Healthcare staff are working through immense loss, grief and uncertainty to provide care during the Covid-19 pandemic. As organizations think about how to support their staff, speakers at a MedCity INVEST panel said they must first talk about it openly and provide a safe space… Read More »To help tackle healthcare worker burnout, start talking about it
The active compound in magic mushrooms – psilocybin – seems to be at least as effective as a commercially-available antidepressant in a phase 2 trial, and may work more quickly. Researchers at Imperial College London’s Centre for Psychedelic Research also say that psilocybin may have… Read More »Magic mushroom compound matches antidepressant in clinical trial
It may seem intuitive to avoid telehealth or remote care to avoid increased liability and malpractice exposure. But remote behavioral health assessment tools, real-time data-driven insights, and adaptive treatment plans are actually the things that protect clinicians from civil liability in instances of patient suicide.
Bent Philipson, Founder of Philosophy Care When it comes to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in particular and long-term care in general, a human-centered and empathetic approach is not only necessary, it’s obligatory. Putting the needs, constraints, and perspectives of patients first enhances the level of… Read More »How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Senior Care More Human
Otsuka Pharmaceutical is partnering with Click Therapeutics to launch a remote clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of digital therapeutics in reducing depressive symptoms.
Pharmaceutical wholesaler Lexon (UK) has lost its appeal against a £1.2 million fine in a case that accused it of exchanging commercially sensitive information about prices for nortriptyline tablets. Lexon had appealed against a ruling by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that it… Read More »Tribunal maintains Lexon’s £1.2m fine for breaking competition law
Otsuka and Click Therapeutics are working with Verily, the healthcare subsidiary of Google owners Alphabet, on a fully remote clinical trial testing a digital therapy as an add-on in adults with severe depression. Otsuka is on a mission to develop digital technology to treat mental… Read More »Otsuka, Click trial digital depression therapy with Google
What You Should Know: – 98point6 announces the launch of its new virtual behavioral health service – 98point6 Primary Care Plus Behavioral Health. – With primary care at the center, 98point6’s new single-stop virtual care solution helps ensure that every patient is fully supported in… Read More »98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering
Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation We’re now in a new year and new presidential administration. At least three companies are producing effective COVID-19 vaccines, which are being administered to healthcare workers, teachers, and the elderly. By summer, hopefully a large majority… Read More »Evaluating COVID-19’s Behavioral Health Impact on the Economy
What You Should Know: – Patients in the Cedars-Sinai COVID-19 Recovery Program receive a comprehensive in-person evaluation with an expert in infectious diseases or pulmonary medicine who can refer them to a network of specialists. Cedars-Sinai, today announce the launch of the COVID-19 Recovery Program to meet… Read More »Cedars Sinai Launches COVID-19 Recovery Program
What You Should Know: – Washington, D.C.-based Hurdle raises $5M in seed funding to accelerate its digital mental health platform for people of color. – Hurdle aims to provide an innovative teletherapy solution for employers and insurers; aims to remove barriers to mental health care… Read More »Hurdle Secures $5M for Digital Mental Health Platform for People of Color
The Pennsylvania-based insurer is offering members using its small group products access to the NeuroFlow app, which provides self-guided activities to combat mental health issues.
What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally… Read More »NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform
John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Information Officer at Jvion A century ago, X-rays transformed medicine forever. For the first time, doctors could see inside the human body, without invasive surgeries. The technology was so revolutionary that in the last 100 years, radiology departments have… Read More »Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments
Characterized by debilitating episodes of depression and mood elevation (mania or hypomania), Bipolar depression is an under-recognized and unappreciated phase of bipolar disorder. Since most patients exhibit depression, Bipolar depression gets misdiagnosed with other mental disorders easily. Thus, it is associated with a heavier burden… Read More »Watch Out For Top Pipeline Therapies Making An Impact In The Bipolar Depression Market
Novartis is to buy neuroscience drugs firm Cadent Therapeutics in a deal worth up to $770 million. The big Swiss pharma already has a presence in neurology with its multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya (fingolimod) and the more recently approved Aimovig (erenumab). With the acquisition of… Read More »Novartis buys neurology biotech Cadent for up to $770m
In the last few years, biopharma companies focusing on psychedelic medicines have been springing up like mushrooms – magic or otherwise – and venture capital money is starting to follow. Today sees the launch of the first investment fund in the UK devoted to psychedelic… Read More »VC fund dedicated to psychedelic meds launches in UK
What You Should Know: – The digital diabetes market is on track to reach $1.5 billion dollars by 2024, according to a new report by Research2Guidance. – The confident growth of digital diabetes care will be driven by the growth of the global addressable market for digital… Read More »Digital Diabetes Market to Reach $1.5B by 2024, Research Finds
Increase in women being diagnosed with depression partly behind rise in use An increase in women being diagnosed with depression is partly behind a significant rise in prescriptions of the antidepressant sertraline – sold under the brand name Zoloft – which is in the list… Read More »Zoloft enters list of 10 most commonly prescribed drugs in Australia
With the prospects for its Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab still up in the air, Biogen has moved to shore up its late-stage pipeline with a $3 billion licensing deal with Sage that adds drugs for depression and neurological disorders. The licensing agreement gives Biogen rights to… Read More »Biogen bulks up pipeline with Sage drugs in $3bn deal
Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director, HealthEC Senior isolation is a health risk that affects at least a quarter of seniors over 65. It has become recognized over the past decade as a risk factor for poor aging outcomes including cognitive decline, depression,… Read More »How Care Coordination Technology Addresses Social Isolation in Seniors
The Covid mental health crisis curve stands to cataclysmically increase the number of deaths associated with the pandemic.
What You Should Know: – The Veterans Health Administration has selected Ontrak in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Brown University to transform suicide prevention care for veterans. – Leveraging AI developed by a Harvard Medical School professor and the core analytics of the Ontrak… Read More »VHA, Ontrak Launch 3-Year AI Study to Help Prevent Veteran Suicide
Alphabet’s “moonshot” subsidiary X shared that it failed to find a single biomarker for depression and anxiety. But the company still plans to make its research, which included developing portable EEGs, available to the public.
What You Should Know: – Ontrak acquires LifeDojo Inc, a San Francisco, CA-based comprehensive, science-backed behavior change platform. – The acquisition broadens Ontrak’s addressable market and footprint to lower acuity populations enabling new interventions and remote patient monitoring. Ontrak, Inc., a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled,… Read More »Ontrak Acquires Science-Backed, Behavior Change Platform LifeDojo
Michael A Greely, Co-Founder & General Partner at Flare Capital Partners This will be ugly and sad. Racism has cost this country $16 trillion over the last twenty years according to a recent Citigroup report. Much of this loss ($13 trillion) was attributed to discriminatory lending… Read More »COVID-19 Pandemic Further Exposes Systemic Racism…
What’s the latest on treating depression with the spice saffron? Years ago, I covered a head-to-head comparison of saffron versus Prozac for the treatment of depression in my video Saffron vs. Prozac, and saffron seemed to work just as well as the drug. In the… Read More »70% Taking Common Antidepressants Suffer Sexual Side Effects
Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving… Read More »Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously
What You Should Know: – Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) announce a collaboration to produce more accurate machine learning models for breast cancer screening and depression. – In work funded through the PHDA-AWS collaboration, a research team led by… Read More »AWS, PHDA Collaborate to Develop Breast Cancer Screening and Depression Machine Learning Models
When food production technology made it possible, wheat flour processors started to eliminate the tough exterior (bran) and nutrient-rich core (germ) of the kernel to get at the large, starchy part (the endosperm) only. The bread produced from this process is white and fluffy, and… Read More »Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?
What You Should Know: – Anthem extends the use of doc.ai’s platform and portfolio of privacy-first technologies and artificial intelligence software services to drive the personalization of Anthem’s digital assets and create improved value for users. – doc.ai’s product offerings are deployed on its cloud-agnostic… Read More »Anthem Expands Relationship with doc.ai to Power Digital Health Offerings
What You Should Know: – Mental health benefits provider Lyra Health raises $110M in Series D funding, bringing its valuation to $1.1 billion. – Lyra has grown significantly in 2020. So far this year, the company has added more than 800,000 new members to the… Read More »Lyra Health Reaches $1.1B Valuation After $110M Series D to Meet Demand for Teletherapy
What You Should Know: – Sonde Health acquires NeuroLex Laboratories, Inc. to forms one of the world’s preeminent biobanks focused on vocal biomarkers. – NeuroLex’s core product, SurveyLex, makes it easy to create and distribute voice surveys in less than a minute as URL links… Read More »Sonde Health Acquires NeuroLex Lab’s Voice-Based Survey Platform
What You Should Know: – Trellus Health secures $5M in seed funding and collaborates with Mount Sinai to deliver resilience-driven, connected care, integrating expert clinical and behavioral health for better outcomes. – The first disease Trellus will tackle is IBD, which is one of the… Read More »Led by Mount Sinai, Trellus Health Nabs $5M for Precision Platform for Complex Chronic Conditions
A new digital therapy is aiming to tackle depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a brain stimulation headset and therapy app that claims to have similar beneficial effects to drugs but with fewer side-effects. Flow is the first drug-free at-home treatment of its type to… Read More »Digital depression therapy offers hope during COVID-19 pandemic
What You Should Know: – Ginger announces $50 Million in Series D funding to expand access to its on-demand mental healthcare system led by Advance Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners; joined by Cigna Ventures and existing investors. – Company has more than tripled revenue… Read More »Ginger Lands $50M to Expand On-Demand Mental Health Support Platform
What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with CareSignal to address healthcare’s urgent need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: to create and maintain solid, clinically actionable relationships with patients in a new set of predominantly virtual care. – CareSignal offers evidence-based end-to-end support services… Read More »Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring
– Lemonaid Health, a direct to consumer telehealth company raises $33M in Series B funding to expand the company’s medical team and number of services being offered to patients. – To date, the company has treated more than a million patients online for a variety… Read More »Lemonaid Health Raises $33M to Expand On-Demand Consumer Telehealth Platform
What You Should Know: – A new Accenture report called “Breakthrough Behavioral Health Access: Think Virtual” finds that the use of virtual behavioral health could expand care for more than 53 million Americans facing these conditions. – Demand for behavioral health specialists significantly outweighs current… Read More »Virtual Behavioral Health Could Reduce Costs, Improve Patient Outcomes, Report Finds
Eating seaweed salad may boost the efficacy of vaccinations and help treat cold sores, herpes, Epstein-Barr virus, and shingles. Billions of pounds of seaweed are harvested each year, the consumption of which “has been linked to a lower incidence of chronic diseases,” both physical and… Read More »Eating Seaweed Salad May Boost Immune Function
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There are all manner of purported hiccup “cures,” which include everything from chewing on a lemon, inhaling pepper, or, our dog’s favorite, eating a spoonful of peanut butter. In my video How to Strengthen the Mind-Body Connection, I talk about the technique I’m excited to… Read More »The Benefits of Slow Breathing