West Des Moines startup provides start-to-finish digital claims capability for life insurers Nick Gerhart often wonders whether life insurance executives ever attempt to navigate their own company’s claims process. If they did, they would probably want to make some big changes after encountering what is likely a frustrating, time-consuming experience, says Gerhart, chief innovation officer […]

Holmes Murphy a founding co-leader of initiative BrokerTech Ventures is breaking new ground in bringing a more entrepreneurial mindset to the insurance brokerage industry. Conceptualized by Iowa-based insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy in 2019, the technology solutions and innovation initiative rapidly set up its operations and began producing tangible outcomes in 2020 and into 2021 — […]

MercyOne announced last week it has signed an agreement with Hospital IQ, a Boston-based provider of predictive hospital operations software, to expand its use of artificial intelligence to improve coordination of patient access to care as Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and patient transfers surge.   The new system provides an unprecedented level of emergency coordination between all […]

The growth of Iowa-based Sukup Manufacturing Co. has always been tied to farmers and the land, and ever-increasing crop yields over the past couple of decades have fueled rising demand for grain handling and storage products. That need — and the imperative for innovation — has driven the growth of the family-owned company that’s now […]

Manufacturers ranging from recreational vehicle makers to distilleries and injection-mold companies — as well as companies outside the manufacturing industry — rapidly shifted their organizations’ talents toward producing critically needed personal protective equipment for front-line health care workers in their communities across Iowa.  Among the largest manufacturers that jumped into making PPE items was Deere […]

Weld, executive director of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, has been a driving force behind developing a successful and thriving science, technology, engineering and math program in Iowa.  Through his leadership and guidance, STEM has emerged from the depths of obscurity in Iowa to play a prominent role in Iowa’s education system and advancing talent […]

Kansas City-based Commerce Bank announced it has launched a real-time payments system aimed at enabling property-casualty insurers to provide faster, more convenient claims payments. The new product, CommercePayments PreferPay, provides customers, claimants and service providers with multiple claims payment options including ACH, check or direct-to-debit card via Visa Direct.  Commerce Bank partnered with Progressive Casualty […]

Des Moines-based Seneca Cos., a supplier and services provider to the retail petroleum industry, announced this week that it has partnered with ChargePoint, a California-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station network. As a signature partner, Seneca will represent ChargePoint’s entire product line and provide product support throughout Seneca’s footprint in the Midwest, South and Mountain […]