Sharecare Launches 3D Virtual Human Body Platform on HTC VIVE
ATLANTA and AUSTIN, Texas (September 28, 2017) – Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, today announced the launch of YOU, its proprietary software platform that gives healthcare providers, educators, students and patients unprecedented visual context to discuss and accurately simulate healthy organ and system function, as well as disease, and therapy. Available starting today on Viveport, the HTC VIVE™’s global VR app store, Sharecare founders Jeff Arnold and Mehmet Oz, MD announced the launch of the free app during today’s closing keynote at Workforce Strategy 2017: Engaging For Change, a National Business Group on Health (NBGH) conference.
“At Sharecare, our mission is rooted in empowering everyone, no matter where they are on their health journey, to live their best lives, and we believe that technologies like virtual reality can move that idea forward exponentially,” said Arnold, who also serves as Sharecare’s chairman and CEO. “Over the last year, HTC Vive has been an incredible partner as we have realized our vision to set the standard for visual health by creating the Google Maps of the human body. We’re excited to put the power of our YOU platform into people’s hands through Vive, and foster education, excitement and empathy as we help people truly understand what’s happening inside their own bodies.”
Available today in virtual reality on HTC Vive, YOU by Sharecare facilitates the personalization of medicine and health by empowering users to freely navigate an anatomically and functionally accurate 3D model of a virtual human body and its individual organs, in real-time with unparalleled medical accuracy. In addition to exploring 3D animations and realistic visual effects revealing how organs and systems actually work, YOU by Sharecare includes the ability to personalize physiological functions (such as heart rate), severity of disease and extent of therapy; and explore 360° rotations of organs and systems. Over time, more content and features will be released into the platform, which soon will be available on multiple devices.
“VR has a tremendous potential to reframe how patients learn about both their body and medical conditions,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM US, VIVE. “With YOU, Sharecare has paired both health and education to deliver an entirely new way to learn about the human body – from within. At Vive, we couldn’t be more excited to see how this begins to reshape medical education.”
Starting today, YOU by Sharecare will be available to demo at your local Microsoft Store on HTC Vive, powered by Windows 10. Customers in Austin will also have the chance to meet Dr. Oz at Microsoft Store at The Domain from 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. CT, where he will meet with customers, and provide them with one-on-one demonstrations of the virtual reality experience.
To learn more about YOU by Sharecare, including future release dates for additional devices and platforms, go to www.sharecare.com/YOU.
Sharecare is the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place. The Sharecare platform provides each person – no matter where they are in their health journey – with a comprehensive and personalized health profile where they can dynamically and easily connect to the information, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need to live their healthiest, happiest and most productive life. In addition to providing individual consumers with direct access to award-winning and innovative frictionless technologies, scientifically validated clinical protocols and best-in-class coaching tools, Sharecare also helps providers, employers and health plans effectively scale outcomes-based health and wellness solutions across their entire populations. To learn more, visit www.sharecare.com.
About HTC VIVE
VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. Delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, Vive has created the strongest ecosystem for VR hardware and software, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike. The Vive ecosystem is built around the best VR hardware in market, supported by Vive X, a $100 million accelerator for VR and related technology start-ups, Viveport, a global platform and app store for VR that operates in more than 30 countries, and Vive Studios, its VR content development and publishing initiative.
For more information on Vive, please visit https://www.vive.com.