West L.A.-based Canary Health, a developer of patient health-management software, has acquired mental health program bLife in an all stock deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Canary Health purchased the app in order to have a mental health management tool to offer to insurance and health care providers, said Canary Health Chief Executive Adam Kaufman.

BLife of Santa Monica develops a suite of psychological health tools, including mental assessments, guided meditations, breathing exercises, goal-setting programs, and visualization training for $15 a month. The company will continue to sell bLife directly to consumers.

Canary Health is paid by health insurance companies, health care providers, and employers to treat patients, especially those who are chronically ill. It already has a range of digital programs for managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and arthritis.

While much of Canary’s programs are automated, the company also includes a coaching chat service to encourage and assist patients as they manage their chronic health conditions. The startup employs about 80 part-time coaches who routinely reach out to patients.

“There is a service element wrapped into the technology,” said Kaufman. “They are tracking people’s progress; nudging them if they need support; and celebrating their successes.”

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