by Swatee Surve
The problem we solve: Behavioral health is a global chronic health issue that impacts many health conditions. According to the WHO, stress, anxiety and depression are major problems in + 60 countries. In the U.S. 18% of adults have a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder. 40MM Americans suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. The clinical environment lacks the necessary resources to provide effective treatment. Per Milliman +$525B is spent on costs directly associated with behavioral health. For payers, we help manage risk by scaling access to a mental health tool that improves clinical outcomes at lower costs by longitudinally engaging patients in self-care. For health systems, we also can identify high-risk individuals and provide care documentation capabilities which easily integrate into current their workflow and help them meet requirements of outcomes-based contracts. For pharma we are an adjunct digital therapeutic used to improve adherence and compliance.
About our solution: Recognized as international healthcare leaders by organizations such as the U.S. State Department, Litesprite is a game platform that helps patients manage and mitigate the effects of behavioral health, cancer, and diabetes. Clinicians rely on our data to help their patients achieve better results. Our clinically validated mental health videogame Sinaprite has validated reimbursement in 4 care-settings and an economic impact of 17 QALY/1000 patients. Sinasprite uses evidence-based treatment methods, including CBT-based and mindfulness strategies, to help people manage stress, anxiety, and depression. We are the only videogame used by payers and clinicians today. Bayer Pharmaceuticals is our most recent investor and partner. We have won +20 global health innovation awards including the first videogame to receive a U.S. Surgeon General Award and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Innovators of the Year.Progress to date:
Key traction includes:
1. Independent clinical validation with our JMIR paper of our mental health video game Sinasprite. Read about it in MedCityNews and Geekwire.
2. The University of Washington Primary Care Innovation Lab Economic Impact Study projects Sinasprite’s clinical results has an economic impact of $1MM or 17 QALY/1000 patients.
4. With minimal sales optimization:
5. Validated CPT code reimbursement for 4 care-delivery settings: primary care, outpatient, partial hospital, and inpatient.
6. Strong user trust & affinity- our +1600 patients use Sinasprite, episodically and as a coping tool during key crisis moments throughout the years. We routinely find that we are a trusted support tool and have the greatest utility by those patients with the most complex cases – whether it’s mental, general, or cardiac health.
“I recently began using the program more regularly after a long break [1 year] and found it surprisingly helpful, even more so now than [before].” – M, 32.
7. +20 global health innovation awards including Puget Sound Business Journal’s Innovators of the Year.
Since COVID-19, the Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized that we "stepped forward to reimagine how we support each other through a crisis." We are included in CredibleMind, NYCWell, an initiative led by the First Lady of NYC, and several state COVID-19 resource lists.
Since March 10, 2020, our usage is skyrocketing. +439 individuals have organically downloaded Sinasprite and 2 clinics started using our clinical monitoring solutions) and weekly active users and sessions is up 3-4X. We help individuals and frontline providers with their anxiety, depression, and impacts of isolation
Creator: Swatee Surve
Education: University of Chicago, Pennsylvania State U
Bio: Swatee Surve, Founder & CEO. An Indian-American female who created and launched disruptive technology-based healthcare businesses for Microsoft, Nike, T-Mobile, Premera Blue Cross and Eastman Kodak. These commercialization projects led to several patents including Nike's first wearable technology patents. She is one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s Innovators of the Year. She is recognized as an international healthcare leader by organizations such as the U.S. State Department. Her essay on “Embracing the science of behavior change” will be included in HIMSS’s Medical Informatics 4th ed. Surve has an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MSME in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University, and a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been featured in international, national, and regional media outlets. https://www.linkedin.com/in/swatee
Title: Founder & CEO
Advanced Degree(s): MS Mechanical Engineering, MBA
CTO, MS Information Management, BS Information Technology
Biography: Robert is an entrepreneur and systems architect with expertise designing and managing big data systems and decision support systems. Known for his ability to cultivate innovation technical solutions and lead creative teams, Robert has designed and delivered software and data systems for business, nonprofits, and government agencies. In 2003 Robert's first startup created Companion Companion, a web-based donor management software that was the first platform to integrate electronic campaign disclosure filing in New York State. Under his direction the team created several other successful products, including Adopt-a-Voter, which continues to help political campaigns improve voter turnout by over 15% within desired populations. Robert has also guided large organizations through IT modernization efforts, consolidating hundreds of dataflows through a single processing system, designing and deploying hybrid-cloud solutions, and finding new ways to extract value from corporate data holdings. Robert has an MS in Information Management, a graduate certificate in cyber security, and a BS in Information Technology, all from Syracuse University.
Advanced Degree(s): MS Information Management, BS Information Technology
Creative Director, n/a
Biography: Sean is a creative professional who has worked at Disney, Xbox, and American Greetings creating games and engaging consumer experiences that touched millions of people daily. This also includes designing engaging interactive interfaces for some of the first web experiences.
Title: Creative Director
Advanced Degree(s): n/a
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean- watson-5213822/
Lead Clinician, Ph.D.
Biography: David is a psychologist with over 10 years of experience in public and private sector with work focusing on behavioral science, technology and education. A behavioral scientist and gamer who also leads the clinical evaluation & development the largest portfolio of mobile apps for the Dept. of Defense. He leads cross- functional teams of software developers, graphic designers, UX researchers, and business analysts to create and sustain mobile product line based on translational and user research for PSTD, anxiety, and suicide.
Title: Lead Clinician
Advanced Degree(s): Ph.D.
COVID Problem We Address
Globally the need for mental health support has dramatically increased. Yet the existing care delivery gaps still exist. The need for affordable and accessible clinically-validated self-help tools has never been greater. This need is confirmed by employers who have reached out to us for better solutions than telehealth and EAP services. They are receiving increasing employee reports of anxiety, depression, & stress due to self-isolation and additional personal responsibilities. Furthermore, with physical distancing, clinicians now need tools that allow them to remotely monitor and deliver care at scale.
Our COVID Solution
Litesprite's free product offerings are poised to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak:
"I use it daily lately because I cannot calm myself down.” – F, 48, Bipolar & Depression.
Since COVID-19, the Puget Sound Business Journal recognized that we “stepped forward to reimagine how we support each other through a crisis.” We are included in CredibleMind, NYCWell, an initiative led by the First Lady of NYC, and several state COVID-19 resource lists.
Since 3/10, our usage is skyrocketing. +265 individuals have organically downloaded Sinasprite and 2 clinics started using our clinical monitoring solutions and weekly active users and sessions is up 3-4X. We help individuals and frontline providers with their anxiety, depression, and impacts of isolation.
“I am NYCDOHMH Office of School Health. I downloaded Sinasprite to my phone and I have been hanging out with Socks the Fox. I love the Mandalas. Thank you.” - Lisette Kra, R.N., Public Health Nurse, NYCDOHMH, Office of School Health.
We are changing people’s lives by giving them easy access to important mental health tools during this global pandemic and beyond.
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