July 20, 2020
Sustained engagement is a key metric when determining whether a digital health-based intervention is finding its mark, but the industry has been anything but uniform in determining objective measures of user behavior and their relationship to clinical outcomes.
A study published Friday in JAMA Network Open takes another approach and employs machine learning techniques to better describe...
July 10, 2020
About the author: Stephanie Nieman is a principal at SJF Ventures based in Durham, N.C. SJF Ventures is a venture capital fund investing in high-growth, positive-impact companies across the U.S. and an active healthcare investor.
The current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting need for schools and universities to close, and for families to socially distance and practice remote learning, have only...
June 22, 2020
Mental health and wellness app use has been on the rise during the past few months of COVID-19, but new quarantines and disease concerns may not be fueling the spike in new users or other metrics.
According to a recent data report from Apptopia, increases among the 15 most popular of these apps have been in lockstep with the gradual trend of rising engagement that the mobile app market-...
June 18, 2020
Big Health, maker of digital health apps targeting poor sleep, worry and anxiety, has announced a $39 million Series B raise.
Gilde Health and Morningside Ventures headlined the funding. Samsung NEXT also participated in the raise, as did prior backers Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Octopus Ventures.
WHAT THEY DO
Big Health's two major digital health products Sleepio and Daylight are digital...
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...
January 2, 2020
A study led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) found that most (93%) mobile apps for suicide prevention and depression management do not provide all the six suicide prevention strategies that are commonly recommended in international clinical guidelines.
International guidelines from the UK, US and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend six evidence-based...
December 5, 2019
When it comes to mental health apps, validation is a hot topic. But studying those apps can pose some hefty challenges. A recent meta analysis published online in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that studies of apps for depressive symptoms had around a 50% dropout rate when accounting for bias.
However, researchers discovered that the rate was lower when the apps included a human...
September 30, 2019
With the staggering shortage of mental health practitioners worldwide, more and more startups are looking for alternative ways to provide patient care. One of the most popular technologies is chatbots.
Now we are seeing one more entrance emerge into that market. On Thursday, Sweden- and UK-based medical device company Flow, best known for its brain stimulation headset, launched a new chatbot...
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...
July 2, 2019
Getting mental health services to youth facing homelessness can pose a host of access challenges. But a new study published in JMIR found that smartphone-based mental health programs could be a viable approach to reaching this vulnerable population.
In a small pilot, researchers found that more than half of the participants were engaging with the technology. While clinical improvements were...