March 18, 2020
As cases of COVID-19 around the world increase, it is not only people’s physical health which is under threat.
Uncertainty, constant news and social isolation can trigger anxiety for many, especially those with pre-existing mental health conditions.
Stephen Buckley, head of information at UK Mind, said the pandemic is “causing people a lot of concern and media coverage might play a role in...
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.
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Santa Monica-based Headspace’s primary...
September 6, 2019
Consumer healthcare businesses can describe their work a lot of ways: as wellness, as disease prevention or as healthcare outside the traditional health system. Or there's biohacking, a term that has emerged to describe all kinds of ways individuals can optimize their own health in the same way that tech-saavy folks optimize their computers.
At the annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference this month in...
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...
September 5, 2018
Mindfulness meditation app maker Headspace has just announced that it is acquiring voice-enabled AI system Alpine.AI, furthering the former's development in personalization and conversational products. The deal, which was made for an undisclosed sum, means that Alpine's team will move over to Headspace’s San Francisco office.
"Alpine.AI will help dramatically improve our voice platforms allowing...
June 25, 2018
A prospective cohort study of 33 adolescent cancer patients suggests that providing a Fitbit activity tracker and an iPad equipped with specialized health apps at the time of diagnosis can increase at least subjective measures of quality of life.
In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, patients at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard...
June 6, 2018
It's not uncommon for doctors to tell patients that they need to relax, but now one company is aiming to develop a digital meditation product that can be prescribed by physicians. Headspace, maker of a mindfulness and meditation app, announced that it is a digital health subsidiary called Headspace Health. The goal of the subsidiary is to create a new prescription meditation app by 2020.
April 12, 2018
When stress levels are high, turning to an app for guided meditation might not be all that effective, according to a recent small study published in BMC Psychology.
Researchers found no significant difference in mindfulness, dispositions or critical thinking scores when comparing a group of participants that received mindfulness meditation training through an app to a group that went that went...
February 6, 2018
Wellness program technology firm Vitality Group today announced the launch of its Gateway program, a series of partnerships that brings digital chronic care, mental health care, and other wellness offerings to its US corporate membership.
Through the program, employee members will gain access to seven health companies’ offerings: Vida Health, a digital chronic care coaching company; Headspace, a...
August 8, 2017
Jonathan Linkous, who has led the American Telemedicine Association as CEO for 24 years, has abruptly stepped down, with the ATA citing "personal reasons" and no statement so far from Linkous himself.
“Jon was integral in the formation of the ATA and the telehealth industry,” Dr. Peter Yellowlee, ATA’s current board president, said in a statement. “We thank Jon for his many years of service and...