The faculty of Des Moines Area Community College’s surgical technologist program is preparing for a larger class this fall in a refreshed classroom with new equipment. That includes three practice operating rooms, recording equipment to allow professors to record labs and monitor students remotely, a sterile processing and central supply area, and a 3D laparoscopic […]

Homes are a central component of the residential addiction treatment YSS provides to Iowa youths. Two adapted houses in Ames have served as treatment facilities to help youths feel welcomed and comfortable while they recover. YSS CEO Andrew Allen said the organization determined about five years ago that the adapted homes weren’t able to accommodate all the […]

OpenLoop, a Des Moines-based provider of white label telehealth services, announced Tuesday its physicians are covered by more than 90% of nationwide insurance payers. “OpenLoop’s in-network clinicians can now serve patients covered by over 600 payers including Medicare, Medicaid and every major private insurer,” CEO and co-founder Dr. Jon Lensing said in a release. According […]

MercyOne has piloted a new patient-provider matching tool that aims to make it easier for patients to connect with a primary care physician. MercyOne worked with Patient Bond, started by former Procter & Gamble employees, to develop the online tool, said Janell Pittman, chief marketing and digital strategy officer for MercyOne. The 11-question quiz was developed […]

Minnesota-based Coupe Health LLC has purchased SPH LLC, formerly known as SimplePay Health, from insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy & Associates, the companies announced. Launched by Holmes Murphy in 2018, SPH is an alternative health care product for self-insured commercial employers. The SPH platform is designed to enable employees to easily search for high-quality medical and pharmacy plans. […]

MercyOne has partnered with Phreesia Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.- based health care technology company, to provide electronic screening of every MercyOne patient to evaluate unmet social needs. The Des Moines-based health system began using the screening platform developed by Phreesia in September 2020, and over the past year has conducted more than 35,000 social determinants of health […]

Unity Point Health-Des Moines is partnering with Qventus, a clincal operations system using machine learning, artificial intelligence and behavioral science, to optimize and streamline patient flow and discharge processes. The Qventus Inpatient Solution processes data in real time, the first health care operations system to do so. AI will predict the time and location of […]

Des Moines-based employee engagement company Navigate Wellness Solutions named Jeremy Knipper as chief technology officer, the company announced on Wednesday. Knipper previously served as vice president of technology for the company. In his new role, he will lead the strategic development of health and well-being technology platforms. Navigate serves organizations interested in offering technical wellness […]

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 […]