Oura, the company behind the personalized health smart ring, and Talkspace, an online behavioral health platform, are joining forces to enable users to securely share personalized sleep data with dedicated, licensed therapists through Talkspace’s encrypted platform.
This partnership, powered by Oura’s new Share Report feature, opens up a way for healthcare practitioners to receive insights about a person’s sleep quality and daily movement to understand how a person is progressing between visits, create more personalized treatment plans, and set goals that the client and provider can track together.
Oura’s Share Report feature allows members to share an easy-to-understand report with a trusted professional, like their therapist. The choice to share the report with trusted professionals is entirely user-led and voluntary. Oura members can customize their report to show sleep quality and daily movement trends from the past week, month, or 90 days.
“Both Oura and Talkspace believe in pioneering new ways of integrating physical and mental health, helping people to improve their quality of life,” says Dorothy Kilroy, chief commercial officer at Oura, in a release. “Oura’s Share Report allows practitioners a complete picture of how their patients are doing in between visits. This can have a ripple effect; the more fluent and literate people are about their own bodies, the better equipped they are to have helpful conversations with providers about their mental health and overall wellbeing.”
Katelyn Watson, chief marketing officer at Talkspace, adds in a release, “Sleep quality is one of the first items assessed on our patient intake and is viewed as a valuable marker of mental health. By bringing together Oura’s capabilities with Talkspace’s clinical expertise, we are empowering members to look holistically at how they can improve their health and well-being at work and in life.”
Talkspace’s Council of Mental Health Experts was included in Oura’s initial focus group testing, and Oura provided Talkspace’s network of over 4,000 licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners with guidance on interpreting the data and how they can use it as part of an individual’s care.
“Sleep data can help prompt conversations about what might be disrupting their routine or what might be a barrier to getting adequate sleep,” says Bisma Anwar, LMHC, part of Talkspace’s Council of Mental Health Experts, in a release. “Whether an individual’s therapy goals are to strengthen relationships, boost work productivity, improve mood, or nearly anything else, getting enough quality sleep is a fundamental first step.”
The Share Report feature is available to all Oura members, and those who wish to share with their Talkspace therapist must also be Talkspace members, either through in-network health insurance coverage, as an employer benefit, or by self-pay subscription.