OpenLoop Blog

Licensing 101

Meri BrickJuly 29, 2021

Licensing is an essential piece in the healthcare delivery puzzle. Without it, medical providers can’t practice and healthcare facilities can’t operate. Basically, it’s what makes the healthcare world go round. Licensing is a hot topic with the boom in telehealth adoption, so it’s more important than ever to stay current on the conversation. In this blog post, we outlined all things licensing to get you caught up, so…

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A Guide to Remote Patient Monitoring

Meri BrickJuly 22, 2021

Like telehealth, remote patient monitoring is on the rise. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since remote patient monitoring falls under the larger umbrella of telehealth as a proven method of data capture and delivery. And as you know, the virtual care boom has only just begun. With the latest trends towards the value-based care treatment model, remote patient monitoring is sure to only continue gaining momentum…

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The Ins and Outs of Value-Based Care

Meri BrickJuly 15, 2021

The concept of value-based care was first introduced in 2006, but it recently gained traction throughout the pandemic. COVID-19 can be credited for changing healthcare operations throughout the world and also encouraging industry players to evaluate the way care is delivered to patients. Many healthcare experts feel that moving to a value-based care model might be the key to unlocking unprecedented quality of care…

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Credentialing 101

Meri BrickJuly 01, 2021

Credentialing can be a long and grueling process, but a very critical one in the medical field. It is the first step in clinician hiring for healthcare providers operating hospitals or clinics, as well as, telehealth companies launching virtual services nationally. Any time you are bringing on a clinician to support your patients and represent your brand, thorough credentialing must be performed. It is such a…

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The Telehealth Dictionary

Meri BrickJune 24, 2021

​ It is no secret that telehealth adoption has increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with an unprecedented global shutdown, the medical industry had to find a way to deliver quality care to patients with minimal face-to-face interaction across all reaches of the world. The answer? To deliver it virtually. Long before the pandemic, telehealth did exist but it was far from widely used…

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OpenLoop, the Digital Health Marketplace Connecting Certified Clinicians to Telehealth Opportunities, Closes Oversubscribed $3M Seed Round

Jess GreinerApril 14, 2021

DES MOINES, IA | April 14, 2021 - OpenLoop, a virtual health company based in Des Moines, Iowa, today announced their oversubscribed seed round financing of $3 million. The round was led by an angel group of physicians and was joined by Techstars, Next Level Ventures, Panoramic Ventures, and ISA Ventures, along with all existing investors, including Chairman Dr. Richard Ferguson, PhD. This financing enables OpenLoop…

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4 Ways Coronavirus is Shaping Telehealth

Christian WilliamsOctober 20, 2020

What We've Learned in The Techstars Accelerator From Interviewing Twenty Telehealth Executive's in the Past Two Weeks 2020 has been a volatile year for telehealth executives. Some networks have experienced over 8000% growth in Telehealth use caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Projections in January are now remnants excel charts in a world changed. For the last two weeks we've interviewed telehealth executives at the…

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OpenLoop Joins Techstars to Scale Freelance Medical Services Into New Markets

Christian WilliamsSeptember 10, 2020

A founder's dream. When Jon, Matt, and I founded OpenLoop we asked ourselves one question. Why are we starting a startup? I'd be lying if I said that we had all the right answers or even the right questions. Five years from now, when we look back to our early founding days and the ideas we shared, I'm excited to see the magnified results of our initial conversations. This article will cover the findings we've already…

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Why is Telehealth A Growing Portion of the Healthcare Industry

Jon LensingAugust 25, 2020

Why is telehealth growing? The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, impacting families, small businesses, and the healthcare industry. As doctors and hospitals try to find ways to help those who have been impacted by this illness, there has been pressure for healthcare systems and physician practices to adopt telehealth. Telehealth, also called telemedicine, is a non-contact tool that doctors can use to…

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Apollo Rebrands To OpenLoop

Jon LensingJuly 27, 2020

From the day we started Apollo, we set out with a lofty mission. Matt & I were two physicians with an idea to create a network that would change healthcare hiring. Connect providers directly to hospitals. These moonlighting positions were what gave us the name idea for Apollo Technologies after the NASA moon missions. After a great start to 2020, we found our name, though punny, did not reflect the core values of our…

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Utilizing TikTok as a Wellness Tool in the Health Care World

Jon LensingJuly 19, 2020

​ Almost six months since the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 emerged in Wuhan, China, healthcare professionals worldwide are facing ongoing struggles to serve and treat the numerous individuals still streaming into hospitals and clinics. As so many are giving nearly every free hour of their lives to increase the wellness of others, their own personal physical and mental health is facing a crisis of its own: burnout…

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Answers To Common Patient Questions Regarding Masks (Part 1)

Jon LensingJuly 09, 2020

Over the past several months, wearing masks while in public places or in groups of people has become increasingly recommended by government and health officials to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Some cities and states have taken the request for mask-wearing further, passing short-term legislation requiring masks to be worn in public places. However, as is common with many elements surrounding…

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Feeling Alone in Making Difficult Decisions and Diagnoses

Jon LensingJuly 08, 2020

For physicians, there can often be a sense of dread mixed with anxiety when it comes to making difficult decisions during treatment or offering tragic news to individuals regarding a diagnosis. Nobody wants to be in the position to deliver hard news or decisions, yet healthcare professionals are faced with this reality multiple times a day. Making difficult decisions or diagnosis can lead a physician or healthcare…

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Utilizing Empathetic Listening and Rapport with Patients

Jon LensingJune 25, 2020

As a healthcare professional, you are interacting with patients daily. From the moment they enter the door to their exit with a treatment plan in hand, your interaction with patients may be as significant as the guidance you give them. Have you taken the time to understand how empathetic listening – the ability to really listen and understand a patient’s concerns – and familiar rapport can benefit your patients and…

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Building Dynamic Relationships Between Physicians and PAs

Jon LensingJune 22, 2020

​ As a physician, your relationship with a physician’s assistant is one that must be built on trust and integrity. Ideally, this ongoing relationship would last many years in practice, allowing for inter-dependency and mutual respect to be developed across a variety of experiences – both vocational and personal. With a healthy and dynamic working relationship at work, physicians and PAs can better engage one another…

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COVID-19 Tracking Through Phones - Fact vs. Fiction

Jon LensingJune 21, 2020

​ As Google and Apple team up to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, social media streams have lit up with claims regarding smartphone applications tracking your location for nefarious purposes. ​ If you’ve been on social media channels in the past few weeks, you have likely seen users posting images of the latest “update” to their cell phone software that has allegedly added user-tracking software without their consent…

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What's the Hype with Hydroxychloroquine?

Jon LensingJune 20, 2020

​ *Authors Note: This is a resource regarding an evolving situation. Any information included in this article may change at a later date as new information emerges. Please stay abreast of new and changing information regarding COVID-19 from the CDC and WHO. ​ As the number of cases – and subsequent deaths – related to COVID-19 skyrocket around the United States, one treatment option has captured the public’s…

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Southwest Airlines to provide OpenLoop healthcare workers free flights to support the fight against COVID-19

Jon LensingApril 15, 2020

Industry leaders join forces to assist hospitals in need of medical personnel IOWA CITY, IA and DALLAS, TX – April 7, 2020 — Southwest Airlines is known for putting their “hearts” into action. A national leader in the airline industry, Southwest Airlines has pledged to provide free transportation to healthcare workers deploying to critically understaffed hospitals in support of the fight against…

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How will we find enough doctors for COVID-19?

Jon LensingMarch 27, 2020

As America faces the challenges that have befallen strained healthcare systems around the world as a result of COVID-19, OpenLoop has chosen to refocus its platform to address a likely shortage of healthcare professionals across the country. As of today, we have launched a redesigned platform and waived all fees to partner healthcare facilities directly with local physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, and…

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Startup technology that can help solve COVID-19 staffing shortages

Jon LensingMarch 17, 2020

​ We need your help! Please spread the world to all hospitals, practices, urgent care centers in need of additional staff. If you know of any volunteers or medical professionals willing to help out, please enroll! ​ Overview COVID-19 has rapidly changed life in the United States in ways that few thought possible just weeks ago. While we adapt to these changes, there may be even more changes to come including…

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How We Are Combating COVID-19

Jon LensingMarch 16, 2020

Supporting Hospitals Right now, Iowa is in the midst of a health crisis. With inevitable numbers of coronavirus climbing and Iowans in need of help, we at OpenLoop are trying to do everything in our part to help protect our communities. About us OpenLoop is a healthtech startup that was started in 2019 by a group of medical students to match healthcare providers with hospitals requiring temporary help with the vision…

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Three Reasons to Consider Temporary Staffing

Jon LensingMarch 04, 2020

For all it’s advances toward the health and well-being of modern Americans, healthcare still has a major issue: staffing shortages. From a lack of trained medical professionals willing to work in less-than-perfect locations to increasing strikes by healthcare workers, hospitals and medical facilities are continually facing shortages. To meet this growing challenge, many medical professionals have moved toward…

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Pitching to the Iowa Legislature

Jon LensingFebruary 04, 2020

The OpenLoop team had the privilege of speaking in front of the Economic Development committee of the Iowa Legislature today. The focus of the session was to discuss the vibrant startups that are directly impacting Iowans coming out of the University of Iowa that have been made possible only through the state funding. The team introduced legislators to the what OpenLoop is trying to accomplish – help facilitate and…

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