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Little is known about what makes mental healthcare successful and why. We’re blending data science and deep clinical expertise, to learn what helps people access the right treatment and recover. We use this knowledge to create fully scalable, highly personalised, digital solutions that help prevent, treat and manage poor mental health.
Our pioneering discoveries in mental healthcare are improving how the world understands and treats mental health. From the beginning, we’ve placed patients at the heart of everything we do, and believe in a world where everyone has access to effective mental healthcare that is right for them at the time they need it.
ieso was established in 2000 by two psychologists who were passionate about unlocking the power of the internet to improve access to mental health care. After many years of exploration and testing, a research paper published in The Lancet in 2009, demonstrated the clinical effectiveness of online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
We raised our first outside funding in 2011 to build a virtual care platform. This provides confidential text-based CBT on a one-to-one basis via computer or smartphone and was then made available to patients in England through our continuing partnership with the NHS.
Since then, the world has changed considerably. Global awareness of mental health has risen, which is a welcome step, but it has exposed a fundamental problem – as more people come forward, healthcare systems around the world are unable to meet the increased demand for treatment – a problem further amplified by the coronavirus pandemic.
This led us to commit to transforming mental health care by unlocking the power of clinical data, and in 2020 deployed a novel AI-based platform, transforming the use of real-world treatment data to understand the active ingredients of psychological therapy, allowing it to be tailored to specific needs.
Despite our efforts, recovery rates are not as high as we believe they could or should be. Because there will never be enough trained therapists to meet growing demand, we need to radically scale up care, use automation and augmentation to make scarce clinical resources go further, and democratise access to quality mental health care.
Having raised our Series B funding in 2021, development of our digital therapeutic (DTx) products is now underway to address this need.
And so, the next chapter of our story has begun.
ieso was founded in 2000 with a vision to transform mental healthcare through the combined impact of clinical expertise, data science and technology. Here are some of the key milestones so far.
Psychology Online incorporated in England UK
Randomised control trial in The Lancet proves that people are just as likely to recover through online CBT
Seed funding investment powers scale up of our therapy service for the NHS
Rebranded to ieso
Cost effectiveness of online CBT demonstrated in health economics study with York Health Economics Consortium
Our dataset reaches 100 million words of therapeutic conversation
ieso announce $24 million Series A funding
Our In-house algorithm deployed, analysing therapist language and scoring their performance on core components of CBT
First US-based pilot programs
3 papers published, including a JAMA paper evidencing a relationship between psychotherapy content and clinical outcomes in a large dataset
First AI-based clinical decision support tool launched
Our dataset reaches 500 million words of therapeutic conversation
Research discovering sub-types of depression published in the Journal of Psychological Medicine
Randomised control trial into biomarkers launches, which involves giving Fitbits to patients in order to understand how behavioural biomarkers affect treatment outcomes
We develop and adopt our own patient assessment model, which improves risk profiling and streamlines assessment and triage
Total patients treated reaches 50,000
Number of patients in treatment at any one point in time reaches 3,500
ieso announces $53 million Series B funding
First trial of AI-based patient-facing conversational agent
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For this year's UK Mental Health Awareness Week and as part of US Mental Health Awareness Month, our latest blog looks at ways you can support someone with feelings of anxiety.
We spoke to Bethan Zalantai, ieso's US Care Operations Manager, for our latest spotlight interview.
This article reports on the experience of internet-enabled cognitive behavioural therapy (IECBT) for older people diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
For our latest spotlight interview, we speak to Deborah Cleary about her role as Head of Payer Development at ieso.
For World Health Day, take a look at how digital therapy can help provide Health For All.
For our latest spotlight interview, we speak to Malika Bouazzaoui about her role as Clinical Development Lead.
For our International Women’s Day spotlight interview, we speak to ieso’s Daniella Quinn about her role as a Clinical Scientist.
ieso features in The New Yorker’s article on the use of AI in digital mental health treatment.
Our Chief Operating Officers for the UK and US, Clare Hurley and Dr Jodi Prohofsky, sat down to talk about the similarities of the opportunities and challenges for the DTx industry in both countries.
For this spotlight interview, we speak to Dr Clare Palmer about her role as Director of Evidence Generation.
ieso’s Director of Mental Health Research, Dr Louise Marshall, welcomes the launch of Nature Mental Health journal by the Springer Nature Group.
Dave Icke has joined the company as Executive Chair. Dave will lead day-to-day management of the company and chair the Board of Directors.
Blue Monday is supposedly the most ‘depressing’ day of the year. Did you know Blue Monday was invented by a holiday company as a PR campaign to help sell holidays back in 2005? Find out more here.
In our latest expert article, Daniella Quinn and Dr Michael Ewbank explain how we’ve been analysing the way patients type and what it can tell us about how they engage with digital therapy
For many, the festive season is a chance to rest, spend time with family or friends, and to take a break from work. Here are some ways to manage the back to work anxiety, or 'Sunday Scaries'.
Watch our Director of Mental Health Sciences Dr Louise Marshall’s presentation at MQ Mental Health Research Mental Health Science Festival 2022
ieso’s Chief AI Officer, Dr Valentin Tablan was featured in IEEE Pulse magazine’s recent article on how AI is being used to improve mental health treatment
ieso has been selected as the Most Transformative Digital Healthcare Company at the 2022 OBN Awards, held at the Royal Lancaster in London.
The UK Department of International Trade (DIT) has selected ieso as one of the delegates to exhibit on the UK pavilion at HLTH 2022
On International Stress Awareness Day, our latest blog looks at ways of supporting someone who's feeling stressed
Did you know that as many as 1 in 4 people across 11 developed countries are struggling financially? In this blog, we look at how can financial stresses affect our mental health.
Head of Payer Development at ieso, Deborah Cleary joined the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) last evening for the official launch of the Digital Health Playbook - 2023 Edition.
We had a conversation with CBT Therapist Peter O’Brien, one of ieso's affiliate clinicians, who consistently achieves outstanding outcomes in his treatment, about his approach and advice.
The theme of this year's World Mental Health Day is 'Make Mental Health & Wellbeing for All a Global Priority'. Find out how we're revolutionising how the world understands and treats mental health.
ieso’s SVP Clinical Innovation, Jennifer Gentile, featured in MedCity News report on their INVEST Digital Health Conference in Dallas.
ieso’s EVP Impact, Dr Andrew Welchman, recently featured in Behavioral Health Business’s article on his panel at Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy Future of Mental Health Conference.
In the first of The Team Spotlight series, we speak to Gamze Ekinci Ozkoca about her role as Test Team Lead within Engineering.
The loss of a key public figure can have a powerful impact on our feelings. The death of Her Majesty the Queen will have affected all of us differently. However you feel – it's okay.
ieso shortlisted for celebrated OBN Award for Most Transformative Digital Healthcare Company
A ‘trigger’ is a stimulus that sets off an emotional response. Understanding why this response happens can help manage the effects of the trigger in the workplace.
ieso’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Andy Blackwell, was featured in Health Tech World’s recently published article, showcasing 10 TED talks that transformed the health tech space.
Learn directly from the experts in ieso's mental health tech podcast, 'Thinking Ahead'. In case you missed it, here is a recap of the latest episodes.
ieso's Dr Ana Catarino named as one of Business Insider's 30 under 40 in Healthcare for 2022
Confidence is built from the inside out and can impact all areas of life, including at work. Find out what confidence really means and ways to feel more confident from the ieso clinical team.
Over 4.9 million people were living with diabetes in the UK in 2021, according to Diabetes UK. In this blog, we share some CBT-based techniques to help the impact of a diabetes diagnosis.
In our latest article, we look at the results and implications of our latest research study with Shaun Mehew and Jennifer Gentile
ieso’s Group Chief Science and Strategy Officer, Dr Andy Blackwell features in pharmaphorum's article “Beyond the pill in an outcome-based world”
ieso features in Secure Futures magazine for their article "Could AI make mental health therapy more effective"
LTC News have published a spotlight article on ieso’s latest study results. This comes a week after the announcement of ieso's research study, conducted with support from Roche Diabetes Care Limited.
Dr Andrew Welchman, Executive Vice President for Impact at ieso, recently appeared on AI for Good’s Health Discovery series to explore how artificial intelligence can improve mental health.
ieso submits evidence to the UK Department of Health and Social Care to inform the Government’s 10-year Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan
If you have a colleague who is depressed, it’s natural to want to help them. It’s not always easy to know how best to do this though. Here are some expert tips from ieso clinicians.
ieso join Self Space, Livi, Bloom and Woebot in the Stylist’s list of the best remote therapy services that are improving access for those seeking mental health support
Our NHS Market Development Director Rachel Websdale and EVP Clinical Clare Hurley sat down to talk about what the partnership has achieved and where it will go next in our latest blog.
Patients who received ieso online cognitive behavioral therapy tailored for patients with Type 2 diabetes reported improvements in depression and anxiety, which resulted in better diabetes management.
A new era of mental health science: Read part three of our three-part series ‘The Future of Mental Health Care’
Watch our Chief AI Officer Valentin Tablan's presentation at Applied Machine Learning Days 2022 ...
Next generation digital therapy: Read part two of our three-part series 'The Future of Mental Health Care'
Wake-up and smell the AI: Read part one of our three-part series ‘The Future of Mental Health Care'
ieso is very pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Hurley as EVP Clinical
Acknowledging research-driven innovation ensures the continuous improvement of healthcare in the UK and human health globally. Congratulations to this year’s Prix Galien UK winners...
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and the theme is loneliness. Here are some practical ways to address loneliness in your life...
ieso shortlisted for prestigious Prix Galien UK Best Digital Health Solution award
From Real-World Data to next Generation Mental Healthcare: in this article, our Chief AI Officer Valentin Tablan summarises his talk at Applied Machine Learning Days 2022 for those who missed it
Our Director of Clinical Science, Dr Ana Catarino, explains how ieso and The University of Sheffield identified new depression subtypes in our latest expert article
Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and author of 'Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health', explains why he is intrigued by what ieso is doing
It's World Health Day, and this year's theme, Our planet, our health, focuses on the connection between our environment and our wellbeing. Our latest blog explores how we can engage with nature...
ieso were delighted to not only be support partners of the HSJ Partnership Awards ceremony but also shortlisted finalists for 'Best Mental Health Partnership with the NHS' with Dorset HealthCare
ieso is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Louise Marshall as our Director of Mental Health Sciences
ieso has joined the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA), a non-profit association of industry leaders with a mission to drive awareness and adoption of digital therapies
The impact quality sleep can have on our mental health is being highlighted on World Sleep Day (18 March 2022), which we explore further in our blog.
Interested in how AI and data are being used today to improve patient outcomes for therapists treating mental health conditions? Tune in to our latest podcast to find out more
Rachel Websdale has this month joined ieso from Push Doctor, where she was their Head of NHS accounts
On Time to Talk Day, we're encouraged to create supportive communities by talking openly about mental health. In this blog, we look at why it's important to share what's on our minds in the workplace
Meeting regulatory standards is not the only ingredient essential to the responsible innovation of AI-enabled hardware in the healthcare arena, as our Chief AI Officer reflects
Want to know how research into subtypes of depression and their responses to treatment is paving the way for an end to one-size-fits-all treatment for depression? Tune in to our latest podcast
ieso, in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, have been shortlisted for “Best Mental Health Partnership with the NHS” at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2022
Did you know that rapport and empathy aren’t key ingredients in effective CBT? Find out more in Does Therapy work? - the second episode of ieso’s mental health-tech podcast, Thinking Ahead
ieso spoke to MIT Technology Review to discuss how using AI to examine the language used by therapists could lead to more people feeling better and staying better
UK innovator closes Series B financing to develop AI-enabled, evidence-based digital therapeutics built on the world's largest mental health treatment data set
ieso's mood and symptom checker asks How Are Things? and creates an evidence-based report from a psychological wellbeing professional to give users a clearer picture of their mental health
Listen in to the first episode of our new mental health tech podcast, Thinking Ahead. Hear from our CEO, Nigel Pitchford, about how we’re scaling and staying true to our social purpose.
ieso, a leader in internet-enabled cognitive behavioural therapy, is pleased to announce we have been named as one of the top 19 mental health start-ups in Europe
ieso has created safe, patient-centred technology that meets McKinsey's six interconnected building blocks to establish a scalable business in digital health
ieso, a leader in evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy provisions and ground breaking research, is excited to announce we are a winner in Red Herring's Top 100 North America
ieso reflects on the legacy of Dr Aaron Beck, the highly respected and pioneering neurologist who developed CBT treatment, who died this week at the age of 100
ieso responded to the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee’s call for evidence into the impact of digitalisation on the four key drivers of wellbeing
ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider with lockdown restrictions lifting soon and coping mechanisms that may help if feeling anxious about this change
ieso, a leader in evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy provisions and innovator of ground breaking research, is recognised in the Evening Standard's best therapy tools
Marie Claire have published a complete guide to online therapy: what it is, its benefits and some resources to help people get started on learning to challenge thoughts that may be causing distress
ieso featured in Sifted’s review of mental health start-ups across Europe who are addressing the extra strain on people’s mental health caused by the pandemic
Jeremy Cripps, a Chartered Psychologist and UK Clinical Lead at ieso, shares his lived experience of mental health. In an interview with Ian Florence, he delves deeper into his self-disclosure
ieso's Chief Science and Strategy Officer Dr Andy Blackwell joins the panel at Uppsala Health Summit to discuss “Innovative Strategies for Closing the Treatment Gap”
The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day (10th October) is ‘Mental health in an unequal world’
ieso, a leading provider of evidence-based, online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and innovator of ground-breaking research, features in The Economist’s latest review of mental healthcare program
Our ambition is to not only provide world-class therapy, it’s to transform mental healthcare around the world
This study, commissioned by ieso, investigates the demographic and clinical predictors of response to one-to-one CBT delivered via the internet
ieso piloted a comparative study of therapy sessions following the interaction of 10 participants with human therapists versus a chatbot to recommend ways of overcoming the drawbacks of chatbots
ieso introduces and demonstrates the usefulness of a tool that automatically annotates therapist utterances in real-time according to the therapeutic role
ieso uses therapy transcripts derived from internet enabled cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment sessions to understand how therapist variables are associated with clinical outcomes in IAPT
In this multicentre, randomised controlled trial, ieso investigates the eﬀectiveness of CBT delivered online in real time by a therapist for patients with depression in primary care
ieso announced June 29 that is has been granted a new patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
With this year’s #IWD theme being ‘an equal world is an enabled world’ - #eachforequal – ieso advocate equality and enablement for everyone.
ieso are pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Freer as Chief Clinical Officer.
In the fourth blog post of this series, Sarah Bateup provides advice around the common phenomena when moving to non-face to face therapy delivery and more...
In the third blog post of this series, Sarah Bateup provides advice around how to deal with patient contact in-between therapy delivery and more...