Sharecare

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Sharecare
Sharecare.jpeg
The current logo of Sharecare
Type of business Private
Founded October 7, 2010
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Founder(s) Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz
CEO Jeff Arnold
Key people Dawn Whaley and Justin Ferrero (Co-Presidents),
Industry Digital Health
Subsidiaries DailyStrength, dotFit, The Little Blue Book, WisePatient, RealAge, PKC Corporation, BACTES, QualityHealth, Feingold Technologies, Healthways
Website www.sharecare.com

Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement platform that provides consumers with personalized information, programs and resources to improve their health. It provides personalized information to the site's users based on their responses to the RealAge Test, the company's health risk assessment tool, and offers a clinical decision support tool, AskMD. Headquartered in Atlanta, Sharecare was founded in 2010 by Jeff Arnold (founder of WebMD) and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications.[1][2]

Services[edit]

Sharecare began as an interactive question-and-answer (Q&A) platform about health [3] and then expanded its products and services through internal development and strategic acquisitions of companies including DailyStrength, dotFit, The Little Blue Book, WisePatient, RealAge, PKC Corporation, BACTES Imaging Solutions, QualityHealth, Feingold Technologies, BioLucid and Healthways.[4][5][6][7][8]

Sharecare.com is built on a social content platform curating the collective knowledge of vetted medical experts. Much of its content is contributed by organizations like AARP, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and medical professionals .[9] Questions are also answered by medical centers such as the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins.[10] The platform allows them to answer questions and engage in conversations about health.[11]

The RealAge Test is a health risk assessment which determines the biological age of a person's body based on an online questionnaire about their health status, and good and bad health habits. In January 2014, PLOS ONE published a study validating the RealAge Test as a more accurate predictor of mortality than calendar age and the Framingham Risk Score.[12]

AskMD, launched in December 2013, is a web-based application, (and a free app for iPhone and iPod touch), that helps people collect information about symptoms, learn more about causes, and find appropriate physicians. AskMD aims to help consumers get organized around their health and have a more productive doctor's visit by guiding users through a personalized questionnaire that takes into account symptoms and other factors, like medications and known conditions, and matches answers against the latest clinical research. AskMD’s clinical knowledge management system was developed through Sharecare’s acquisition of PKC Corporation, to bring evidence-based medicine to patients and providers, and enabling clinically-informed communications. It was named Best Medical App at the 4th Annual Appy Awards, and was named an official 2014 Webby Award honoree in Mobile & Apps: Health & Fitness.[13][14]

Knowledge Partners[edit]

Concerns have been raised regarding the bias of answers provided on Sharecare.com by “knowledge partners," or paid sponsors.[15] Such knowledge partners include (among others): Colgate-Palmolive; Pfizer; Unilever (Dove skin-care products); health insurer UnitedHealthcare; and Walgreens drug stores.[16] In June 2013, the American Dental Association (ADA) withdrew as a knowledge partner in response to what it considered an irresponsible attack on the "Dr. Oz Show" on the use of dental amalgam. ADA President Dr. Robert A Faiella summed up the group's reaction by stating: "As a science-based organization, we should always welcome inquiry, but we should not be seen as supporting the promotion of misleading information unsupported by the best science." [17]

Answers provided by knowledge partners are labeled to distinguish from other contributions.

Advisory Board[edit]

Sharecare's Advisory Board members provide guidance and input on matters of content, scope and evolving issues of health education for Sharecare's consumer and professional audiences. Their contributions are not limited to the area of content and editorial; they also represent Sharecare in an official capacity as media representatives, advisors, and moderators in each member's clinical specialty.

Featured Experts and Knowledge Partners[edit]

Some of the featured experts and knowledge partners found on Sharecare.com include:

See also[edit]

  • HealthTap – a mobile health platform with Q&A
  • Answers.com – a general Q&A resource
  • WebMD – a similar health care information resource

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2010-10-06). "Web Site to Offer Health Advice, Some of It From Marketers". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Mehmet Oz and Internet Entrepreneur, Jeff Arnold, Announce Sharecare Inc.,a Web 3.0 Platform, Organizing and Answering the Questions of Health". Bloomberg. November 2, 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Sharecare aims to be humble host for health apps". MobiHealthNews. 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Sharecare Announces $14 Million Growth Equity Financing Led by Galen Partners, the Acquisition of The Little Blue Book Physician Reference and Jeff Arnold to be CEO". Sharecare. 2012-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Sharecare Announces the Acquisition of RealAge". Sharecare. 2012-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Sharecare Announces the Acquisition of PKC Corporation". Sharecare. 2012-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Sharecare Announces Acquisition of BACTES". Sharecare. 2013-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Wellness platform Sharecare to buy health business from Healthways". Reuters. 2016-07-27. 
  9. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2010-10-06). "Web Site to Offer Health Advice, Some of It From Marketers". ’’The New York Times’’. 
  10. ^ Moukheiber, Zina (2010-11-16). "Names You Need To Know In 2011: Sharecare". Forbes. 
  11. ^ "Dr. Mehmet Oz and Jeff Arnold launch Sharecare.com, where experts share their knowledge with consumers". Health in 30. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  12. ^ "Prediction of Mortality Using On-Line, Self-Reported Health Data: Empirical Test of the Realage Score". PLOS ONE. 2014-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Sharecare's AskMD Wins Appy Award for Best Medical App". VentureBeat. 2014-05-23. 
  14. ^ "Mobile health apps from EHR to diabetes picked as Webby award honorees". MedCityNews. 2014-04-18. 
  15. ^ Burkitt, Laurie (2009-11-19). "WebMD Founder Matches Marketers With Consumers Who Have Health Concerns". Forbes. 
  16. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2010-10-06). "Web Site to Offer Health Advice, Some of It From Marketers". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Soderland, Kelly (2013-06-10). "ADA and Sharecare part ways". ADA News.