Lyra tackles alcohol use disorder and other mental health conditions

Lyra tackles alcohol use disorder and other mental health conditions

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Mental health expansions

Lyra, the mental health startup that’s piled up a $4.6 billion valuation, today announced a new slate of offerings tackling more serious conditions including alcohol use disorder and suicidality. The explosion in companies delivering telemental health has focused largely on people suffering from anxiety and depression, but as these startups mature, some may expand into more complex conditions. The pitch to employers who pay for these services remains the same: absenteeism and lost productivity can be avoided with proactive treatment, as can more expensive medical attention if a person isn’t receiving the right care from the start.


Elsewhere, Brightline, which offers virtual mental health treatment to kids, announced that its coaching program and digital content platform, Brightline Connect, is now available in all 50 states. Brightline’s clinical services are also now available in Florida, Illinois, and Texas — in addition to the existing offerings in California, Massachusetts, and Washington. The company in June announced it had raised $72 million led by GV.

Cloudy with a chance of decision support


If the recent skyrocketing popularity of telehealth has proven anything, it’s the power of the cloud for health care computing. And in recent months, tech giants including AmazonGoogle, and Microsoft have been rapidly capitalizing on the opportunity to pull an increasing amount of medical data into the cloud, Katie reports. For now, those clouds are primarily used to store, structure, and analyze records from patients, operations, and finances, but as Katie writes in a new story, they will also eventually be used to create data-driven tools like AI decision support systems.

Like a pizza tracker, but for 510(k)s

The Food and Drug Administration made a bold foray onto the Internet this week with the launch of a new online tracker that allows organizations to monitor the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s progress reviewing 510(k) pre-market submissions. The FDA said this is the first feature of what will eventually be a larger platform.

Testing surgeons in VR

Osso VR, which offers a suite of virtual reality training tools for surgeons, announced new assessments that will allow users to test their knowledge of workflows as well as their abilities. The company, which has partnered with over a dozen institutions, is one of many trying to use technology to improve surgery, though, there’s some controversy about how high-tech assessments should figure into credentialing. For now, Osso VR’s tech remains an education tool, though a spokesperson said it’s in conversations with leading professional organizations.

Money never sleeps

  • EightSleep, makers of a mattress cover and corresponding app that tracks its users’ vitals and changes its temperature in response, raised $86 million in a Series C round led by Valor Equity Partners with participation from SoftBankKhosla VenturesFounders Fund, and General Catalyst.
  • Nonprofit health care system CommonSpirit Health started using Google Workspace, which brings together the tech giant’s email, chat, calendar, document, and video services, across more than 1,000 care sites and 140 hospitals in 21 states.
  • Ellipsis Health, which develops vocal biomarkers for mental health, raised a $26 million Series A round led by SJF Ventures.

People on the move

  • Health navigation startup Transcarent hired Snezana Mahon as COO. Mahon previously worked as VP and GM of care solutions for Cigna subsidiary Evernorth.
  • Digital MSK platform maker Kaia Health hired former VidaHealth CCO Cynthia “CJ” Mark as CRO, former ZappRx head of growth Gemma Wenstrom as COO, and former Airtime VP Sanid Khilnani as VP of product management.
  • 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki joined the board of Zipline, a drone delivery startup.
  • Verily hired Jennifer Haslip as head of global communications. Haslip was previously VP of communications and interim VP of development of the Parker Institute.
  • Virtual-first primary care company Crossover Health added Kelsey Mellard, CEO of physician network Sitka, to its BOD.

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