This Health Startup Wants to Automate Medical Health Services

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jul 23, 2015
References: bright.md & wired
'Bright.md' is a new health startup that seeks to cut costs by automating online medical consultations. Currently, each doctor spends about 20 minutes on an online consultation. Bright.md seeks to cut this time down to 90 seconds in order to allow doctors to attend to more patients and reduce overall healthcare costs.

As part of the effort to automate medical appointments, users must first answer a series of online questions before even speaking to a healthcare professional. This initial exam collects basic data that physicians can use to provide a preliminary diagnosis and a subsequent treatment plan. However, the medical survey in only part of the consultation. After users fill out the initial questions, they will always speak directly to the doctor. If the doctor determines that the online consultation isn't adequate, they will allow the patient to schedule an in-person appointment.

The goal of the health startup is to automate the most repetitive healthcare tasks and give doctors the extra time and energy to focus on treating their patients.