HealthStream has acquired NurseGrid, a Portland, Oregon-based healthcare technology company. Through this acquisition, the company gains NurseGrid Mobile, the #1 rated and top downloaded app for nurses, and its corollary application for nurse managers, NurseGrid Enterprise.
HealthStream’s focus has always been on improving the quality of health care through the development of the people who deliver care. There are approximately 3.1 million registered nurses in the U.S. – and nurses make up the largest audience across the HealthStream ecosystem. NurseGrid Mobile has an audience of over 260,000 nurses as monthly active users, which continues to grow virally.
“NurseGrid has an incredibly active and engaged community of nurses who have made our app part of their routine,” said Rob MacNaughton, Chief Executive Officer, NurseGrid. “Much of NurseGrid’s growth, to date, has been word of mouth. Now, with HealthStream, we can expand the reach of NurseGrid Mobile and NurseGrid Enterprise by tapping into the HealthStream network.”
NurseGrid Mobile is the #1 rated app for nurses with a 4.9-star rating and over 40,000 reviews in the Apple app store. NurseGrid Mobile is among the top downloaded apps for nurses and has a highly engaged audience of monthly active users, of which over 40 percent use the app daily (i.e. daily active users). NurseGrid Mobile was launched in 2015, is free to nurses and is available in the Apple and Android app stores.
Nurses use NurseGrid Mobile to manage and share their schedules, swap shifts, communicate with one another, and to coordinate work and non-work activities. NurseGrid Mobile users can invite their colleagues to connect within the app. The NurseGrid Enterprise application helps health care managers more efficiently publish work schedules to their nursing staff, view and approve shift swaps and communicate with their teams.
Given NurseGrid’s top rating by nurses and its viral user growth, HealthStream made an investment in NurseGrid in February 2019. The continued growth of nurses using NurseGrid Mobile, the development and release of NurseGrid Enterprise, and the opportunity to further engage and support such a large and growing audience of nurses across the HealthStream ecosystem contributed to the company’s decision to acquire NurseGrid.
“When we launched NurseGrid, one of the first companies I reached out to about collaborating was HealthStream, as they share similar values and commitment to nurses,” said Joe Novello, BSN, RN, founder of NurseGrid. “HealthStream has a been a great supporter of NurseGrid; they are the perfect fit to take NurseGrid and our community of nurse users to the next level.”
NurseGrid’s operations are based in Portland, Oregon and include approximately 20 employees.
“With NurseGrid, we see a tremendous opportunity to further cultivate relationships with nurses and deepen engagement with this important audience across our ecosystem,” said Robert A. Frist, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, HealthStream. “We value the community of nurses using NurseGrid and believe that, together, HealthStream and NurseGrid can bring more value to nurses and the healthcare organizations they work for. We are excited to welcome NurseGrid and its employees to HealthStream.”