mental health

By Dave Muoio 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...
By Laura Lovett April 11, 2019
There is an app for just about everything, and the mental health space is no different. But industry experts warn that not all mental health apps are created equally. While there are exemplars of tools that have been clinically validated, there is also a slew of technologies that have not been tested at all.  “There are lot of opportunities for patients to receive bad care through apps right now...
By Dave Muoio April 2, 2019
Blueprint, a startup building software for mental health data collection and clinician review, has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Lightbank and Hyde Park Angels. What they do Blueprint’s app-based platform distributes standardized clinical assessments to patients and automatically logging behavioral factors such as sleep or exercise with the smartphone’s sensors. Data from both of...
By Laura Lovett March 25, 2019
There are scores of mental health related digital tools available on any of the major app stores. However, a recent study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that a majority of the apps studied do not provide evidence or peer-reviewed studies to back up their products.  “Scientific language was the most frequently invoked form of support for use of mental health apps; however, high-quality...
By Laura Lovett March 12, 2019
Yesterday morning British mental health startup Unmind announced a €3.4m (£3m) raise. Felix Capital led the round with participation from private investors Michael Whitfield and Chris Bruce.  What they do The London-based startup focuses on promoting mental health in the workplace. Specifically, the company works with employers to provide digital tools to their workforce. The company stresses...

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By Leontina Postelnicu February 5, 2019
Instagram head Adam Mosseri will meet UK health and social care secretary Matt Hancock this week amid increasing concerns over children and young people's exposure to content glorifying suicide and self-harm on social media platforms, according to the BBC. Hancock warned social media firms last month that "more action is urgently needed" after the family of a teenager that took her own life...
By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2019
Chronic condition management startup Livongo has acquired MyStrength, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company. The company did not disclose the acquisition price, but Livongo CEO Glen Tullman told MobiHealthNews the figure is in the tens of millions. “This entry into behavioral was to complete what we call the whole person platform, and to be able to go to someone and say ‘Whatever...
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 Laura Lovett November 16, 2018
Globally more and more health professionals are stressing the importance of mental health services, but getting patients those services can be tricky. The shortage of trained professionals and the stigma of mental illness in many countries around the world have often created a barrier to treatment. But recently technology has come into play to tackle some of these challenges.    “There is a...
By Laura Lovett November 8, 2018
Looking to the mental health arena, Cigna has teamed up with Happify Health and Prevail in order to give clients new digital platforms that aim to tackle stress, anxiety and depression. In January 2019, the payer plans to roll Happify and iPrevail into its Cigna Total Behavioral Health program.  Happify helps users maintain well-being and targets preventing diagnosable mental health conditions,...