mental health

By Jonah Comstock 05:29 pm 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 12:08 am 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 06:28 pm 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 04:54 pm 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 06:02 pm 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 05:07 pm 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 03:23 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 12:31 pm 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 03:00 pm 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 08:00 am 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...