The Balancing Act: Human Connection vs. Connectivity
By Jeff Arnold, CEO and Chairman
Media outlet Disruptor Daily – a publication that covers the companies, founders, and investors daring enough to shake things up in the tech industry – recently published their list of Top 100 Most Disruptive Companies in the World. I make a point to read lists like these as we always glean something from them – whether learning about a new innovation, gaining some inspiration or identifying a potential acquisition target. It was great to see that Disruptor Daily’s most recent list included Sharecare as one of the companies that made the cut, specifically for our virtual reality platform, which they called “perfect for use not only in healthcare settings, but also in educational settings.”
In many ways, it’s the educational aspect of what we do at Sharecare that motivates us. As our name suggests, our company is about sharing care to help people – all people – learn more about a health issue they’re facing or what they can do to live their healthiest life, and everything in between. And while I am constantly thinking about how we can use technology to achieve those goals, I learned early in my career not to get too enamored with technology, and instead focus on the human connection, on personal relationships. That’s a guiding principle that my friend Dr. Sanjay Gupta shares – in fact, just last week, he spoke about the future of healthcare and human optimization at an event hosted by our partner HMSA – and you can watch Dr. Gupta’s remarks on HMSA’s Facebook page, too.
I hope you’ll take the time to listen to Dr. Gupta’s words of encouragement and advice.