Psious Rebrands as Amelia Virtual Care, Names Afsana Akhter as CEO to Accelerate Growth Amid Rapid Adoption of VR in Mental Health

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, February 23, 2022–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Psious (Psico Smart Apps SL), a leading virtual reality (VR) platform for mental health professionals, announced today that it has changed its name to Amelia’s Virtual Care and hired a digital health veteran Afsana Akhter as president and chief executive officer. The new brand, a nod to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, aligns with the company’s mission, vision and growth as it brings evidence-based technologies to market to help clinicians deliver mental health services. and consolidates its position as a world leader in virtual reality. for health care

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Afsana Akhter, President and CEO of Amelia Virtual Care (Photo: Business Wire)

Akhter is a highly strategic cross-functional leader with more than 20 years of leadership experience and repeated success at growing digital health companies including Livongo Health, Kiio, Prealize Health and Medullan. Akhter will spearhead Amelia’s expansion as it helps meet unprecedented demand for mental health services in the US and around the world.

“Amelia Virtual Care is at an exciting turning point in our history,” said Xavier Palomer, Founder and CEO of Amelia Virtual Care. “Covid-19 broke down stigmas around mental health, healthcare providers looked for new ways to deliver engaging experiences to patients in a remote setting, and virtual reality technology became more common and affordable. This combination of factors created the perfect storm to advance the application of virtual reality in healthcare, and Amelia Virtual Care more than doubled its presence in 2021. We are poised for even more growth in 2022, and I am confident that Afsana is the leader that can take us there. Your experience, business acumen, and belief in our our mission will drive us to serve the mental health industry and enable better patient care. At the same time, we are pleased to reveal our new name, which better captures our innovative spirit, reflects the roots of our companyand connects us with the mental health providers and patients who trust them with their care.”

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In his more than two decades in the technology and digital health industries, Akhter has led sales, product, customer success and marketing teams; successfully executed marketing strategies; and companies scaled in B2B and B2B2C models. Amelia Virtual Care will benefit from her direct and channel sales experience to providers, payers and employers, as well as her track record of building and leading cross-functional teams.

“I am delighted to be joining this incredible team in support of an incredible mission,” said Akhter. “This is a pivotal time in digital health and mental health specifically. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology by both clinicians and consumers. At the same time, the demand for mental health services has grown patients are seeking better experiences and greater access to mental health support, while clinicians need tools to help them deliver high-quality care, in person and remotely.The benefits of virtual reality in mental health are have proven through 30 years of scientific research, and virtual reality adoption is on a rapidly rising trend.With a proven solution at the intersection of mental health and the metaverse, Amelia Virtual Care is poised for tremendous growth and impact for years to come.

Amelia Virtual Care’s virtual reality platform is the most comprehensive on the market with over 140 multi-language virtual reality environments that clinicians can use to help them treat a variety of conditions, including phobias and social anxiety. Today, the platform is used by more than 2,000 mental health professionals around the world and has completed more than 150,000 virtual reality sessions.

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Akhter has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from MIT and serves as chair of the MIT Club of Northern California’s health and life sciences forum. It is based in Mountain View, California.

Amelia Virtual Care is mainly backed by Asabys Partners, Caixa Capital Risc, CDTI and Barcelona-based Banc Sabadell.

About Amelia Virtual Care

Amelia Virtual Care provides evidence-based virtual reality tools for mental health professionals to use in their practice. More than 2,000 therapists around the world use the company’s virtual reality platform to enhance patient therapy both in person and in remote settings.

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Denise DiMeglio
Gregory FCA, for Amelia Virtual Care
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