raises $1 million for doctor-patient communication tool

By Aditi Pai

Bright.mdPortland, Oregon-based raised $1 million in a round led by Seven Peaks Ventures with participation from Portland Seed Fund and Oregon Angel Fund. This brings the company's total funding to at least $1.1 million., which was founded in January 2014, has developed a software system that connects patients with their physicians when they have a health concern. Patients can access the system, called SmartExam, online or from their mobile device.

When patients log in to, they are prompted to answer a set of questions about their condition, select their pharmacy, and enter their insurance or billing information.

At that point, the patient's physician gets an alert on their account that the patient is waiting for care. Physicians can see all the data that the patient entered and the patient's answers to's background questions. then sends patients the doctor's after visit summary, sends the prescription, if needed, to the pharmacy, and schedules a follow-up office visit for the patient. The whole process, said, takes about two minutes for the physician.