Above photo: A screengrab of the Wysa app,
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
April 12, 2019
From virtual therapy to mindfulness and meditation aids, there’s little shortage of digital tools catching investors’ eyes and breaking into the crowded behavioral health market. Although a number of these services are positioning their business to focus on payers and employers, many others are taking their products directly to consumers via monthly subscriptions, one-time retail purchases or...
February 6, 2019
Big Health, the London and San Francisco-based digital health app company behind CBT-based sleep app Sleepio, has released its second app, Daylight, which is focused on combating worry and anxiety. Like Sleepio, the app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It was developed by a group of creatives the company describes as "leading podcast producers, filmmakers, designers and animators,...