Telehealth startup awarded $1.3M to develop virtual care platform for US service members

Noctem, a telehealth startup, received a $1.3 million grant from the Medical Technology Consortium Enterprise to pilot a virtual care platform that treats sleep disorders in U.S. military service members.

University of Pittsburgh researchers will collaborate with Noctem on a two-year study to evaluate therapies for insomnia, nightmares and other sleep disturbances delivered by smartphone and web-based technology. Rachel Markwald, MD, principal investigator at the Naval Health Research Center Sleep and Fatigue Research Laboratory, will lead the project.

The organizations conducted a preliminary study with post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers to test Noctem's telehealth platform. The research team found that delivering sleep interventions via the virtual care platform produced similar improvements in sleep, insomnia and daytime symptoms of anxiety and depression as care provided in traditional office visits.

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