mental health

By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Smartphone apps designed for those with depression can significantly reduce users’ symptoms, according to the results of a recently published meta-analysis. While the findings are limited to those with mild-to-moderate depression, the apps’ consistent effect across age and gender suggest that the benefits are wide reaching. "The majority of people in developed countries own smartphones, including...
By Dave Muoio September 21, 2017
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based HealthRhythms has received a $2.1 million grant from the NIH to continue investigating smartphone-based behavioral health interventions. By passively collecting various areas of users’ daily patterns, such as physical activity, sleep, and frequency of social interactions, the company aims to combat users’ depression or anxiety with behavioral suggestions customized...
By Dave Muoio September 14, 2017
Despite early interest and clinical potential, a recently published literature review suggests that additional research into adherence and engagement is still needed to confirm whether diagnoses of mood disorders using smartphone voice recording strategies have a place in healthcare. In the study, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers...
By Jonah Comstock August 31, 2017
San Francisco-based Joyable announced this week that its CBT-based digital program for depression treatment, previously available only to its employer and health plan customers, will now be offered direct to consumer along with the company's social anxiety program. It's an interesting move, especially in light of the company's comments in January when it laid off 20 people and adjusted its focus...
By Jonah Comstock August 24, 2017
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a healthcare organization that is part of Sutter Health in California, has tapped Meru Health, which has offices in Finland and Palo Alto, to provide a digital program to combat burnout and depression among physicians. “Research shows depression and burnout are actually a lot the same,” Kristian Ranta, CEO and founder of Meru Health, told MobiHealthNews. “...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2017
Quartet Health, a behavioral health technology company backed by Google Ventures that has worked with major insurers like Humana and Premera Blue Cross, is embarking on a its first large-scale partnership with a provider organization: California’s Sutter Health. The arrangement is part of a larger push on Sutter’s part to better integrate its mental and physical healthcare. “This very archaic way...
By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2017
Mindstrong Health, the mental health startup that former NIMH director Dr. Thomas Insel left Verily for last month, has raised $14 million. Foresite Capital and ARCH Venture Partners led the round, with additional participation from Optum Ventures, Berggruen Holdings, and the One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund.  Although it has been reported that Insel left Verily to start Mindstrong, the startup...
By Heather Mack April 10, 2017
While there may be considerable variation in telemedicine policies and reimbursement models from state to state, standards in some specialized types of telemedicine should be consistent, according to new practice guidelines from the American Telemedicine Association. The ATA released guidelines based on clinical and empirical research that outline educational basics and operational references for...
By Heather Mack March 10, 2017
Los Angeles-based online mental health company iExhale has raised $1.86 million in seed funding in a round led by Dorilton Capital. The company, which makes an iOS app that allows people to instant message with licensed therapists or simply share anonymously how they are feeling or offer support to others on the iExhale social network, plans to use the funding to build upon its current offerings...
By Jonah Comstock March 7, 2017
Google-backed Quartet Health, which uses technology to promote collaborative care for mental health conditions, will work with Humana to improve the mental and physical health of New Orleans residents. The initiative is part of Humana's Bold Goal initiative to make its communities 20 percent healthier by 2020. Humana and Quartet chose New Orleans because it has a high incidence of chronic...