mental health

By Dave Muoio 10:34 am November 7, 2019
Telehealth giant American Well has struck a deal to acquire Aligned Telehealth, a vendor of telepsychiatry and behavioral health that services providers and payers. American Well says that this move will make it the largest enterprise telepsychiatry platform operating in the US. At this time, the companies are not sharing any terms of the deal such as its price, official effective date or whether...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 05:57 am October 16, 2019
The digital therapeutics field has attracted the interest of major players in the healthcare industry lately, from big pharma to the NHS. But there is debate among stakeholders around issues including reimbursement, regulation and business models that work. The space, however, continues to grow, and Cambridge-headquartered Ieso Digital Health unveiled earlier this year plans to build an...
By Dave Muoio 02:36 pm October 10, 2019
Facebook is looking serve as the facilitator of constructive, supportive mental health discussions between friends with today’s release of new features for the social media network and its private messaging service, Messenger. Timed for release on the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day, the company has unveiled a “Let’s Talk” photo filter for Stories that invites peers struggling...
By Dave Muoio 11:53 am October 10, 2019
Sentio, a behavioral health startup offering an emotion-sensing wearable and a connected support app, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Felicis Ventures, with additional support from Anthemis Exponential Ventures and SOSV, and brings the company’s total raise to $6.3 million. WHAT THEY DO Sentio’s Feel platform is headlined by the Feel Emotion Sensor, a wristband that...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:47 am October 7, 2019
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are launching today a platform that people experiencing signs of poor mental health will be able to use in order to build a personalised action plan and improve their wellbeing. Called Every Mind Matters, the resource, which has received the endorsement of the Royal College of General Practitioners, will offer support in tackling anxiety and stress and...
By Laura Lovett 03:13 pm September 17, 2019
Digital mental health company Meru Health is launching a new wearable aimed at helping its users understand the mind-body connection through biofeedback. Meru’s platform uses a multi-pronged approach to helping customers improve mental health including connections to licensed therapists, digital tools and peer support.  The new tool is meant to be clipped on a user’s ear when they are doing a...
By Dean Koh 10:34 pm June 20, 2019
Singapore-headquartered digital health and data analytics company Holmusk signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Janssen (China) Research & Development Centre (Janssen), to explore the development of a digital mental health strategy in China. Based on the MoU, Holmusk and Janssen propose to focus on generating insights from real-world data on depression and other mental health...

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By Dean Koh 11:58 pm June 17, 2019
Oxford VR, an Oxford University spinout company, has announced the launch of its leading-edge treatment for common mental health conditions through a unique partnership with AXA HK and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dubbed ‘Yes I Can’, the initiative will offer a ground-breaking treatment using virtual reality (VR) technology. It will be free to the public and to AXA’s corporate...
By Dave Muoio 03:25 pm June 17, 2019
Quartet Health, a startup focused on behavioral health and primary care, has brought in another $60 million in funding, bringing its total raise to $153 million. The Series D round was headlined by Centene Corporation, with support from returning backers F-Prime Capital Partners, GV, Oak HC/FT and Polaris Partners. WHAT THEY DO Quartet’s integrated platform links providers, payers and services...
By Victoria Betton 09:20 am May 13, 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13 until 19 May and the theme this year is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies, based on research undertaken by the foundation. The MHF research shows that just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers worry about their body image as a result of social media. Another piece of...