After Lantern discontinued its consumer-focused operations last July, startup Lantern partnered with larger mental health providers to license its IP. In addition to licensing its intellectual property to Omada Health, Lantern has licensed its technology to Spring Health, Ginger.io and two others.
Spring Health, which offers psychological benefits for large employers, offers personalized, clinically proven approaches to mental health care for employees. However, Spring Health has always wanted to integrate digital cognitive-behavioral therapy into its approach, Spring Health chief April Koh told TechCrunch.
Spring Health has already offered psychiatry, therapy and self-help tools, but wanted to refer people to digital CBT, Koh said.
"There really was only one player who proved as profound as us and that was lantern," she said. "So, when the opportunity presented itself, we were thrilled."
CBT is a clinically validated approach that examines the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Demonstrating the clinical validity of their digital CBT tools, Lantern offered programs to help people learn how to treat their anxiety, stress, and / or body images on a daily basis.
"We are in the market to say one size does not fit all," Koh said. "One size fits one person. There are so many different options and treatments for people. We should not try to find blanket solutions and expect these solutions to help everyone.
Omada, which develops tools for people suffering from chronic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity-related illnesses, has also been attracted to Lantern Demonstration of the startup for clinical validity and efficacy.
"We know that anxiety and depression are likely to be comorbidities for the people we care for and that they are an obstacle to the success of people dealing with chronic diseases," says Omada Health President Adrian James a statement on TechCrunch.
Thanks to Lantern's IP, Omada plans to launch a behavioral health program for its clients and integrate more CBT content into their chronic disease prevention and treatment programs. Lantern founder Alejandro Foung told TechCrunch that the money will go from selling intellectual property to LPs and investors. Lantern had previously raised more than $ 20 million.
Meanwhile, Foung has also set up a nonprofit organization, All Mental Health, to offer free tools to a group of people, sometimes referred to as the "sandwich generation", to look after both children and their aging parents.
"So they're basically embedded between those two things, and that's a very difficult place," Foung said.
Similar to Lantern, All Mental Health tools are CBT-oriented. Instead of focusing on selling employers to provide benefits as an employee, or for those who can afford to pay for therapy, Foung said to me, "The goal of non-profit is, in fact to be for everyone a content and techniques. And as a non-profit company, we can serve a better macro audience that is not getting anything right now. "
When Luong and I talked in July, he said he would focus on" filling gaps for underserved populations. "This is where All Mental Health comes into play. His first app, Caring for You, is designed to help caregivers maintain themselves. The next app that Foung has planned is for separations, followed by one focused on life after sport.