During the year 2021, several digital health startups offered mental healthcare, raising up to $5.1 billion, while outstripping other clinical indications by $3.3 billion. A Rock Health report suggested that the amount has nearly doubled from 2020’s funding and has been demonstrating greater investment trends in the sector.
Adriana, a researcher, pointed out that the integration of mental health services into virtual care platforms has been a dominant factor in the growth of the sector.
In this regard, the question, “Can mental illnesses be treated through technology while reducing patients’ dependency on drugs?” was explored by Jennifer Gentile, a Senior Vice President of clinical innovation, during her conversation at the MedCity INVEST Digital Health conference on September 28, 2021.
“Digital health solutions will provide care to patients 24/7, whenever it is convenient for them. These solutions would be evidence-based and tailored to their needs,” responded Jennifer. She emphasized that offering the individuals choices over when and how they desire to participate in care, would increase the likelihood of better managing their addiction.
In the near future, these digital health solutions will be considering options such as individual therapy, peer support, and medication-assisted therapy that could be relatively more effective than simply providing one option. Moreover, these solutions to mental health are predicted to be more impactful as they are based on the approach of a whole person rather than just pointing at addiction-associated challenges.