By Jeff Arnold, CEO and Chairman

Today marks the start of the 33rd annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference where, each year, thousands of people descend on the Bay Area to hear top executives from the most recognizable healthcare brands in the world. While the vast majority of the companies here are publicly-traded, JP Morgan reserves a few coveted slots on their agenda for select privately-held companies to connect with industry influencers and potential investors. For the second year in a row, Sharecare has been invited to present during one of these sessions, and while our presentation isn’t until tomorrow, we have some exciting news to share today: we have entered into a strategic collaboration with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), one of the largest health systems in the country, to accelerate innovation in healthcare through the creation of new patient engagement solutions. So what does that really mean?

This year, HCA will embark on a system-wide implementation of our patient acquisition tools to help deliver even better care across their 25 million annual patient encounters. We’re also exploring ways to support wellness in the workplace and opportunities to create a joint innovation lab. Finally, in addition to making a financial investment in Sharecare, HCA is placing A. Bruce Moore, Jr., HCA’s President of Service Line and Operations Integration, on our Board of Directors, bringing experience and perspective that is both deep and wide to our fast-growing company. And what that means for you – our consumers – is that this partnership will help us develop even better, more innovative digital health solutions more quickly for you.

For over a year, we’ve worked closely with the team at HCA and witnessed first hand their commitment to excellence in care delivery, not to mention their strong belief in building a meaningful digital relationship with health consumers. Together we are uniquely positioned to meet the respective needs of consumers, employers and healthcare professionals in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment – and we couldn’t be more excited or honored that HCA has chosen Sharecare to be their digital ally.