CBT

By Laura Lovett 03:12 pm July 29, 2020
A new randomized control trial published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that participants using Big Health’s cognitive behavioral therapy app Daylight reduced symptoms of anxiety.  Researchers also found that participants using the app had a decrease in secondary symptoms such as worry and depressive symptoms.  “In this study, we found that Daylight helped participants...
By Dave Muoio 11:04 am June 18, 2020
Big Health, maker of digital health apps targeting poor sleep, worry and anxiety, has announced a $39 million Series B raise. Gilde Health and Morningside Ventures headlined the funding. Samsung NEXT also participated in the raise, as did prior backers Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Octopus Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Big Health's two major digital health products Sleepio and Daylight are digital...

Above photo: A screengrab of the Wysa app,

By Dean Koh 03:30 am May 20, 2020
Health insurer Aetna International announced that it is partnering with Wysa, an AI-powered chatbot and mental well-being app as part of the former’s ongoing efforts to address the 'second curve' of the COVID-19 pandemic – a less visible but increasing mental well-being crisis. The health insurance company recently enhanced member access to a range of resources, including its virtual health...
By Dean Koh 06:28 am April 29, 2020
Singapore-based digital health company, Intellect, which was founded in 2019, has recently launched an app that provides a new form of digital therapy without any human intervention. The personalized app transforms conventional face-to-face therapy into bite-sized modern self-therapy sessions at the user’s own convenience.  It tackles a variety of issues pertaining to the user’s personal...
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 04:00 pm February 4, 2020
New study results published online in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggest that a binge eating treatment strategy combining cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), telemedicine consultations and Noom’s self-monitoring app could be effective in reducing symptoms compared to standard care. Announced back in in 2015, the investigation — conducted by researchers from Mount Sinai, Kaiser Permanente...
By Dave Muoio 04:05 pm January 7, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional statements from Pear Therapeutics. Pear Therapeutics pulled back the curtain this morning on a number of new deals between the prescription digital therapeutics maker and other tech companies or researchers. Ranging from virtual reality therapies to voice biomarker tech, the moves appear to be an effort from Pear to add new products to...
By Tammy Lovell 01:50 am December 24, 2019
Internet-enabled cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) provider, Ieso Digital Health is providing a new online therapy service to NHS patients with mild to moderate mental health conditions. After officially launching its low intensity ‘step two’ CBT service in September, it rolled out a beta trial across a number of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Patients receive treatment remotely via...
By Dave Muoio 11:53 am 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...
By Leontina Postelnicu 02:42 pm 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. TOPLINE DATA According to the researchers, findings...