Freespira, Inc. Selected as Winner of Point32Health’s First Innovation Challenge Symposium
Point32Health to work with Freespira, Inc. on a pilot program
Canton, Mass – Point32Health, the parent organization of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan, has announced Freespira, Inc. as the winner of its first annual Innovation Challenge Symposium.
Based in Kirkland, Washington, Freespira, Inc. is the maker and provider of Freespira, the only medication-free, FDA cleared digital therapeutic treatment proven to significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms of panic disorder, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in just 28 days. The win allows Freespira, Inc. to work with Point32Health on a pilot or program, funded by the insurer.
“The work Freespira, Inc. is doing to transform the treatment of panic disorder and PTSD is truly at the intersection of health care and clinical innovation,” said Michael Sherman, MD, MBA, MS, executive vice president and chief medical officer. “We are excited to begin working with their team to pilot their treatment technology, which will allow us to provide more comprehensive mental and behavioral health options to our members.”
Point32Health initiated this challenge to facilitate discovery, development, and implementation of innovative solutions that improve health care for its members and communities, increase affordability, and improve the overall healthcare experience.
“We are excited to be selected as the winner of Point32Health’s inaugural Innovation Challenge, which highlights the confidence in Freespira’s proven ability to offer real help to the millions of patients living with panic attacks and PTSD symptoms,” said Freespira CEO Joe Perekupka. “This award also represents a meaningful collaboration with Point32Health to accomplish their goal of putting patients at the center of care. We’re eager to work together to make mental health care accessible for everyone in need.”
The other two finalists included HealthSmartRx Solutions and Wider Circle [widercircle.com]. Following the success of this year’s symposium, Point32Health plans to make it an annual event.
Point32Health is a leading health and wellbeing organization, delivering an ever-better health care experience to everyone in our communities. Building on the quality, nonprofit heritage of our founding organizations, Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, we leverage our experience and expertise to help people find their version of healthier living through a broad range of health plans and tools that make navigating health and wellbeing easier.
Our programs take a 360-degree view of health for our members—no matter their age, health, race, identity or income. Our Institute works to improve population health—and our Foundation works with communities to support, advocate and advance healthier lives for everyone. We use empathy to understand what’s important to those we serve, always making their priorities our own. And we work to guide and empower people by bringing together wide-ranging partners and perspectives to create new approaches that make a real difference for our community, our industry and our 2.2 million members across New England.
About Freespira, Inc.
Freespira, Inc. is the maker of Freespira, the only FDA-cleared digital therapeutic proven to significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms of panic attacks, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in just 28 days by training users to normalize respiratory irregularities. Health plans, self-insured employers and the Veteran’s Administration provide the company’s drug-free solutions to improve quality of life, reduce medical expenditures and support the appropriate use of valuable healthcare resources. Find out how at freespira.com.