Ginger.io Raises $20 Million Series B To Scale Mental Health App

image

San Francisco-based mobile health startup Ginger.io announces that it has closed a $20 million Series B funding round, with returning investors Khosla Ventures and True Ventures participating in the round. Though no mention of Kaiser Permanente Ventures was made in the press release, a recent SEC filing notes that KPV partner Dave Schulte has been added to the Ginger.io Board of Directors, suggesting that the company participated in this round, and quite possibly led it. The new investment brings Ginger.io’s total funding up to $29 million since its 2011 launch.

Ginger.io is a company with a genuinely interesting, well-executed concept. The company built a machine-learning mobile app designed to support population health in the behavioral health arena. The app runs on a smartphone and passively analyzes a user’s mental health by tracking their daily activity levels, frequency and duration of phone calls, number of outbound text messages, and other relevant smartphone-based data. By establishing a baseline of physical and social activity on each user, Ginger.io can then monitor the patient for telltale early signs of depression, which includes social withdrawal and decreased physical activity.

There are a number of potential applications in healthcare for a passive mental health surveillance system, and Ginger.io has been busy piloting its platform all over the country substantiating the value of its technology. Researchers at Forsyth Medical Center (NC) are using it to combat medication non-adherence among its diabetic population, a problem it says strongly correlates with episodes of depression. In Utah, Ginger.io is rolling out across the state’s five behavioral health hospitals, all of which are testing different use cases. Wasatch Mental Health Hospital (UT) is using the app to monitor the status of patients in its acute care unit, while Weber Human Services (UT) is rolling it out for case managers who are incorporating it into an existing outreach program. Partners Healthcare (MA) is using the app to reduce readmissions among patients with psychiatric conditions. Various other pilots are running at UCSF (CA), Duke University (NC), UC Davis (CA), and University of Nebraska Medical Center (NE).

The technology behind Ginger.io was developed at MIT’s Media lab. It was spun off as a startup in 2011 and went on to participate in both Rock Health and Techstars accelerator programs later that same year. In 2012, the company raised a $6.5 million Series A, its last funding round until now. With its new funding, Ginger.io plans to accelerate the expansion of its platform.


Enjoy HIStalk Connect? Sign up for update alerts, or follow us at @HIStalkConnect.

↑ Back to top

Founding Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors