Sharecare Named “2013 Emerging Company of the Year” by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) at 4th Annual Health IT Leadership Summit
ATLANTA, November 12, 2013 – Sharecare, the online health and wellness engagement platform founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold, was named the “2013 Emerging Company of the Year” by the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) at the 4th annual Health IT Leadership Summit today. CEO and Chairman Jeff Arnold, who was the keynote speaker, received the prestigious Phoenix Award, which recognizes companies and individuals who embody strength, tenacity and leadership in the healthcare information technology industry.
“He’s doing it again! First WebMD and now Sharecare, Jeff Arnold and his team see Atlanta as the best place to start and grow a health IT company, further solidifying Atlanta as the nation’s health IT capital. Keep an eye on this company, it’s a game changer,” said David Hartnett co-founder of the Health IT Leadership Summit and Vice President, Bioscience & Health IT Industry Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber.
The Phoenix Award was given in four categories this year: Startup Company of the Year, Emerging Company of the Year, Community Leader of the Year and University Advancement of the Year.
The awards, given annually in conjunction with the Health IT Leadership Summit, recognize excellence in individuals and companies. The awards were created by MAC in recognition of the major role the health IT industry plays in Georgia’s economy. The health IT industry in Georgia leads the nation with more than 250 companies and over 30,000 jobs. The nine top Atlanta health IT companies report more than $4 billion in annual revenue.
The Health IT Leadership Summit was founded in 2010 by three organizations to support the growth of the health IT industry: the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Health.
The Summit ranks as one of the nation’s premier health IT events, with more than 500 business leaders, healthcare providers, and public and private organizations in attendance each year.
Sharecare is a health and wellness social engagement platform that helps people to live healthier lives by connecting them to personalized resources including high-quality information from national experts, interactive tools and local healthcare providers. The power behind the site is its groundbreaking and popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of America’s top experts—greatly simplifying the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.