Sharing Care With Our Military
By Jeff Arnold, CEO and Chairman
Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with U.S. Army Medical Director Lieutenant Colonel Daniel T. Johnston, MD, during the Meet the Innovators keynote at the 2014 Accountable Care & HIT Strategies Summit. While on that stage, I was reminded that one of the greatest honors of my career has been helping our military improve their health and, literally, be all they can be. What you may not know about Sharecare is that our team was enlisted by the Department of Defense to help LTC Johnston create an online wellness platform that would enable the agency to assess, manage and improve the health of active duty Soldiers and Army civilians. The result is ArmyFit: a platform maximizing digital engagement and fostering behavioral change through tailored content and interactive tools. Little did I know, we were just getting started helping the military explore new ways to live their healthiest lives.
In fact, just this week, the President’s Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition recommended that service members and their families use a free, secure online platform called UltimateMe to help them lead healthier and more active lifestyles. I’m humbled to say that the Sharecare team helped develop this platform for Operation Live Well, as part of the Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative, which aims to help service members, their spouses and retirees to live their healthiest lives.
While the health needs of a specific population – like the U.S. Army or even a military family – may be unique, we all need resources to inspire us to make better, healthier choices. It’s my privilege to do that for our military community, as well as each and every one of you who use Sharecare.