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28 January, 2019 - 13:33 By Tony Quested

Ieso on top of the world, says Cambridge biotech entrepreneur

Cambridge-based Ieso Digital Health, the UK’s flagship provider of digitally-enabled mental healthcare, has gained additional global kudos at the start of 2019 – further underlining why the company is one of Business Weekly’s hot tips for international success in 2019.

The company reportedly impressed in meetings held with global players at the J P Morgan Healthcare week in San Francisco (JPM19) where it demonstrated its ahead-of-the-curve status to a rammed delegation.

Dr Andy Richards (pictured above), a non-executive director at Ieso, shares Business Weekly’s enthusiasm for the proposition. He told us: “The mental health area is hugely important – in the UK and across the planet. 

“There is a huge global need for solutions and digital approaches look like a really important way forward. Ieso Digital Health is certainly at the forefront of this – confirmed by its meetings at JPM19. No-one in the world has the dataset that Ieso has or has demonstrated that using AI technology on such a data set can systematically improve health outcomes, which is where Ieso now is. 

“The UK Government’s recognition and commitment to this space is very important.”

It is always rewarding to see our recommendations of local businesses backed further up the public awareness and media coverage chains. In this regard, November brought fresh and significant endorsements. Chief among these was  the announcement that Ieso was highly placed in the Deloitte Fast 50 UK awards for the second year in succession. 

Dan Clark, CEO of Ieso Digital Health said: “Our digital technology is transforming people’s experience of mental health services and challenging the unacceptable boundaries between physical and mental health.

“Ieso’s consistently strong growth trajectory has been driven by our ongoing investment in world-class technology, an exceptional team, unique mental health data science insights and our growing network of outstanding clinicians all of which is enabling faster and more convenient access to evidence-based mental healthcare.”

Ieso is transforming mental healthcare by delivering digitally-enabled, personalised solutions which can be easily and conveniently accessed online, on mobile or PC. Ieso is available through the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Treatment (IAPT) a programme which is empowering patient and speeding up access to high quality mental health care and treatment.

Also in November, Ieso launched a bespoke learning and development platform to spearhead its therapist training provision.

Ieso is in the unique position of having access to tens of thousands of therapy transcripts. This means that for the first time, there is data to verify what really happens in the therapy room.

Ieso is using this data to support therapists in a unique way and launched a new state of the art online therapist training platform, based on data showing how best to support therapists with their clinical work. This dataset allows for the provision of bespoke support and the identification of common training needs within the therapist network.

Ieso’s new online learning platform – branded ‘The Hub” – is accessible to all Ieso therapists and contains tailored learning content and new training materials based on the individual needs of each therapist, to ensure that therapists are being supported to provide the highest quality therapy to patients.

Sarah Bateup

Sarah Bateup, chief clinical officer at Ieso said: “Ieso is committed to the continual investment in the therapist community. We work to ensure that high quality training is always on hand for all our therapists. 

“Patients are at the very heart of our service. Ensuring that our therapists are empowered to provide the best possible care is one way that we can enable more patients to access treatments that really make a difference.”

Bateup was also named in an influential industry report by BioBeat as one of the top 50 female leaders in healthcare business in the UK. BioBeat’s 50 Movers and Shakers in BioBusiness 2018 highlights women who are leading, inspiring and innovating to ensure that new technologies and treatments continue to improve UK research, health and society.

Sarah joined Ieso in 2013, in its formative years when it was treating small numbers of patients using its web-based platform. She has taken this piece of technology and helped to build a service that has treated tens of thousands of patients. This technology is now developing it into a platform that can transform the quality of therapy delivered to patients globally.

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