Fierce Healthcare: Digital Staffing Company Aya Healthcare Picks Up Winnow AI to Bolster its Physician Recruitment Tech
Digital staffing company Aya Healthcare acquired Winnow AI to bolster its physician recruitment capabilities as the industry grapples with a historic provider shortage.
Aya Healthcare, with more than 7,000 global employees, operates a digital staffing platform that provides every component of healthcare-focused labor services, including travel nursing and allied health, per diem, permanent staff hiring, interim leadership, locum tenens and nonclinical professionals, according to the company. Aya’s software suite includes vendor management, float pool technology, provider services and predictive analytics.
The Winnow AI acquisition marks Aya Healthcare’s third M&A deal in five months as the company works to build up its AI capabilities for staffing, hiring and retention.
In July, Aya Healthcare picked up Flexwise Health, a company that offers technology to forecast gaps in patient demand and staffing levels. Its aim is to assist hospitals in optimizing resource allocation and cost.
A few weeks later, the company acquired Polaris AI, a machine learning platform that predicts future patient volume and staffing levels in clinical settings. Polaris utilizes proprietary machine learning algorithms to intelligently inform staffing needs and provide tools for systems to effectively distribute internal resources and plan alternative schedules.
With its latest deal, Winnow AI will operate within Aya’s Provider Solutions division. The company says the startup’s capabilities complement its DocCafe brand, a physician talent acquisition platform with the nation’s largest pool of active job seekers. Aya’s Provider Solutions division will now be able to offer both active and passive job seeker recruitment platforms. The division also enables healthcare organizations to hire locum providers and manage their provider recruitment and engagement through Aya Connect, according to the company.