“The promise of patient convenience without the extra burden has won Bright.md a growing fan club among hospitals and medical groups.
- AVIA Innovator Network

“New telepresence doctor visits from companies like ... Bright.md deliver house calls via your mobile phone or computer, eliminating the need for the elderly to travel to a doctor.
- HuffPost

“Before you actually talk to your doctor, [SmartExam] gathers basic data. The app dynamically adapts the questions according to your answers. Using AI, it will give your doctor a preliminary diagnosis treatment plan.
- Wired

“Thank you, thank you. I was able to get relief so much faster than driving to a clinic. The instructions were thorough and easy to understand. This is smart health care.
- Adventist Patient, 2018

“I have never been more excited about healthcare. We have six kids; it would be a nightmare to find sitters, wait at the office and for prescriptions. I did not feel like getting dressed let alone leaving the house! This is ingenious!
- Patient, Greenville Health System, 2018

“Very fast and effective way to get treated without going to a doctor's office and waiting. It only took about 15 minutes from the time I started the exam to get medications called into my pharmacy.
- Patient, Palmetto Health 2018

“I live 85 miles from my doctor. This service saved a long trip and I was treated properly.
- Patient, Presbyterian Health, 2018

“It was so convenient and easy to use. I didn't have to take time off work or get extra tests that were not needed. I had no waiting in a waiting room full of sick people and was able to pick my prescription up right after work. Awesome!
- Patient, Presbyterian Health, 2018

“I trust SmartExam. It never gets in a hurry. It’s the same on Monday as it is on Thursday.”
- Bright.md partner provider

“My favorite thing about SmartExam is the ability to access it from anywhere with an internet connection.”
- Provider, Providence Health Systems, 2018

“SmartExam is being used by health systems to offer 24/7 access to care for more than 470 common medical conditions.”
- The Wall Street Journal, 2019


← Back to Bright Ideas Blog

May 8, 2019

Bright.md Digest: Healthcare automation, interoperability, and why men avoid going to the doctor


At Bright.md, we have a Slack channel called #newsandresources. Anyone in the company can share links to news or items of interest they found on the web. (This channel is not to be confused with #PDXplore or #cuteanimals though. There’s a place for everything at Bright.md.) What gets posted often sparks lively conversations and thoughtful insights, and we thought it might be fun to share some of those items and insights with readers of our blog.

This week, our chatter included why men avoid healthcare, how one of our partners is going all in on virtual care interoperability, and what healthcare can learn—if anything—from automation in automobile assembly lines.

The Wall Street Journal took a look at why men avoid going to see the doctor, and the healthcare industry’s efforts to change that. From doctor’s offices that double as mancaves to websites that offer discreet access to erectile dysfunction and hair loss treatments, the industry is trying a bevy of new approaches to get men in the door. (Fun bonus: Bright.md got a shout-out!)

Why Men Won’t Go to the Doctor, and How to Change that

“Interoperability” was the word on everyone’s lips at last month’s ATA conference in New Orleans. One of our health system partners, Providence St. Joseph, has spent a great deal of time and effort to ensure all of its telehealth offerings work together to provide the best experience for its patients. It was a bumpy road, but definitely one worth taking.

Creating a Telehealth Platform Means Balancing Small, Large Details

What does auto manufacturing have to do with healthcare? Plenty, it turns out. Tasks that require consistency, precision, and repetition are ripe for automation. Problem solving, critical thinking, and rapid task switching is better left to humans. Taking a cue from the article, one Bright.md mind commented, “Automate the scut work to free up your doctors to work like, well, doctors.”

Even in the Robot Age, Manufacturers Need the Human Touch


Nicole Turgeon

Learn how Bright.md's virtual care solutions can help your system manage the COVID-19 crisis and deliver high-quality care for hundreds of conditions every day.

Contact Bright.md to schedule a demo and experience the product from all perspectives.


510 SW 3rd Ave
Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204