mental health app

By Laura Lovett 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...
By Nazila Hafezi June 27, 2019
A new meta data study published last week in npj Digital Medicine found an overall lack of standardized measures for the quality and effectiveness of mental and behavioral health apps. In the study, researchers suggested the need for up-to-date app guidance for consumers and clinicians alike. “Our results suggest that there is a growing need for: standardized behavioral health app quality and...
By Laura Lovett April 25, 2019
This morning, Finland and Palo Alto-based Meru Health, maker of a mental health platform, landed $4.2 million in seed funding. The new money comes from Freestyle Capital, Bonit Capital, Y Combinator, Lifeline Ventures and IT-Farm.  Meru offers a digital tool that is supported by licensed therapists. The program lasts 12 weeks, and each week has a different theme that builds on the previous one....
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...
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 3, 2019
A staggering number of health apps are being released with each passing year, many of which could have a lasting impact on patients entering the health system with stress, anxiety or depression. That sheer volume of options comes at a cost, however, as many therapists and clinicians who are interested in recommending a digital tool or service to their patients simply don’t have the time to comb...
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 6, 2019
This morning New York-based startup AbleTo announced that it has acquired fellow virtual mental health startup Joyable for an undisclosed sum (though the company told CNBC the deal is in the tens of millions).  As part of the deal, AbleTo users will gain access Joyable’s mental health coaching app. According to a statement, the coach matches face-to-face therapy outcomes. In addition to the...