depression

By Dave Muoio May 16, 2019
Help from above. The Department of Justice has taken the side of tech-enabled insurer Oscar Health in a federal antitrust suit it filed in November of last year against Florida Blue, Crain’s New York Business reports. While Oscar’s motion for a temporary injunction was rejected by a federal judge back in February, the DOJ filed a statement in April arguing that Florida Blue had incorrectly...
By Dave Muoio May 6, 2019
Editor's Note: An original headline for this story contained an error, and has since been corrected. Boston- and San Francisco-based Pear Therapeutics, maker of prescription digital therapeutics for substance abuse, has kicked off a feasibility study for Pear-006, an in-development treatment for depressive symptoms in those with multiple sclerosis (MS). Pear Therapeutics has been developing Pear-...
By Dave Muoio January 24, 2019
The acceptability, safety, feasibility and preliminary efficacy of Meru Health’s digital therapeutic for depression will be evaluated in a new two-year investigation conducted by Stanford Medicine and VA Palo Alto Health Care System researchers. According to a clinicaltrials.gov listing, the research program will enroll older adults aged at least 40 years with depressive symptoms in two studies...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2019
Omada Health will launch new programs for customers with depression and anxiety, the company announced yesterday. The company has entered into a perpetual licensing agreement with Lantern Health, a digital mental health company that shut down its commercial operations last August, and will integrate Lantern’s software into its existing infrastructure. Additionally, a few members of Lantern’s team...
By Laura Lovett January 3, 2019
This morning Otsuka America, a subsidiary of the Japanese pharma company, announced that it is teaming up with Click Therapeutics, maker of software as a prescription medical treatment, to create a new digital therapeutic to treat major depressive disorder (MDD).  The goal of the partnership is to develop a software app that will employ cognitive therapy principles and can be used either with or...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2018
Apple’s healthcare patent update. A new Hong Kong and European trademark updates the classification of Apple’s AirPods to include health, fitness, exercise and wellness sensors (kudos to Patently Apple, which spotted the update). The updated classification also includes language concerning the transmission of biometric data, heart rate, body movement and burned calories. Despite this and other...
By Dave Muoio August 16, 2018
WellBrain, a Bay Area meditation-focused addiction prevention and chronic pain management platform, announced yesterday that it has acquired Mevoked, a behavioral analytics platform that currently offers a digital program for management of perinatal and postpartum mental health conditions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Inspired by the meditation practices of Tibetian monks, WellBrain’...
teen using digital health app while exercising
By Jonah Comstock August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...
By Dave Muoio July 23, 2018
Suicide attempts were less frequent, albeit nonsignificantly, among adolescents who received an inpatient suicide intervention supported in the following weeks by a specialized app, according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry. Both the three-hour As Safe As Possible (ASAP) in-person intervention and the app, called BRITE, look to educate patients on various coping...
By Jonah Comstock July 2, 2018
Healthy Interactions, a population health company that offers both digital and in-person programs for chronic disease management and education, announced last week that it has added two new programs, for cardiovascular disease and depression, to its portfolio.  The company's initial focus was on diabetes, and it launched its original program, diabetes self-management education and support, in...