A Pittsburgh medical nutrition therapy EHR developer spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 will place its Connect and Coach platform in more than 200 of West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee's supermarket stores in eight midwestern states.

According to PHRQL (pronounced freckle), the EHR enables registered dietitians in supermarket settings to help customers develop healthy eating practices for general health and wellness, and to manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic conditions.

The company says the platform follows the Nutrition Care Process from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a systematic approach to providing individuals with high-quality nutrition care. Connect and Coach is HIPAA-compliant so customers’ health data are secure.  It also provides both in-store and enterprise-level reporting for program management and generates invoices for services rendered that can be configured for electronic billing to insurance companies.

“We are pleased to add Connect and Coach to our customer wellness offerings,” says Julie McMillin, Hy-Vee’s director of health and wellness. “For almost 10 years, Hy-Vee has been a national leader in providing in-store nutrition services. Our dietitians will use this valuable tool to document and track one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions, group classes, and guide participants in achieving their overall health goals. As part of this long-term contract, we are also enthusiastic about innovating with PHRQL on other EHR-related services, including biometric screenings, employee wellness and electronic communications between various community partners.”

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