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By Dave Muoio 03:02 pm July 22, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with the timing and size of the pilot. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Magellan Health announced today that it has launched a pilot of Boston Children's Hospital spin-out Neuromotion Labs' Mightier, a biofeedback video game platform designed to help children regulate their emotions. Since June 22, the managed care company has begun supplying members with...
By Dave Muoio 02:23 pm June 29, 2020
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that Brainlab is based in Berlin, rather than Munich.  Level Ex, a Chicago startup that makes medical-training video games for doctors, has been acquired by Munich-based medical-technology company Brainlab, the companies announced today. The companies did not disclose the terms of their deal, although Level Ex CEO Sam Glassenberg told...
By Dave Muoio 05:39 pm June 15, 2020
After years of waiting, Akili Interactive has finally received FDA De Novo marketing authorization for EndeavorRx, its video-game digital therapeutic for children aged 8 to 12 years with ADHD. This is the first game-based therapeutic that the FDA has greenlit for any condition, the regulatory agency noted in its announcement. It is also the first authorization for Akili, which has a handful of...
By Dave Muoio 01:25 pm June 3, 2020
Medical-training video game-maker Level Ex has added new levels to two of its mobile games that are designed to help providers practice for challenged COVID-19 patient scenarios. The new additions are available as a free update to the company's Airway Ex and Pulm Ex games, and were developed using support from a Johnson & Johnson Institute educational grant. To build them, the company said...
By Dave Muoio 06:00 am April 22, 2020
Less than a week after FDA opened the faucet for digital health products treating psychiatric conditions during the COVID-19 health crisis, Akili has fast-tracked and released its approval-pending digital therapeutic for children with ADHD. Now known as Endeavor and flanked by a symptom tracker and caretaker support line, the video game-like app will be provided at no cost for a limited time to...

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By Dean Koh 10:39 pm November 14, 2019
A personalized, interactive brain-training game will soon be helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) improve their attention span. The advantage of this technology is that that children with ADHD can participate in this program from home. A pilot run for the home-based program will be launched for 20 children, aged 6-12 years, who are currently receiving treatment...
By Laura Lovett 03:52 pm September 24, 2019
Boston Children’s Hospital spin-out Mightier has scored an additional $250,000 for its emotional regulation video game program. The new investment was made by Modern Time Group.  This additional funding comes on the heels on a $6.6 million Series A investment announced in May, which all together brings the company’s total money pot to roughly $10.35 million.  WHAT THEY DO  The company was created...
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm August 20, 2019
ATENTIV, maker of a video game-based intervention for ADHD, has partnered with Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID) to explore a novel care model blending both behavioral and primary care. Of particular note, ATENTIV and CDID, part of the RWJBarnabas Health system in New Jersey, will be investigating how to deploy the therapy, called...
Mike Monthervil, US Army veteran (front), and Jamie Kaplan, recreation therapist at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida, play a video game using an Xbox Adaptive Controller, set up with buttons and switches. Photo credit: Jeff Young Photography/Microsoft.
By Dave Muoio 11:34 am April 30, 2019
Thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, military personnel with mobility and manual dexterity limitations will have a new way to participate in video game-based rehabilitation therapies. According to a blog post published this morning, Microsoft will be donating its Xbox Adaptive Controller — a modular hub that connects third-party switches,...
By Dave Muoio 03:37 pm March 21, 2019
The FDA has lately taken a hard stance on tobacco companies targeting children and teens (thanks in some part to departing FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb), and it certainly seems as if the agency is exploring every avenue in its public awareness campaign — including free-to-play video games. Earlier this month the agency and its partner, marketing communications firm FCB New York, stealthily...