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Unprecedented Times Call for Unprecedented Humanity and Thoughtfulness

Is it just me or did March feel like a year and April flew by like a four-day week? I sit here on a Sunday morning in what was a… Read More

COVID-19 & Digital Health

In this time of public health crisis, we each have a responsibility and commitment to do whatever we can to keep our communities safe. Though the risk of contracting Coronavirus… Read More

Choose Your Future, Part 4: With AI: Crush Your Quadruple Aim Goals

When healthcare systems innovate with AI-driven virtual care automation, they bring needed human-to-human transformation back to a broken primary and urgent care system, and win Quadruple Aim results within six… Read More

Choose Your Future, Part 1: Wow Patients with AI

The same AI-powered technology that drives so many other mobile-friendly solutions that consumers trust to manage their daily lives can help health delivery systems “WOW” primary and urgent care healthcare… Read More

The Ladder of Care: Do Your Patients Know Where to go When They Get Sick?

When a patient isn’t feeling well, they want to get care as quickly as possible. But with primary care physician shortages, they may have to wait weeks—or even months—to see… Read More

Telehealth for Men—No Embarrassing Gowns Required

For almost as long as there have been doctors, there have been men who are reluctant to go see them. And that avoidance has real consequences. Experts speculate that the… Read More

June 26, 2020

Rates of COVID-19 cases are on the rise in 29 states. Despite hopes that summer would bring a reprieve from coronavirus and give healthcare systems time to take a few…

May 15, 2020

Is it just me or did March feel like a year and April flew by like a four-day week? I sit here on a Sunday morning in what was a…

May 6, 2020

As patients and healthcare providers have struggled to maintain access to care during the COVID-19 crisis, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has worked to ease regulations about…

March 12, 2020

In this time of public health crisis, we each have a responsibility and commitment to do whatever we can to keep our communities safe. Though the risk of contracting Coronavirus…

February 29, 2020

We’ve collected and created some of the most current and reliably sourced information to help healthcare executives and providers stay informed during the pandemic. CARES Act Support Put the CARES…

January 30, 2020

When healthcare systems innovate with AI-driven virtual care automation, they bring needed human-to-human transformation back to a broken primary and urgent care system, and win Quadruple Aim results within six…

January 28, 2020

Doctors typically go into medicine for noble reasons, but a fractured primary and urgent care system is burying physicians in a level of busy-work that’s burning them out and creating…

January 20, 2020

In today’s primary and urgent care crisis, healthcare delivery systems must act now to innovate and transform or fall behind and disappear. Learn how adoption of an AI-driven virtual care…

January 9, 2020

The same AI-powered technology that drives so many other mobile-friendly solutions that consumers trust to manage their daily lives can help health delivery systems “WOW” primary and urgent care healthcare…

December 18, 2019

Obviously, we’re big fans of technology and the promise it holds to improve healthcare for stakeholders on both sides of care. As you’ll see from the links below, we spent…

December 11, 2019

It’s the holiday season, which means there are more cookies than usual in the office (and there are usually a lot of cookies in the office), the tree is up,…

November 13, 2019

When patients are given options, they engage more with their healthcare. That's the lesson Walmart's VP of transformation Marcus Osborne espoused at HLTH 2019 last week. "The healthcare system is…

October 23, 2019

Welcome to the Halloween edition of the Bright.md Digest! As we at Bright.md HQ put the finishing touches on our costumes, stock up on candy, and bob for apples (OK,…

October 3, 2019

Guest blog post by Amanda Shelley, PA-C from Physician Assistants in Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine The explosion of telehealth offerings over the past several years has been great for patients.…

September 25, 2019

Many healthcare systems have gotten the memo: to stay competitive in today’s consumer-centric landscape by retaining and attracting patients, they must offer a convenient virtual care option to patients. In…

August 28, 2019

As we enter hurricane season, it’s worth pondering what role telehealth can play in disaster recovery. We’ve already seen some success stories, but as access to virtual care grows, so…

August 7, 2019

Senator Ron Wyden (D, OR) visited the Bright.md offices to discuss healthcare and how telehealth platforms like SmartExam can help the chronically ill. Senator Wyden architected the Chronic Care Act…

July 24, 2019

How will an aging American population impact an already overburdened healthcare system? Forbes asked three healthcare industry leaders what issues and problems they're identifying and working to solve. Why An…

July 10, 2019

When we think about EHRs and their link to physician burnout, we picture tired clinicians punching keys late at night. But a new study has found a connection between burnout…

June 26, 2019

The water cooler (i.e. Slack) conversations in the Bright.md office recently include discussions of what patients really complain about regarding their healthcare; how the town of Paradise, California, is rethinking…

June 11, 2019

Ann Mond Johnson, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, shared the top seven myths about telehealth at last week’s Telehealth19 in Atlanta. A few that we’d be happy to see…

June 5, 2019

Slack was buzzing this week with discussions about where patients are seeking primary and urgent care as PCP shortages grow, how telehealth has the potential to aid women seeking abortions…

May 28, 2019

You want your patients to get the most appropriate, affordable, and convenient care for what ails them. When it comes to low-acuity conditions, would that care be better sought in…

May 22, 2019

This week the Slack chatter at Bright.md included insights about how telemedicine lowers costs and improves rural access to healthcare, and how non-video telehealth can help in the fight against…

May 14, 2019

When a patient isn’t feeling well, they want to get care as quickly as possible. But with primary care physician shortages, they may have to wait weeks—or even months—to see…

May 8, 2019

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…

May 2, 2019

As consumerism takes hold in healthcare, patient expectations for fast, convenient, and easy tools to take care of themselves are driving huge shifts in the industry. They are also creating…

March 27, 2019

Changing regulatory and reimbursement landscapes are shifting the emphasis from volume to value. Telehealth can be the solution. But how can you be assured your telehealth vendor's clinical content is…

March 15, 2019

SmartExam is Bright.md's comprehensive direct-to-patient telehealth solution for healthcare systems that delights patients --and providers. To see how it works, you can see the patient experience of the Low Pack…

March 14, 2019

Rachelle Schultz, EdD, Winona's President and CEO, recently shared in her online column how SmartExam meets the needs of patients, providers, and the healthcare system. This offering is specifically designed…

January 3, 2019

A few months ago, I was visiting a large healthcare system and speaking to C-suite executives. The conference room we were sitting in had an expansive view that included a…

December 27, 2018

Our goal with the Bright Ideas Blog is to share our expertise in the arena of virtual care, and to give our readers thought-provoking stories on the healthcare industry. We want to…

November 15, 2018

For almost as long as there have been doctors, there have been men who are reluctant to go see them. And that avoidance has real consequences. Experts speculate that the…

November 6, 2018

If you’ve read parts one and two of this series, you should have a good grasp of (and maybe a little trepidation about) the power of women when it comes…

November 1, 2018

In part one of this series, we explored how often women make the healthcare decisions for their own health and that of their families. In this part, we’ll dig into why women’s…

October 29, 2018

As Jane Austen once noted, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a body will at some point be in want of healthcare. However, what…

September 12, 2018

Physician burnout is at a frightening all-time high. In a recent study conducted by Stanford University School of Medicine, more than half of the 6,000 surveyed physicians reported feelings of burnout,…

August 29, 2018

McKinsey recently released their latest report on healthcare consumerism, and the results—though not terribly surprising—suggest that patients-as-consumers are driving powerful changes in the healthcare industry. After gathering data from more than…

August 3, 2018

In parts one and two of this series, we learned that a lack of awareness and concerns about quality are holding many patients back when it comes to using telehealth…

July 19, 2018

In part one of this series, we learned that one big obstacle to patient adoption of telehealth and virtual visits is an issue of awareness. In this post, we’ll explore…

July 16, 2018

It’s routine. “There’s an app for that.” Who among us hasn’t uttered those words? We use our smartphones to summon rides to the airport, order takeout, and buy groceries. Conveniences…