mental health

By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2016
Chat-based therapy start-up Talkspace was accused of a number of ethically questionable practices in an extensive investigative piece published yesterday by The Verge. Citing internal memos and emails and numerous interviews with anonymous therapists on the platform, the Verge reported several troubling findings including that Talkspace monitored conversations between therapists and patients,...
By Heather Mack November 8, 2016
Digital tools using machine learning to analyze a person’s spoken or written words could be instrumental in aiding mental health clinicians in assessments determining whether that person is suicidal, researchers have found. A new study published in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior found machine learning is 93 percent accurate in correctly identifying a suicidal person, and is 85...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2016
Telehealth company American Well has added psychiatry services to a subset of its behavioral health offering, with a larger rollout planned for the rest of the year. American Well has offered a behavioral health  module to some of its customers since 2004, but is debuting some new features as well as the addition of psychiatrists, meaning many patients will be able to have mental health drugs...
About the authors: @DanGebremedhin is a Principal at Flare Capital Partners, an early stage Health Technology and Services focused VC Firm. He is a practicing physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and previously served as an Associate Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, and spent five years as an entrepreneur in the Health IT Industry. Matt Schuster is a Deland Fellow...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2016
Boston-based Sonde Health, a recent spin-out of PureTech Health, has licensed a health-focused voice scanning technology from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories.  The technology, developed by Thomas Quatieri, detects a range of mental health conditions from biomarkers in a person’s voice. In pilot studies, it has shown promise in measuring symptoms of depression, mild traumatic brain injury, concussion,...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2016
Mental health-focused telemedicine company Talkspace has raised $15 million in a funding round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Existing investors Spark Capital, Soft Bank, Metamorphic Ventures, and TheTime, also contributed. “We’ve eliminated a lot of the barriers that prevent people from getting help in the first place by delivering therapy via messaging -- and, the biggest has been reducing...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2016
The Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab will collaborate on a small clinical trial investigating the possibilities for virtual reality in treating conversion disorder. Participants will use special software developed by the VHIL, combined with the Oculus Rift, to inhabit a virtual avatar body. Conversion disorder, also known as functional...
By Aditi Pai May 11, 2016
Mental and behavioral health video visit company Regroup Therapy has raised $1.8 million in a round led by Hyde Park Angels with participation from OCA Ventures, Impact Engine, New Stack Ventures, Wasson Enterprise, and MD Angels. Regroup Therapy CEO David Cohn said he had been interested in the field of behavioral health since high school, in part, because the services had helped him personally...
By Jonah Comstock April 6, 2016
Innovation seems to be slower to come to the mental health field than other areas of medicine, and it’s not just limited to digital health innovation. At a panel at the HxR event in Boston yesterday, a number of experts questioned why that is and shared some aspects of mobile mental health apps they’re developing.  “Over a 10-year period of time, $9.1 billion went into oncology, while 0.9 billion...
By Aditi Pai February 29, 2016
Crisis Text Line, a 24-7 mental health texting hotline for teenagers, announced that the non-profit organization plans to share the data it has collected since launching with researchers who want to analyze it. The Crisis Text Line program offers young people free access to a texting service if they need emotional support and information from a trained specialist. Teens can text the line for a...