More than ever, digital is being used to help improve health, a trend we expect to continue this year. Below are some interesting and innovative health apps we’ve been reading about that tackle the mental health and substance abuse space:

  • National Geographic and 360i collaborated on a voice-activated meditation app for veterans – an interesting example of how digital being used to improve health, a trend we will except to continue in 2018. This example is particularly interesting because it’s helping bring mental health to the forefront among a community that has historically found mental health a difficult topic to discuss.
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  • In 2017, The FDA just approved the first app for treating substance abuse. The app, developed by Pear Therapeutics, is designed to be prescribed by clinicians and used alongside counseling. The technology digitizes a form of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, which focuses on “examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Pear is part of an emerging group of digital therapeutic start-ups, focused on developing software to improve a person’s health
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  • An app that has been around but was named Apple’s favorite iPhone app of the year in 2017 is Calm, all about relaxing visuals and sounds to help you unwind and unplug
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