SHARECARE.COM IS AN INTERACTIVE Q & A PLATFORM DEDICATED TO PROVIDING CONSUMERS WITH DIVERSIFIED, TRUSTWORTHY ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS OF HEALTH FROM THE COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE OF LEADERS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY
(Atlanta, GA – October 7, 2010) – Today, at the Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, internet entrepreneur Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, a leading cardiac surgeon, health expert, and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications launched Sharecare.com, an innovative platform that provides a simple, easy way for consumers to get high quality answers to the questions of health, provided by trusted experts.
The power behind Sharecare is the collective wisdom that comes from questions and answers reflecting the multiple perspectives of healthcare and industry experts. Sharecare allows doctors, nurses, hospitals, non-profits, leading brands, and healthcare experts to engage with each other and consumers in transparent conversations about health. Sharecare’s initial content contributors include prestigious organization such as AARP, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
Sharecare’s unique approach goes beyond existing health information sites by bringing together all facets of health and wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social. To accomplish this, Sharecare is working with organizations such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine for fitness information, to Google Health that provides expertise in electronic health records to Arianna Huffington on the importance of being fearless.
By bringing together the full spectrum of healthcare experts on an expert social Q & A platform to facilitate conversations about health, Sharecare is creating an environment that will foster innovation within the healthcare community.
The site is inviting, easy-to-use and is designed to be accessible from any device, from smart phones to tablets to desktops. The dynamic home page features timely and relevant health and wellness topics. The site also includes geo-targeting functionality and with the participation of local leading hospitals such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Mount Sinai Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital allows Sharecare users to engage with local medical experts.
“Sharecare’s mission is to become a trusted resource for accurate, multi-perspective and high quality answers to questions of health, and we are actively expanding our already impressive roster of prestigious institutions, hospitals, physicians, non-profits, professional societies and leading brands in the healthcare industry to provide answers,” said Jeff Arnold, chairman and chief architect of Sharecare. “We are particularly grateful to our existing partners, and encourage other experts to participate in the development of a shared wisdom on health and wellness on Sharecare. Working together, there is no limit to the magnitude and breadth of healthcare expertise that will be available to consumers and with today’s launch, Sharecare can begin to evolve into the leading resource for answers to questions of health and wellness.”
“As a doctor, I am excited to be included amongst industry leadership on Sharecare’s platform. Not only does Sharecare give consumers the tools to live healthier lives but by bringing together healthcare thought leadership into a single community, it has the potential to foster an environment of innovation within the industry,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, Host of “The Dr. Oz Show.” “I am excited to harness the power of the Internet to bring everyone into an engaging discussion on how to take control of your own health destiny, encompassing emotional, spiritual as well as the physical aspects.”
Founded in 2009 and based in Atlanta, GA, Sharecare’s mission is to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world’s questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the Sharecare interactive social Q & A platform allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. The company’s innovative approach provides a wide array of expert answers to each question ranging from hospitals to MDs to non-profits to healthcare companies to active health consumers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.