behavioral health

By Dean Koh 12:00 am May 19, 2020
Founded in 2015, Singapore-headquartered digital health and data analytics company Holmusk yesterday announced a $21.5 million funding round, led by Optum Ventures (OV) and Health Catalyst Capital (HCC) and included existing investors Heritas Capital and other individuals. Dr Vijay Barathan from OV and Charles Boorady from HCC will be joining the Board of Directors. Holmusk has offices in New...
By HIMSS Media 01:33 pm May 14, 2020
Telehealth of all stripes has exploded since COVID-19, but one particular subset deserves further examination: telebehavioral health, an area in which the crisis has upended the norms of supply as well as demand as the crisis take's a toll on the world's collective mental health. In this episode, host Jonah Comstock, Managing Editors Laura Lovett and Susan Morse and Associate Editor Dave Muoio...
By Dave Muoio 03:55 pm April 28, 2020
UnitedHealth Group's Optum is reportedly in late-stage talks with AbleTo regarding a roughly $470 million acquisition of the virtual behavioral-care company, according to unnamed sources who spoke to CNBC. Optum is already a stakeholder in the New York company, having provided a "significant investment" through its Optum Ventures arm back in January of 2019. At the time, Optum Ventures Principal...
By Dave Muoio 02:38 pm April 16, 2020
The FDA released new guidance on digital health devices for treating psychiatric disorders that waives several regulatory requirements – such as need to submit a 510(k) premarket notification – for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. "Device availability may increase patient access to digital therapeutics while individuals are following 'stay at home' orders or practicing social distancing,...
By Dave Muoio 04:28 pm April 8, 2020
Easy access to (temporarily) free counseling. Consumer telehealth and mail-order prescription services Hims and Hers are dipping into the mental health wellness space. The brands kicked off new anonymized group therapy and guided meditation offerings yesterday, with the therapy sessions led by a licensed mental health practitioner. The group sessions are currently being offered free of charge in...
By Dave Muoio 04:09 pm April 6, 2020
From me to you. Employee-wellness company Wellable has acquired assets from fellow digital-wellness product-maker MeYou Health, the companies announced. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, it does transfer ownership of MeYou's Daily Challenge product to Wellable. This program encourages healthy eating, physical activity, stress management and other behaviors through daily email and...
By Dave Muoio 01:44 pm March 11, 2020
Lyra Health, maker of a digital benefits platform focused on behavioral health, announced today that it is adding $75 million in Series C funding to the roughly $100 million it had raised previously. The new investments were headed by IVP, with additional support coming from new backer Meritech Capital Partners and prior investors Casdin Capital, Crown Venture Fund, Glynn Capital, Greylock...
By Laura Lovett 10:12 am March 5, 2020
Yesterday morning, Ginger announced that it acquired fellow digital mental-wellness company LiveBetter's technology assets.  LiveBetter has focused on brining virtual mental health tools to smartphone users for free. Meanwhile Ginger focuses on providing digital mental health services including behavior-health coaching, video therapy, tele-psychiatry visits and other self-guided content. It...
By Dave Muoio 02:46 pm February 12, 2020
Mindfulness and meditation app maker Headspace has announced a Series C funding round consisting of $53 million in equity and $40 million in debt financing. The investment was headed by blisce/, with participation from new backers Waverly Capital and Times Bridge as well as prior investors The Chernin Group, Spectrum Equity and Advancit Capital. WHAT THEY DO Santa Monica-based Headspace’s primary...
By Laura Lovett 03:04 pm December 19, 2019
Emilio Health, a tech-minded pediatric behavioral health startup, announced a $5 million seed round yesterday. The new cash infusion was led by Oak HC/FT.  As part of the investment deal, Annie Lamont, Oak HC/FT’s cofounder and managing partner, will be joining Emilio Health’s board of directors.  WHAT THEY DO  Emilio is taking a hybrid approach to behavioral health. Its services will include...