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May 8, 2019

Bright.md Digest: Healthcare automation

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

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