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OpenLoop acquires Imaging Panda

OpenLoop Health, an online platform designed to help match healthcare providers with hospitals and other facilities that require extra staffing assistance, has announced the acquisition of Imaging Panda and the addition of a new diagnostic imaging support service. 

This acquisition will allow OpenLoop to continue to expand its suite of innovative solutions and aligns with its mission of enabling convenient access to quality care for patients in all 50 states.

“The acquisition of Imaging Panda and their easy-to-use portal allows us to offer an even more robust stack of care solutions for our clients and their patients,” said OpenLoop CEO, Jon Lensing. “It’s another step toward our mission of provider-centric services that bring unrivaled care to patients everywhere.”

OpenLoop Offers New Diagnostic Imaging Support Service 

OpenLoop is also now offering its clients diagnostic imaging as an addition to its core support services. Instead of providers having to chase down imaging orders and reports, clinicians can order every variety of imaging including x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and MRIs in all 50 states through a simple and intuitive portal. 

Imaging Panda then manages the entire process with the imaging center from scheduling to results finalization and automatically notifies the provider when results are ready to be reviewed. This encourages faster decision making and establishes better patient outcomes. Paired with their other industry leading telehealth solutions, this acquisition of Imaging Panda further supports OpenLoop’s goal of bringing healing anywhere, anytime.

OpenLoop acquires Imaging Panda | 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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