Our affiliate system

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. The rebranded Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health in early 2019


Feel better faster with SmartExam

Get easy, affordable access to a Palmetto Health care provider from your mobile device or computer.

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How SmartExam works

Create your SmartExam account

Just fill out the online registration form.

Complete your SmartExam

Available 24 hours a day (responses provided between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily).

Feel better

The provider will review your symptoms and get back to you within one hour.

Conditions treated with SmartExam

  • Acne
  • Bladder infection or urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Burn or sunburn
  • Cough, cold, allergy or chest infection
  • Ear pain
  • Eye pain, eye bump or irritation
  • Flu
  • Rashes and other skin conditions
  • Sexually transmitted infection exposure
  • Sinus pain or pressure
  • Sore throat
  • Yeast infection

Benefits of SmartExam


Use SmartExam anywhere at any time, no appointment needed.


Only $20 for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Safe and secure

All data, including your credit card number and health information, is protected.


Any prescriptions will be sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.


Receive high quality care from your trusted Palmetto Health providers.

Frequently asked questions

SmartExam is an online service offering the simplest, most convenient way to get care for everyday health issues.

No, you do not have to be a current patient of Palmetto Health to take advantage of this service.

We believe that your health care needs are unique. All SmartExams are reviewed by licensed Palmetto Health providers who are part of your care team. They will provide you with a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan that they've tailored to your unique symptoms and condition.

You never need to use video for a SmartExam. For some conditions, we may want to see a picture to help us understand what's going on. If needed, you can use pictures from your mobile device or your computer.

Because we want to help you feel better faster, and your doctor isn't always available at the moment that you need care, we can't guarantee that you'll be treated by your doctor. We know the trust you put in us is important. You'll always be treated by a licensed Palmetto Health provider who is part of your care team. We also always make sure that your SmartExam is part of your medical record, and that your doctor sees what care you're getting.

The cost for a diagnosis and treatment plan is $20.

Payment is easy. Just enter your credit card or debit card information. We’ll charge your card and send you a receipt. You only pay if we can treat your condition.

Yes, you can enter your HSA card number when you submit payment during checkout.

If you believe this service is covered by your insurance plan, you may submit a claim to your insurance company to pursue reimbursement. Be aware that if this is not a covered service, the cost you pay during check-out will not count toward your deductible or out-of-pocket maximum. This service is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

Never. Our goal is to help you get easy access to high quality, affordable care. If it turns out that we can't treat you through a SmartExam, then there's no charge to you. If your condition requires an in-person visit, we can help locate a provider for you at no charge.

Setting up an account is easy. After you submit your information (either online or by phone), you will receive an email within about 15 minutes that lets you know your account is active and that you can begin your SmartExam.

Once you’ve created an account, it typically takes between five and 10 minutes for patients to finish their SmartExam. Just like when you come in to the doctor’s office, we ask different questions based on your unique symptoms and condition, so the actual time it takes to finish will depend on your unique circumstances.

Yes. Your provider can order prescription medications for you if they’re needed, and send the prescriptions directly to the pharmacy of your choice.

No, you will pay for your prescription at the pharmacy.

Yes. That's one of the unique values of getting care through the SmartExam service. Unlike the care you get from some online care companies, we make sure all your care is coordinated with your overall health care needs, and it’s always included in your Palmetto Health electronic medical record.

No. To ensure your privacy and safety, each person must have a separate account using a separate email address.

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