mental health

By Jonah Comstock July 9, 2018
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will launch a new wide-ranging app in December that allows all patients to book appointments, consult their medical records, and more, the government agency announced last week. Though many of the features are already available online, the new app will bring them together into one mobile access point. "I want this innovation to mark the death-knell of the 8...
By Dave Muoio June 22, 2018
Behavioral health technology company AbleTo has raised an additional $8.5 million in funding, according to an SEC filing released Wednesday. The company most recently brought in $36.6 million in September 2017, and with the additional backing has raised a total of $65.9 million. Its existing backers include Bain Capital Ventures, 406 Ventures, Sandbox Industries, HLM Venture Partners, Horizon...
By Dave Muoio May 7, 2018
Digital behavioral health company Lyra Health announced today that it has secured a $45 million Series B round of funding. Participants in the round included new investors Tenaya Capital, Glynn Capital, Crown Ventures, and Casdin Capital, as well as returning funders Greylock Partners, Venrock, and Providence Ventures. According to a statement, the new funding will be put toward developing...
By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida-based TAO Connect is making its digital self-help and therapy tool direct to consumers for the first time, after previously offering it via schools, community health centers, and employee assistance plans. The company will offer a monthly subscription to its mobile app, which contains interactive educational content around stress, anxiety, resilience training, alcohol and...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Provata's 2016 revenue. Merck subsidiary StayWell, which offers a preventative health platform for employers, health plans, and health systems, has acquired Provata Health for an undisclosed sum. Provata Health makes a digital health platform for employee wellness, which includes a chronic disease management program incorporating a...
By Jonah Comstock December 27, 2017
Digital health in pharma definitely had a milestone moment in the fourth quarter with the FDA approval of Abilify MyCite, a new, sensor-enabled version of Otsuka’s drug for schizophrenia powered by Proteus Digital Health’s ingestible sensor technology. In addition to that, the quarter saw numerous other moves by pharma companies around clinical trials, chronic disease management, mental health,...
By Dave Muoio December 5, 2017
When mobile users perform a Google search for PTSD or a related query on their mobile device, the search engine will now automatically offer them resources and a validated screening questionnaire for the condition.  The effort — a partnership between Google, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD — looks to increase the...
By Jonah Comstock November 15, 2017
Pacifica Labs has added a therapist directory feature to its mental health app, further connecting the app to the provider dashboard the company launched in February. "A lot of times what may happen for an individual as they start using Pacifica is they’ll realize that this is something that’s affecting them a lot more deeply than they thought," CEO Dale Beerman told MobiHealthNews. "And then how...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2017
Brown University researchers have announced a partnership with Hasbro to add medication reminders, basic artificial intelligence, and other capabilities to the toymaker’s Joy for All Companion Pets, a collection of animatronic cats and dogs intended to relieve loneliness and improve mental health among older adults. The Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Elderly Support (ARIES) project looks to...
By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2017
Otsuka, the Japanese pharma company that makes the antipsychotic drug Abilify, has partnered with Australian digital health company Medibio to use Medibio’s system to assess the efficacy of its flagship product. Medibio uses wearable-derived data about heart rate, motion, and sleep to create objective biomarkers for mental illness. “We have proprietary algorithms and technology that use circadian...