What We Need to Know:
– Healthstream acquires NurseGrid, a mobile health app for nurses and nurse managers for approximately $25M in cash.
– 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’s operations are based in Portland, Oregon and include approximately 20 employees.
HealthStream, a Nashville, TN-based provider of workforce and provider solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced that it has acquired NurseGrid, a Portland, Oregon-based healthcare technology company for approximately $25M in cash. Through this acquisition, the HealthStream gains NurseGrid Mobile, the #1 rated and top downloaded app for nurses, and its corollary application for nurse managers, NurseGrid Enterprise.
Digital Communication & Collaboration Tools for Nurses & Nurse Leaders
There are approximately 3.1 million registered nurses in the U.S.—and nurses make up the largest audience across the HealthStream ecosystem. Founded in 2013 by Joe Novello, NurseGrid is committed to ending short staffing by alleviating healthcare’s most pernicious issue through intelligent staffing solutions.
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 app helps healthcare managers more efficiently publish work schedules to their nursing staff, view and approve shift swaps, and communicate with their teams. NurseGrid Mobile has an audience of over 260,000 nurses as monthly active users, which continues to grow virally.
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. 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.”
Updated Operating Income Guidance for 2020
NurseGrid is an early-stage company and has spent the last several years, and approximately $12.5 million of capital, developing its applications and growing its community of over 260,000 monthly active users, and has not yet achieved profitability. As HealthStream begins to ramp up its sales teams to support the recently launched NurseGrid Enterprise, a SaaS-based solution, HealthStream expects revenue contributions of less than $0.5 million in 2020. The company is revising its consolidated operating income guidance to reflect the impact from the acquisition and now expect operating income to range between $8.5 million and $11.0 million.
This guidance range includes approximately $1.0 to $1.5 million of intangible amortization expense associated with the acquisition as well as anticipated operating loss in 2020 associated with the operations of this business following the closing. NurseGrid’s operating results will be included in our Workforce Solutions business segment.