methods to help people dealing with addiction. Once it proved out the model it began applying its program to other mental health and behavioral conditions.