NASA astronaut Scott Kelly checks out the Microsoft HoloLens aboard a space station on February 20, 2016. The device is part of NASA's project Sidekick, which is exploring the use of augmented reality to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency with which astronauts can work in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
November 8, 2019
Spending three years in an enclosed spacecraft with less than a handful of companions is a daunting task — not just physically but psychologically. However, that will be the reality for the crew going to Mars, a trip which is slated for some time in the next two decades.
“These people who travel with a small crew and small habitable body [face] psychological stress of that confinement and...
November 7, 2019
Telehealth giant American Well has struck a deal to acquire Aligned Telehealth, a vendor of telepsychiatry and behavioral health that services providers and payers. American Well says that this move will make it the largest enterprise telepsychiatry platform operating in the US.
At this time, the companies are not sharing any terms of the deal such as its price, official effective date or whether...
October 22, 2019
Octave, a startup behavioral health practice that blends in-person therapy with virtual coaching services, has collected $11 million in Series A funding. The raise was led by Greycroft and supported by Obvious Ventures.
The announcement also coincides with news of a partnership that establishes Octave as an in-network provider for Anthem Blue Cross of California. In addition, it is opening two...
October 10, 2019
Facebook is looking serve as the facilitator of constructive, supportive mental health discussions between friends with today’s release of new features for the social media network and its private messaging service, Messenger.
Timed for release on the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day, the company has unveiled a “Let’s Talk” photo filter for Stories that invites peers struggling...
October 10, 2019
Sentio, a behavioral health startup offering an emotion-sensing wearable and a connected support app, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Felicis Ventures, with additional support from Anthemis Exponential Ventures and SOSV, and brings the company’s total raise to $6.3 million.
WHAT THEY DO
Sentio’s Feel platform is headlined by the Feel Emotion Sensor, a wristband that...
October 2, 2019
Digital obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) identification and management platform NOCD has received $4 million in Series A funding. The round was headed by Chicago Ventures, with Glen Tullman’s 7Wire Ventures, Meridian Street Capital and Hyde Park Angels also participating.
WHAT THEY DO
NOCD’s app acts as a resource for individuals who have, or suspect they have, the condition. It features a...
September 4, 2019
Even more ECG. Electronics hardware company Asus pulled back the curtain on its latest health and fitness smartwatch today at IFA 2019 in Berlin. Engadget, TechRadar and others report that the VivoWatch SP includes a built-in ECG sensor alongside a PPG sensor, GPS tracking, an altimeter and roughly 14 days of battery life. The company is aiming for worldwide availability before the end of the...
August 27, 2019
Cambridge, UK-based company Ieso Digital Health, provider of an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) service, has carried out a study that sought to determine psychotherapy features associated with improvements in patient symptoms after applying deep learning to large-scale clinical data from its platform, published in JAMA Psychiatry.
According to the researchers, findings...
June 17, 2019
Quartet Health, a startup focused on behavioral health and primary care, has brought in another $60 million in funding, bringing its total raise to $153 million. The Series D round was headlined by Centene Corporation, with support from returning backers F-Prime Capital Partners, GV, Oak HC/FT and Polaris Partners.
WHAT THEY DO
Quartet’s integrated platform links providers, payers and services...
May 15, 2019
Livongo’s acquisition last year of myStrength is bearing its first fruits, as the company announced today a new suite of behavioral health tools aimed at tackling the range of experiences that can come with pregnancy and early parenthood.
Through a mobile or web app, the program provides users with a range of resources and activities including guided meditations, quizzes and videos based on...