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Brightside Health Secures $33 Mn Funding for Medicare & Medicaid Expansion

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

April 1, 2024

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The investment aims to facilitate the company's outreach to Medicare and Medicaid populations, marking a crucial step in addressing these communities' growing mental health needs.

Brightside Health, a San Francisco-based virtual mental health company, has secured $33 million in funding to expand medicare facilities.

With the recent funding infusion, Brightside Health intends to broaden its reach by catering to the mental health needs of individuals covered under Medicare & Medicaid. 

The company has also forged expanded partnerships with key players such as CareOregon, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and Centene, among others, to extend its services to approximately 50 million people within these populations.

Sharing insights, Brad Kittredge, cofounder & CEO of Brightside Health, said, "This funding round will help Brightside Health continue to accelerate our rollout and support of Medicare and Medicaid populations; deepen our partnerships with payers and health systems on high-value use cases such as emergency department discharge; and expand the ways that our technology and AI deliver industry-leading outcomes and care efficiency."

Strategic Partnerships & Growth Trajectory

Brightside Health's approach to mental health care, termed "precision psychiatry," encompasses clinically proven therapy and crisis care for individuals ranging from mild to severe clinical depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. 

The funding round, led by S32 and supported by Kennedy Lewis, Time BioVentures, and Anne Wojcicki (Redwood Pacific), builds upon Brightside's previous success. 

Having raised $50 million in a Series B round in November 2021 and accumulating over $100 million in total funding, the company has fortified its position within the mental health sector.

Kittredge further emphasized the uniqueness of Brightside's approach, stating, "Brightside is the only company focused and invested in serving the needs of high severity and acuity patients, including through our crisis care program. In doing so, we’re filling a critical gap in care delivery that aligns clinical and financial outcomes."

Tech-Driven Care Delivery

Beyond its clinical services, Brightside Health has invested in technology and AI, enabling efficient scaling of care delivery while driving measurable outcomes at scale. 

The company's proprietary precision prescribing algorithm, PrecisionRx, collects over 200 data points on individual patients to personalize treatment plans, resulting in a 70% response rate to the first treatment cycle—double the industry standard. 

Moreover, Brightside's closed-loop treatment model facilitates real-time monitoring of member progress, ensuring timely interventions when necessary.

Future Outlook

The recent funding infusion accelerates Brightside Health's expansion plans and places the company on a comfortable trajectory toward profitability. 

Kittredge highlighted this accomplishment, stating, "The capital infusion also puts the company on a 'comfortable path to profitability.'"

Brightside Health's dedication to filling critical gaps in mental healthcare, combined with its innovative approach and strategic partnerships, positions it as a pivotal player in the evolving landscape of virtual mental health services.

Recent Funding Developments

In a parallel development within the healthcare technology sector, Hippocratic AI, a pioneering company dedicated to building the first safety-focused Large Language Model (LLM) for healthcare, secured $53 million in Series A funding. 

Co-led by Premji Invest and General Catalyst, this funding round valued the company at $500 million and marks a significant milestone for the industry. 

With total funding now reaching $120 million, Hippocratic AI is poised to advance its mission of enhancing safety and efficacy in healthcare through cutting-edge AI technology.


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