Digital healthcare company Kry has announced plans to roll out its Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT) program for mental health issues across Europe.
The ICBT service, already available in Sweden, can be used to book treatment for conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress on a smartphone via the Kry app.
It provides a personalized treatment journey that allows patients to manage symptoms when needed and have instant access to specialist support.
Kry says the mean Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) scores for depression patients enrolled in the new ICBT program fell from moderately severe to mild in 8 to 12 weeks, which is comparable to those seen with the Traditional face-to-face CBT in a study published in BMC Psychiatry.
In 2022, the program will aim to support additional services, including insomnia treatment, parent connection programs, and chronic disease management for hypertension, diabetes and high blood pressure.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
With nearly a billion people diagnosed with mental health disorders and the pandemic limiting access to primary care services, digital health care can help make mental health care more accessible.
THE BROADER CONTEXT
Earlier this year, Kry announced that it had raised 259 million euros ($ 300 million) to fuel its European expansion.
Meanwhile, the digital therapy course “HelloBetter Stress and Burnout” can now be prescribed to around 50 million adults in Germany after being approved by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices as a health app digital (DiGA).
Also in Scotland, adults can now access Big Health Daylight and Sleepio’s digital therapy apps for free via the NHS.
A recent study from Imperial College London found that digitized neurofeedback therapy through the Stress Point Health app was effective in treating stress, anxiety, and PTSD.
ON THE RECORD
Johannes Schildt, CEO of Kry, said: “We regard mental health as health and everyone in Europe should have the right to access assistance when they need it. We have provided over 200 million patient interactions and with years of experience in providing digital benchmark mental health services – now totaling over 300,000 appointments across Europe – we are seeing a threefold increase in mental health appointments.
“Our mobile first ICBT program, combined with physical care, offers a step-by-step approach for psychologists and patients. We can now enable more patients to have equal access to safe and adequate mental health treatment at scale. “
Jesper Enander, Chief Psychologist Kry, said: “As psychologists, we want to make sure that every patient has the best chance of improving their mental health issues and improving their quality of life.
“Science is already telling us that ICBT is as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). But what really is a game changer is that the ICBT, thanks to a device we have in our pockets, can literally energize our efforts to deliver a standardized but very flexible approach to mental health, with an emphasis on qualitative and personalized care for our patients. “