US’s LunaJoy Health launches integrated care programme for maternal mental health

Georgia-based health tech company LunaJoy Health, provider of online women’s holistic mental health counseling and therapy, has announced the launch of integrated care programme LunaCare with the aim of improving outcomes in maternal mental health with the backing of $4.2 million in funding.

Investment for the programme has come from sources including Y Combinator, FoundersX Fund, Goodwater Capital, Magic Fund, VentureSouq, Nurture Ventures and NorthSouth Ventures. The support will see the programme rolled out across selected communities, with plans for new market expansion, and it is also intended to “facilitate the integration of advanced technology solutions to enhance care coordination and patient monitoring”.

LunaCare’s expansion has been called a “natural extension” to the US government’s Transforming Maternal Health Model, which seeks to help institutions in expanding infrastructure and improving the quality and safety of mental health care for vulnerable populations.

Sipra Laddha, CEO of LunaJoy Health, said that the support from investors along with the focus on maternal health improvements through the Transforming Maternal Health Model funding “sets the stage for the change we need to see so badly across the industry.

“Mental health is a lifetime pursuit, and we want to design a way to engage and support women with a variety of needs and varying degrees of risk. By using technology, we can measure and treat symptoms more effectively, delivering a better service model to meet rising demand and a shortage of therapists in the US.”

Surbhi Sarna, partner at Y Combinator, commented: “LunaJoy Health’s mission to bring a new standard to maternal health care for Medicaid mothers aligns perfectly with our goal of supporting scalable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. We’re proud to back such a vital initiative that promises significant impact.”

In other news from the US, we highlighted how Boston Children’s Hospital has launched a pilot of an AI solution for imaging analysis in paediatric radiology, aiming to “improve image quality and the speed and accuracy of image interpretation”.

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