In the March issue of D CEO, we have a story about a digital health company that’s providing treatment for mental health issues like depression and anxiety via completely text-based exchanges with counselors. The exchanges occur within “secure virtual therapy” rooms, but the two sides never actually meet eye-to-eye. The company, Ieso Digital Health, is headquartered in Cambridge, England, but now has a Dallas-based CEO leading expansion in the U.S.
Readers might approach the subject with some skepticism, but it’s difficult to argue with the potential benefits of tele-solutions to behavioral health problems. Exhibit A: The shortage of psychiatrists, particularly in underserved areas. It’s especially pronounced in North Texas. A recent study with a scope of 16 North Texas counties found that six of them have less than 60 behavioral care providers per 100,000 people, well below the state’s average of about 95.
In our piece, writer Kerry Curry sits down with that Dallas-based CEO, Dan Clark, who counts both Baylor University and Dallas Baptist University as alma maters. Clark has hired 15 people, will soon be on the hunt for 12,000-square-feet of office space here, and has plans to eventually have 100 employees in Dallas-Fort Worth. It’s a business model to keep an eye on, starting with Curry’s full piece—found here.