HARTFORD–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced that Hartford’s Cloud9 Online has been named September’s “Innovator of the Month.” Founded in 2014, Cloud9 licenses evidence-based, clinically designed guided meditations through custom apps for health care providers and employers. Their meditation platform uses data analytics to improve wellness outcomes and reduce costs across the health care system.
Cloud9 is a woman- and minority-owned business founded to support mental health, combat the opioid crisis and assist those in recovery. They are currently partnered with pain management specialists and substance use disorder recovery centers, drawing community awareness to September as National Recovery Month.
“COVID-19 has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health, especially those who suffer from addiction or have been on the frontlines of the pandemic. Cloud9 is taking an innovative approach to pain management, recovery and mental health, and I look forward to seeing their continued growth,” said Murphy.
“At Cloud9, we are innovating a 3,000 year old technology for healing the mind and body. Meditation is proven to reduce dependency on medication and substance use. Our minds are the most powerful tool we have in supporting our overall physical and emotional health,” said Delanea Davis, Cloud9 Online’s co-founder and CEO. “A heartfelt thank you to Senator Murphy for this honor.”
Cloud9 has been a partner of Hartford Healthcare since April 2020, delivering their Hartford Healthcare Colleague Wellbeing mindfulness app that has more than 20,000 downloads from their frontline workers, extended staff and families.
In June, Murphy and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced the Parity Implementation Act to incentivize further compliance with federal mental health laws. In 2016, Murphy and Cassidy co-authored the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act, which was signed into law by President Obama.
Murphy believes entrepreneurship and innovation are the building blocks for a strong economy. In the U.S. Senate, he has introduced two bipartisan pieces of legislation to incentivize angel investors to put more money into startup companies—the Angel Tax Credit Act and the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act. Startup companies create an average of 2 million jobs each year.