November 16, 2018
Globally more and more health professionals are stressing the importance of mental health services, but getting patients those services can be tricky. The shortage of trained professionals and the stigma of mental illness in many countries around the world have often created a barrier to treatment. But recently technology has come into play to tackle some of these challenges.
“There is a...
April 30, 2018
Two UnitedHealth Group senior executives have accepted leadership roles at Talkspace, the online therapy company announced in a recent statement. Dr. Neal Leibowitz, formerly a senior behavioral health medical director at UnitedHealth Group, will become Talkspace’s first chief medical officer, while Deb Adler, a senior vice president at UnitedHealth Group’s Optum, will serve as senior VP of...
November 10, 2017
DocASAP’s online patient appointment scheduling is now among the services available to providers who use Greenway Health’s integrated EHR and patient management products. Through the Greenway Marketplace, DocASAP said that its product, which also includes optimized patient-provider matching, will now be easily available to as many as 19,000 new providers.
“Being a Greenway partner allows us to...
September 6, 2017
Update: A previous version of this post included out-of-date information from an older draft of Talkspace's press release.
Online therapy company Talkspace is now flush with $31 million in new financing. Qumra Capital, an Israel-based growth stage fund, led the Series C round and was joined by existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Spark Capital, SoftBank, Compound Ventures, and FirstTime...
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...
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,...
November 1, 2016
Dr. Ricky Bloomfield, a doctor on the forefront of implementing both Apple HealthKit and Apple ResearchKit in his position as Director of Mobile Strategy at Duke University, will leave Duke to take a position on Apple's health team. A colleague of Bloomfield's broke the news on Twitter yesterday and Apple confirmed the news. The company declined to go into detail about what Bloomfield's role at...
June 16, 2016
Digital entrepreneur and former Health 2.0 staffer Jean Luc Neptune announced on Twitter that he'd be leaving his position as Accelerator Director at Blueprint Health at the end of the month. He said, however, he'd remain a partner in Blueprint Health LLC and its investment fund.
This one is, admittedly, a stretch for a list of "recent" digital health departures, but important: At the end of...
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...
December 10, 2015
Mobile therapy startup Talkspace is partnering with two universities to validate its text- and video-based mental health services. Talkspace has launched a 500-person study of anxiety, stress, and depression at Columbia University and is in talks to launch a study with Duke of post-traumatic stress disorder.
"We’re looking at the efficiency and the efficacy of our modality, which is primarily...