Sharecare, Cricket Wireless and ZTE USA Team Up to Provide Smart-Health for a Happier, Healthier Future
ATLANTA/LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2015 – Sharecare, a comprehensive online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, announced at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show that its award-winning app, AskMD, will be available on the new ZTE Grand X Max+, the biggest 4G LTE Android smartphone from Cricket Wireless. Designed to help people collect information about their symptoms and learn more about common causes, as well as connect them with doctors and specialists qualified to treat them, AskMD will help Cricket Wireless customers get organized around their health, enabling them to have more productive doctor visits and ultimately get better.
“From helping people understand what’s wrong with them to keeping track of their medications and finding a new doctor covered by their insurance, AskMD helps you get better care whenever, wherever and however you choose,” said Arnold, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “Now that AskMD is available to every Cricket customer who buys a ZTE Grand X Max+, it’s never been easier for consumers to create their personalized health profile with Sharecare and take control of their health.”
Using clinically proven research to help people get from wondering what could be wrong to what they can do about it, AskMD takes the guesswork out of getting better and being well. Guiding users through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account all their symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matching their answers against the latest clinical research, AskMD provides users with results that actually are relevant to them.
“Cricket Wireless is pleased to work closely with Sharecare and ZTE to provide our customers with innovative mobile health solutions,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Cricket Wireless. “As with our affordable smartphones like the ZTE Grand X Max+ and rate plans that start at $35 after $5 bill credit, Cricket Wireless strives to deliver real value to our customers.”
Additionally, AskMD has tools and information to help consumers understand more about their health day–to–day; and combined with the powerful set of features that come with the Grand X Max+, it’s never been easier for Cricket customers to get an easy- to-read presentation of their health data. For example, with the smartphone’s spacious 6” HD display and quad-core processing power, the animation and graphics in AskMD are crystal clear, literally showing users what their vitals such as height, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and other user-identified conditions, mean to their overall health.
“Smart-health represents the evolution of mobile health and a collaborative approach to providing a better connected future for everyone,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “AskMD does more than make life easier, simpler or convenient – it empowers consumers with information that could improve their lives. Providing the AskMD app on ZTE’s affordable premium devices means more people will have access to mobile health.”
AskMD also enables Cricket Wireless customers using the ZTE Grand X Max+ to:
- Simply use their voice to initiate “consultations” through voice recognition powered by Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) – a leader in voice technologies that are reinventing the relationship between people and technology
- Identify emergency situations and get directions to the closest Emergency Room.
- Organize information about symptoms quickly and easily, including a summary of results and relevant details, which can be easily accessed, printed or shared privately from the app
- Find a physician or specialist qualified to treat symptoms or condition by area map or list, which also can be filtered by insurance, specialty and distance.
- Catalog health information they might need on a daily basis, such as medications, insurance information, and contact details for all doctors and specialists
- Care for family and friends by allowing for the creation of multiple health profiles in the app
The ZTE Grand X Max+ is the next generation phablet of the popular ZTE Grand X Max. The new user experience is enhanced through upgrades such as 4G LTE CAT4, a faster Qualcomm quad-core processor, larger battery, and double the camera resolution and memory.
Beginning January 9, the ZTE Grand X Max+ will be available exclusively with Cricket Wireless in stores and online for $199.99.
Since AskMD’s initial launch in December 2013, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) has been the preferred health system sponsor for the app, providing users access to thousands of physicians affiliated with the health system’s local facilities throughout the country. HCA, which is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services and is responsible for more than 20 million patient encounters annually, has 166 hospitals and 116 surgery centers in 20 states and England. On the ZTE Grand X Max+, HCA facilities are presented in AskMD depending on the user’s location, enabling patients to connect with appropriate caregivers nearby.
The AskMD app for Android, launched on Google Play in December 2014, is optimized for Android 5.0 (Lollipop), and compatible with devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and higher. AskMD also is available for iOS on the App Store, and can be accessed via the web at www.sharecare.com/askmd.
Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that provides people with personalized resources to help them live their healthiest lives. Nearly 40 million people have shared more than 5 billion data points about their health status and habits with Sharecare, which uses that information to create a comprehensive health profile allowing users to access all of their health resources in one place and dynamically connect to the knowledge, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2010, Sharecare’s predictive and personalized platform is accessed daily by millions of consumers, including viewers of The Dr. Oz Show, patient populations of the country’s leading hospital systems and every Soldier in the United States Army.