The Problem: Some 30 million people in the U.S. have eating disorders. Therapy often involves food and mood diaries, which are unwieldy.
The Epiphany: As a teen, Jenna Tregarthen watched someone close to her struggle with treatment that involved logging meals. “I tried it,” says Tregarthen, “and I forgot the paper or didn’t have a pen.” While training as a psychologist, she saw a chance to apply new tech to an old problem.
The Execution: In 2012, Tregarthen launched Recovery Record, a mobile app that lets patients track meals, triggers, and moods, and share that info instantly with their clinicians.
The Result: The app has been used by more than 400,000 patients, and almost 2,000 practitioners pay roughly $20 a month to license it. A recent Stanford study found that 40% of app users without any other treatment showed a reduction in symptoms.