Uheal raises €1.068 million and launches an AI-powered notes app for mental health professionals

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To help those who help, Prague-based Upheal has raised €1.068 million in a pre-seed funding round as it launches what it calls, “the first-ever smart laptop for mental health professionals with AI-powered note-taking.” Although no details were provided, according to Uheal, the investment will be used to accelerate development of the product.

Upheal’s backing is provided by lead investor KAYA VC with participation from Calm/Storm and Credo Ventures alongside angel investors including Juraj Masar (Better Stack), Javier Suarez (Oliva & TravelPerk), Andrej Kiska ( ex Credo Ventures) Tomas Scavnicky (Parrot), Peter Zajac (Surglogs), Anton Zajac (ESET).

Although we would all really like to think that this pandemic is over and dusted off, the truth is that it is not. Putting aside the economic effects for a moment, and looking only at what this mess has done to disturb our minds, the statistics for the islands of the UK are enough to make one shudder.

Add to that record numbers of healthcare workers (mental and physical) and the perfect storm because, well, a perfect storm is a clear and present danger.

By focusing on an area that can sometimes go unnoticed, go unnoticed and be socially stigmatized (which is undoubtedly relaxing, but still present), Upheal aims to make life a little easier for therapists by offering them a platform dedicated to mental health for therapists and coaches around the world. It provides high-quality video call features, automated full session transcripts, and pre-curated AI summaries.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a London-based therapist told me: “I spend an average of 15-20 minutes per client per day just on notes. With up to 9 clients a day, the time saved through a service like this would free me up to spend more time thinking and working on solutions for and with them.

Beyond simply transcribing sessions, according to Upheal, their AI can help therapists identify recurring themes, suggest coping strategies, and flag diagnostic markers, such as onsets of depression or mania.

At the end of each session, therapists automatically receive progress notes and analysis that can identify highlights such as important people and places in their client’s story. Advanced analytics offer insights into client speech cadence, therapist-client speech ratio, subject sentiment, and other clinically relevant data.

“The last two years have put a particular strain on people’s mental health, which has further exacerbated the shortage of therapists around the world. We either need a lot more therapists or rethink how they work. We are excited about Upheal’s vision to bring superpowers to mental health professionals and unleash their abilities,” concludes KAYA Partner Tomas Pacinda.


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