AI Therapy Documentation Startup Eleos Health Lands $40M Series B

Eleos Health has raised $40 million in its Series B round, giving the AI-focused startup a total of $68 million raised since its founding in 2020. The company uses AI to quantify therapy sessions, converting live audio into documentation and care quality tracking data. Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm Menlo Ventures led the funding […]

Behavioral Health Payers and Providers Push Measurement-Based Care, But Clinicians Aren’t Buying In

There’s a big problem with measurement-based care in behavioral health that few are talking about: the fact that many clinicians are highly skeptical of payers. While most therapists use clinical assessments to care for patients, many are concerned about privacy and how health plans will use the data that’s shared with them. These attitudes come […]

77% of Employers Plan to Focus on Increasing Mental Health Access in 2024

The majority of large employers report seeing the impact of increased mental health issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to the Business Group on Health’s 2024 Large Employer Healthcare Strategy Survey, which included responses from 152 employers representing 19 million covered lives. Seventy-seven percent of employers said that they are seeing […]

‘There’s A Lot of Growth in That Industry’: Addiction Treatment Viewed as Behavioral Health’s Top Expansion Area

More than 40% of polled behavioral health industry insiders believe the addiction and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment space has the most significant growth opportunity moving forward. That’s according to a new survey from Kipu and Behavioral Health Business, which included answers from 164 clinical and administrative staff members, C-suite level executives and others about […]

Lawmakers Propose New Bill That Would Help Fund EHRs for Behavioral Health Providers

Lawmakers have introduced a new bill that, if passed, would extend funding for electronic health records (EHRs) and other technologies to behavioral health providers. Behavioral health providers have been slower to adopt EHRs and other technologies than physical health providers. A big reason for that is behavioral health providers were left out of the 2009 […]

‘It’s All About Relationships’: Why AI Won’t — and Can’t — Replace Humans in Behavioral Health

The power of human relationships and liability concerns make replacing staff with artificial intelligence unlikely and ill-advised for the future. Industry insiders say the broader implementation of artificial intelligence in the behavioral health sector will likely magnify the work of staff and make the work experience better. “I’m a physician by training: I’m not really […]

Creating Pathways to Address Behavioral Health Needs

As a licensed clinician deeply embedded in crisis work for decades, I have had an up-close view of how our healthcare system has evolved to address growing behavioral health needs. This firsthand experience tells me our society urgently needs comprehensive and connected crisis systems. Our community does not currently have the same infrastructure to address […]

Universal Health Services Taps Oracle to Expand EHR System Across Behavioral Health Network

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has tapped Oracle to expand its electronic health record (EHR) system across its behavioral health network. While the provider has used Oracle’s EHR in its acute care hospitals for a decade, expanding the technology into its behavioral health facilities will give it a unified system across the entire organization. UHS […]

Acadia Chief Strategy Officer Andrew Lynch: It’s Time to Incentivize Behavioral Health EMR Adoption

As the rest of health care rapidly adopts new technological advances and data-use methods, many behavioral health providers are still using paper health records. Case in point: Less than half of behavioral health providers use electronic medical records. That’s a problem, some warn, because the lack of EMRs could hinder the industry from adopting cutting-edge […]