The Travelers Cos. Inc. announced Thursday the launch of Wysa for Return to Work, an app designed to promote the mental health of injured employees and facilitate a more holistic recovery.
According to Travelers workers’ compensation claims data, more than 40% of employees who have missed work days due to injury have experienced a psychosocial barrier to recovery.
The app helps users “build mental resilience that can help overcome these barriers. The app responds to what users communicate through a secure, anonymous texting-style platform and offers strategies that include cognitive behavioral techniques, guided meditation and breathing exercises,” Travelers says.
The app was created in partnership with Wysa Ltd., a provider of mental health tools that incorporate artificial intelligence.
The new app is available to injured employees who indicate one or more psychosocial barriers to their recovery during a conversation with a Traveler nurse or claim report. Early pilot results show that injured workers who use Wysa for return-to-work have reduced their missed work days by about a third, compared to those who don̵7;t use the app.