Blueprint, a startup building software for mental health data collection and clinician review, has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Lightbank and Hyde Park Angels.
What they do
Blueprint’s app-based platform distributes standardized clinical assessments to patients and automatically logging behavioral factors such as sleep or exercise with the smartphone’s sensors. Data from both of these sources is combined and charted to provide mental health providers clear insights regarding the health of each specific patient — with little to no additional input from either party.
“Our software monitors patients between appointments and collects continuous clinical measurements via our mobile app,” Danny Freed, CEO and founder of Blueprint, said in an email statement provided to MobiHealthNews. “Clinicians are then empowered to use this data at the point of-care to inform treatment decisions. And the key is they can finally do this without the burden of collecting this valuable data themselves, which most don't have time to do across an entire patient population.”
In addition, the platform also automatically submits insurance reimbursement claims for each clinical assessment completed by the patient.
“We’re particularly excited about how our product helps align incentives for patients, clinicians, and payers. With our measurement-based care platform, we can enable clinicians to help patients feel better faster. And in doing so, we can unlock valuable reimbursement opportunities for clinicians.”
What it’s for
According to the announcement, Blueprint will be using its new funding to beef up its engineering and sales teams while expanding clinician outreach.
A handful of app-based platforms are looking to better facilitate professional mental health care. Quartet Health, for instance, analyzes patients’ broader health record to identify potential mental health conditions and connect them to care, while Basis’ consumer-friendly service hosts voice or video consultations between patients and specialists for $35 dollars per session.
As for consumer-focused mental health apps, there’s no shortage of options available across each of the major app stores — however, a recent analysis noted that they very rarely provide evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their health claims.
On the record
“The Blueprint team has built something truly amazing, and we are extremely excited to partner with them,” Vic Pascucci III, managing partner at Lightbank, said in a statement. “With the benefits that measurement-based care can provide, we see a bright future ahead not only for the patients using the app, but for Blueprint as well.”