The potential of one company to create an online platform for delivering mental health care is baked right into its title: Breakthrough.
But does the product live up to its name? According to Social+Capital Partnership, a venture capital firm that recently awarded Breakthrough $5 million in Series A financing, it just might.
Experiments in tele-health or tele-medicine – using telecommunications to deliver health care – are not new. Tele-health evolved as a means to provide care to people for whom getting medical care in a brick-and-mortar clinic is impractical or impossible, because of where they live or their medical conditions. In the last decade, we have seen tele-health innovation primarily at the network level – essentially, cadres of clinics and other health care providers that agree to provide clinical consultations to one another electronically. More recently, tele-health technologies that enable individuals to receive tele-care outside the doctor’s office have begun to crop up.
That’s where Breakthrough comes in. Using Breakthrough, people can access therapy and other psychiatric services from home – according to its brief promotional video, “All you need to use Breakthrough is a broadband internet connection and a webcam.” Breakthrough also accepts certain types of insurance and now covers 2 million members of health plans, CEO Mark Goldensen told TechCrunch.
Breakthrough makes accessing mental health care sound so easy. And for people suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, easy is often hard to find.