Mental health AI platform, Woebot lands $8M in funding

Mobi Health News

Woebot Labs, a mental health artificial intelligence platform, just landed $8 million in Series A funding with New Enterprise Associates leading and Andrew Ng’s AI Fund participating.

TAO Connect launches monthly subscription for digital mental health tools

Mobi Health News

Petersburg, Florida-based TAO Connect is making its digital self-help and therapy tool direct to consumers for the first time, after previously offering it via schools, community health centers, and employee assistance plans

Litesprite's mobile videogame improves self-reported mental health in small trial

Mobi Health News

A small, 6-week retrospective study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth found that a behavior health-focused videogame developed by digital health company Litesprite improved self-reported measures of depression, anxiety, and confidence in coping skills

No-Cost Talk Therapy & Telehealth Technology Are Put to Use in England, to Provide Greater Access to Mental Health Services


No-cost phone talk therapy is funded by the National Health Service and is a hotline available for unlimited phone therapy sessions. Negative stigma in the UK has kept many people from receiving the proper mental healthcare.

3 Ways to Improve the Patient Experience in Mental Health


False beliefs or stigmas about mental illness can sometimes make people reluctant to seek help or treatment. Adding to the challenge, there is a reported shortage of mental health professionals across the U.S. that has become more dire with the growing opioid addiction epidemic , especially in rural areas

Trump administration leaves insurers, patients in the dark on mental health parity


Democratic and Republican lawmakers are calling out the White House for not issuing mandatory guidance regarding mental health and substance abuse parity in insurance plans. These concerns come as Capital Hill is scrambling to find, and pass, legislation to help control the opioid crisis

The U.S. is a Nation in Pain – America’s Life Expectancy Fell Again in 2016

Health Populi

wars since 1950, according to Pain in the Nation Update from the Well Being Trust and Trust for America’s Health. The Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on public health and healthy communities.

Amvets, VA partner to improve veterans’ access to mental health services


Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new program aimed at improving veterans' access to mental health services. Amvets and the U.S. The new program will be called HEAL, based on its component parts: healthcare evaluation, advocacy and legislation

The Health of A Nation – Being Healthy In America Depends on Where You Live

Health Populi

For health and longevity, sorry to see the lowest five ranked states are Washington DC which ranks last, along with Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama. Depression and mental/behavioral health conditions also feature prominently in years lived with disability.

Could Telehealth Services Help Stop the Opioid Crisis?


On October 26, 2017, The White Housedeclared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and the administration acknowledged a need to expand treatment throughout rural areas specifically by making telemedicine more accessible. Healthcare Mental Health Telehealth Telemedicine Opioid Crisis

Guns, Jobs, or Health Care? In 2018, Voters Split as to Top Issue

Health Populi

cording to the May 2018 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll. And, as a growing public health issue, “guns” could also be adjacent to health. “If it isn’t a health problem, then why are all these people dying from it?”

How outpatient and inpatient mental health providers can work better together


There are some simple changes that behavioral health providers can make to improve coordination—and in some states, those efforts are already paying off

Building Trust and Truth in Patient Social Networks

Health Populi

” Trust and truth underpin health engagement, we learned in the first Edelman Health Engagement Barometer launched ten years ago. Social networks are useful in health care delivery, virtually all healthcare stakeholders agreed.

Sounds Like A John Denver Song: Virginia and Colorado Towns Rank High As Healthy Communities

Health Populi

News & World Report, with help from the University of Missouri Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) and a team from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. In addition, lower stress in the workplace also improves health status.

What the Latest Pew Consumer Data Means for #HIMSS18

Health Populi

Health Populi’s Hot Points : Health is social: isolation is a social determinant for ill health. The obvious pearl is that not all social networks fit all people: when you’re a marketing a health care service or product, know your end-user’s media preferences.

Doctors tell Trump, Congress to stop blaming mental health for gun violence


The medical associations issued a joint statement urging government action, including labeling gun violence a national public health epidemic Six prominent physician groups have called on President Donald Trump and Congress to take comprehensive action to help end gun violence following last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Bridging the Shortage Gap in Mental Health: Help More People in Need While Growing Your Business


Consumers Are Looking For Greater Telehealth Access


Telehealth Telemedicine Healthcare Mental HealthConsumers continue to wish for more virtual care options, creating better overall access to healthcare. According to a 2018 survey conducted by Ernst and Young, more than 50% of 2500 consumers are already using the telemedicine technology available to them through their healthcare providers. However most of these patients do not have access to all the telehealth options they are hoping for.

Telehealth Usage and Coverage Continues to Increase Throughout the US


The US Department of Health and Human Services estimates that currently 60% of all healthcare institutions and about 45% of all hospitals are using telehealth in one way or another. 49 states cover telemental health services, and 36 cover various other telehealth services.

Senator pushes Azar for details on gun research; Experts question Trump's proposal for more mental health facilities


Meanwhile, experts say, President Donald Trump's proposal to open more mental hospitals would not likely prevent mass shootings HHS Secretary Alex Azar said last week he'd be open to allowing the CDC to study gun violence, and one Democratic senator is pushing for a timeline.

Caring for veterans: A privilege and a duty

Henry Kotula

There is no question that the VA health care system has to change, and it already has begun this process. The VA faced a physician shortage, as almost 16 million Americans returned from war, many needing health care. The VA offers veterans more than health care. [link].

Medibio releases new app on Apple Watch, links biometric markers to overall health

Mobi Health News

Last week Medibio, a company focused on how biometric markers impact mental health, launched a new app that integrates with the Apple Watch.

Avizia partners with Regroup, and other digital health deals

Mobi Health News

Avizia has announced a partnership with Regroup that will allow the telehealth company to offer comprehensive mental health services through its platform. The new telepsychiatry service will be staffed by Regroup’s provider network, and available to the health systems Avizia serves

Telehealth Platforms Are Moving Telepsychiatry Forward


For over 20 years there has been talk of implementing telepsychiatry into the mental health sector, however the pace of implementation has recently picked up. Clocktree is a great platform for mental health providers and is 100% HIPAA compliant.

Tackling the Opioid Crisis in Arizona: UA Center for Rural Health Has Key Role

The Arizona Telemedicine Program Blog

The University of Arizona Center for Rural Health is partnering with the Arizona Department of Health Services and other state agencies to train first responders to recognize opioid overdoses and to administer the drug naloxone to prevent fatalities.

New mothers to be offered NHS counselling by Skype to tackle post-natal depression

mHealth Insight

Laura Donnelly, Health Editor at the Telegraph reports on how new mothers will be offered counselling by Skype under NHS plans to tackle post-natal depression.

Consumers Shop Food for Health, But Cost Is a Barrier to Healthy Eating

Health Populi

It’s mainstream now that Americans are shopping food for health, with eyes focused on heart health, weight, energy, diabetes, and brain health, according to the 2018 Food & Health Survey from IFIC, the International Food Industry Council Foundation. health issue.

A Tale of Two States: Idaho, Limiting Health Plan Benefits; and Oregon, Moving Toward Universal Health Care

Health Populi

While the centers of these two states only lie 290 miles from each other, they are worlds apart when it comes to their views on their residents as health citizens. Is health care a right? So close, and yet so far, health policy-wise. .

Hackensack Meridian aims to partner with Carrier to expand behavioral health services in New Jersey


Hackensack Meridian Health has signed a letter of intent to merge or affiliate with Carrier Clinic. The organizations intend to create a system that would feature 24-hour access to care ranging from urgent care to outpatient, inpatient and residential care for adolescents and adults with mental health and addiction needs

FemTech is Hot, and Fitbit Knows It

Health Populi

But not when it comes to digital health…at least until 2018, as Fitbit has announced a woman-focused smartwatch called the Versa which is expected to hit the market in April 2018. So here Fitbit also has an argument for financial wellness, along with health and fitness.

The New Financial Toxicity in Health Care: The Cost of Hospitalization

Health Populi

“These costs may have considerable adverse consequences,” calling out the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment which saw that these adverse impacts can be helped by health insurance coverage. health citizens of the economic hardship of high-cost health problems.

Telehealth: Effects on Behavioral Health Services


National Business Group on Health said 56% of employers in 2018 plan to offer telehealth for behavioral health services as a covered benefit.”. Telehealth and behavioral health have an extensive amount of opportunities for expansion in the upcoming years. There is a national shortage of psychiatrists, board certified substance abuse physicians, and mental health professionals. 2017 Telemedicine & Digital Health Survey Results.

Americans’ Trust in the Healthcare System Low Compared to Rest-of-World’s Health Citizens

Health Populi

I covered the launch of the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer across all industries here in Health Populi in January 2018 , when this year’s annual report was presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos as it is each year. health ecosystem stakeholders. In the U.S.,

Telemental Health Gets Its Moment

American Well Blog

The impact of behavioral health is finally getting its moment in the sun. As the shades of stigma are slowly lifted, people are beginning to speak about mental health and substance use disorders. The post Telemental Health Gets Its Moment appeared first on American Well.

This is #NPHW National Public Health Week

Medicine and Technology

National Public Health Week (NPHW). Each day is marked with a specific public health theme: Monday, April 2: Behavioral Health Advocate for and promote well-being Focus on and advocate for improved access to mental and behavioral health services. Use education and training to de-stigmatize mental health diagnoses and encourage people experiencing mental illness to seek treatment. April 2-8 marks ?National

Heart-Love – Omron’s Holy Grail of Blood Pressure Tracking on the Wrist

Health Populi

It’s February 1st, which marks the first of 28 days of American Heart Month – a time to get real, embrace, learn about, and engage with heart health. That hasn’t yet been available to those of us who quantify our steps, weight, sleep, food intake, and other health metrics.

How Apps Are Making Healthcare Accessible For Low-Income Individuals

Duane Boise

Health care’s quality has leapt so far, so quickly; advances in medical technology unthinkable only decades past have rendered the diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses an exercise in simplicity.

Dental Trailer filling the Gap between Dentists and Australian Remote Communities

KB Dental Consulting

According to many searches, the dental health care status among Australian people who live in rural areas is poorer than the people located in bigger the cities. People who live in remote regions often avoid certain foods because of their poor dental health. Introduction.

Do Medicare providers located at a Distant Site have to be hospital-based to provide services?

Telehealth Blog

This answer is based on the research below: Medicare recognizes distant site practitioners who may receive payment for covered telehealth services as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse-midwives, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers (some stipulations exist for social workers billing for mental health). Do you need technical assistance?

Health SXSW 2018 | The 33 charts Super Guide

33 Charts

I’ve done the heavy lifting by curating a super list of the best health care talks and events at SXSW interactive. Think of it as the ultimate guide for the health care power user. If you’ve not done Health SXSW you’re in for a treat. And health care needs more of that.