Mental health apps

By Leontina Postelnicu 11:19 am September 2, 2019
There is a vast array of health apps that we can turn to nowadays, but how many of those are backed by evidence remains unclear. Only in March, a study published in Nature Digital Medicine found that only two out of 73 mental health apps provided evidence from a study associated with their use. And in June, a paper released in the same journal pointed to the lack of standardised measures for the...
By Heather Mack 02:16 am July 26, 2016
A study focused on the impact that caring for an individual with Alzheimer's has on the caregiver's own brain and behavioral health has now moved into Phase II. This next phase of the Health-eBrain Study, done in collaboration with BrightFocus Foundation, Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer’s Intitiative, AnthroTronix and Mindoula, will be announced at the Global Alliance for Women’s Brain Health...
By Brian Dolan 08:45 am November 19, 2015
San Francisco-based Joyable raised $8 million led by return backers Thrive Capital and Harrison Metal for its online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and coaching program for social anxiety. Joyable tells MobiHealthNews this round brings the company's total funding up to more than $10 million. It also includes money from a new investor, Collaborative Fund. The $8 million will help the company,...
By Brian Dolan 09:23 am August 26, 2014
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has added a mobile and online offering, called OneHealth, to bolster its mental health and behavioral health programs. OneHealth offers members 24/7 structured peer support, education and tools to aide in the recovery from substance abuse, according to the health insurance company. The program uses social media and real-time tracking to monitor emotional...
By Jonah Comstock 11:00 pm July 10, 2013
Mango Health, the Rock Health startup behind a gamified medication adherence app that launched in April after 16 weeks of beta testing, released aggregated data about adherence habits of its user base. "Our belief is that understanding how consumers interact with medications and supplements each day is an important part of the quantified self movement that is often overlooked, and an important...
By Neil Versel 03:00 am January 10, 2013
An apparently well-received, free psychiatric reference app for the iPhone has been removed from iTunes following the threat of legal action from the American Psychiatric Association, MobiHealthNews has learned. The creator of Shrinkster, a searchable reference for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision, the mental health bible commonly known as...
By Neil Versel 04:27 am September 11, 2012
SOURCE: Death data are from the National Vital Statistics System operated by the National Center for Health Statistics, CDC. Age-adjusted rates for 1950–2009 were obtained from WISQARS (www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars). A high-profile, public-private effort to prevent suicide is emphasizing the importance of mobile technology and social networks in identifying and helping people at risk of harming...
By Neil Versel 05:23 am June 27, 2012
Jacob Kean Researchers from Indiana University Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs will be looking at how to adapt the VA's extensive telemedicine network to assess and treat veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries. Mobile technologies likely will be a key part of the process. The VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service has presented a five-year, $920,000 career...
By Neil Versel 03:03 am June 21, 2012
How powerful is text messaging for reaching young people? "I think it might be able to save more lives than penicillin," according to Nancy Lublin CEO and "chief old person" at DoSomething.org, an organization that helps teens effect social change. Lublin made that bold statement in a Feb. 28 presentation to TED University, a pre-conference session at TED 2012 in Long Beach, Calif. A video from...
By Brian Dolan 11:30 am May 7, 2012
Clinical psychologist and senior researcher at Intel, Margaret Morris published a helpful paper this week that includes seven guidelines for motivating healthy behavior change with help from mobile devices and apps. Below is a quick redux of the seven tips, be sure to read the full report to better understand the suggestions: 1. Remind people of who they want to be. "To drive lifestyle change,...