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CVS Health: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) apps may help you more than sleeping pills


Sleep Ther­a­py for the Mass­es May Be Com­ing to You Soon (The New York Times):

CVS Health wants to help mil­lions of Amer­i­can work­ers improve their sleep. So for the first time, the big phar­ma­cy ben­e­fits man­ag­er is offer­ing a pure­ly dig­i­tal ther­a­py as a pos­si­ble employ­ee ben­e­fit.

The com­pa­ny is encour­ag­ing employ­ers to cov­er the costs for their work­ers to use Sleepio, an Sleepio app fea­tur­ing a car­toon ther­a­pist that deliv­ers behav­ior mod­i­fi­ca­tion lessons.

CVS Health’s push could help main­stream the nascent busi­ness of dig­i­tal ther­a­peu­tics, which mar­kets apps to help treat con­di­tions like schiz­o­phre­nia and mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. The com­pa­ny recent­ly intro­duced, along with Sleepio, a way for employ­ers to cov­er down­loads as eas­i­ly as they do pre­scrip­tion drugs. The com­pa­ny said it had already eval­u­at­ed about a dozen apps…

Big Health, the start-up behind Sleepio, is one of more than a dozen com­pa­nies that are dig­i­tiz­ing well-estab­lished health treat­ments like cog­ni­tive behav­ioral ther­a­py, or devis­ing new ther­a­pies — like video-game-based treat­ments for chil­dren with atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der — that can be deliv­ered online. Since last year, a few phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, includ­ing Novar­tis, announced part­ner­ships with start-ups to devel­op dig­i­tal treat­ments for men­tal health and oth­er con­di­tions.”

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