A) New video game company aims to develop therapeutic games (The Verge):
Video game-based tools can help with conditions like depression and ADHD, research shows. DeepWell Digital Therapeutics plans to build on those studies. “There was an amazing amount of science that had already been done,” Douglas says. “We started to recognize exactly how therapeutic these games already were.”
Often, a game used as a therapy would be designed as a therapy first, with fun or engaging gameplay elements layered on top, he says. But DeepWell wants developers to build games in the most engaging way possible — and then go in and check to see how they might help treat health conditions. “Developers have figured out how to bring an engagement level and get folks to do things with an intensity that on the medical side we’ve had a hard time with,” Douglas says. “The fun is really the most therapeutic thing.”
B) Woebot Health scores $9.5M and more digital health fundings (MobiHealth News):
Woebot Health, maker of an AI-powered mental health chatbot, announced Tuesday it has raised $9.5 million from Leaps by Bayer … Last year, Woebot received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for its digital therapeutic treating postpartum depression.
“Woebot Health’s mission and products are well aligned with our leaps number 5 and 10 – to protect the brain and the mind, and to transform health with data,” Dr. Jürgen Eckhardt, head of Leaps by Bayer, said in a statement.
“With its deep focus on clinical evidence and unique AI-based platform and products, Woebot Health is forging a new frontier in behavioral health at a critical time in our world. We’re excited to support endeavors that will make tech-supported continuous care a reality for all.”