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Certintell partners with Clinical Health Coach to increase access to preventative care services

Certintell, Inc. and Clinical Health Coach have partnered to serve patients proactively through technological advances in support of increasing access to preventative care services.

Certintell will have Clinical Health Coach conduct online training and intensive in-person training for health coaches. These Certintell Health Coaches will provide remote care coordination for underserved patients. These health coaches will utilize Certintell’s advanced telehealth platform to provide care coordination to patients through HIPAA-compliant video, audio, pictures and text. Patients can connect with their care team through their computer or through Certintell’s native iOS and Android JoinCareTeam apps.

“We are excited to get this partnership off the ground in order to cover the health disparities we see regularly in the FQHC space. By allowing these community health centers to utilize our health coaches, they will be able to provide high-quality care coordination to patients that need it the most,” said Benjamin Lefever, founder and CEO of Certintell. “Not only will these health centers see engagement with patients increase while their staff workloads decrease, but they will also have access to our expertise in improving patient quality measures.”

Initially, the partnership will include advocacy and awareness campaigns promoting health coaches in the Community Health Center space. These campaigns will include educational webinars related to health coaching associated with telehealth and Care Management services. Certintell and Clinical Health Coach will share success stories and use cases for training health centers to ensure a seamless system of communication between provider, patient and health coach. 

Certintell was also recently featured as one of the top 5 diagnostic solutions as the pandemic continues to rage on.

Certintell partners with Clinical Health Coach to increase access to preventative care services | Clay & Milk
A central Iowa ag-tech accelerator has secured more backers and finally has a name. The Greater Des Moines Partnership first announced the accelerator last year, naming four initial investors. On Monday, the Partnership said the program will be called the "Iowa AgriTech Accelerator" and named three new investors. The new investors include Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corp. and Sukup Manufacturing, all Iowa companies. They join investors Deere & Co., Peoples Co., Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. and DuPont Pioneer. Each investor has agreed to put up $100,000 for the first year of the accelerator. Startups entering the program will receive $40,000 in seed funding in exchange for 6 percent equity. Tej Dhawan, an angel investor and local startup mentor, is serving as interim director until the AgriTech Accelerator names a permanent leader. Dhawan held a similar role with the GIA before Brian Hemesath was named as managing director. As interim director, Dhawan said his main job includes hiring the accelerator's executive director, establishing a business structure and initial recruiting for the first cohort. The accelerator will place few filters, such as location and product, on the applicant pool, Dhawan said. "When you’re seeking innovation, innovation can come from every corner of the world so why restrict ourselves," he said. One area the the AgriTech Accelerator won't recruit from is biotech. For its first cohort, the AgriTech Accelerator will work out of the GIA's space in Des Moines' East Village, Dhawan said. A future, permanent home is still to be decided. The accelerator's program will host startups from mid-July through mid-October, ending with an event connected to the annual World Food Prize. The GIA, which the AgriTech Accelerator is based on, also ends with presentations at an industry event. The accelerator has also started lining up a mentor pool. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have agreed to provide mentors, as has Iowa State University. While the AgriTech Accelerator is loosely based off of the GIA, it will differ in its business structure, Dhawan said. The GIA runs through a for-profit model for both operations and its investment fund. The AgriTech Accelerator will have a nonprofit model for its operations and a for-profit setup for its fund. Dhawan said the nonprofit model is being used so the accelerator can better work with other nonprofit partners, such as trade associations. "These are all organizations that are nonprofits and can be amazing stakeholders without ever having to be investors in the accelerator," he said. "It becomes easier to work with trade associations in their nonprofit role when we are also a nonprofit." When it's up and running, the AgriTech Accelerator would be one of a handful of ag-focused startup development programs in Iowa. Others include the Ag Startup Engine out of Iowa State University and the Rural Ventures Alliance from Iowa MicroLoan. Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at
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