Founded in 2009, Sharecare is an interactive social QA platform created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications.
Sharecare is designed to greatly simplify the search for quality healthcare information and provide consumers with the necessary tools to make smart health choices and live healthier lives. Our mission is to answer the world’s questions of health and achieve a collective wisdom by developing a comprehensive database of all of the questions of health and wellness and actively recruiting industry experts to answer them. Leading physicians, nurses, hospitals, clinics, authors, healthcare companies and non-profits connect, interact and share their collective expertise encouraging consumers to ask, learn and act upon questions of health.
We are dedicated to providing consumers with information they can trust and connecting them with industry experts and other knowledgeable consumers in order to educate, empower and continue the conversations of health.
|Sharecare has acquired health social network Dailystrength from HSW International, one of the founders of Sharecare. Other founders involved with Sharecare: Discovery Communications (NSDQ: DISCA), Harpo Productions, Sony (NYSE: SNE) Pictures Television, WebMD (NSDQ: WBMD) founder and Discovery’ Chief of Global Digital Strategy Jeff Arnold, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, health expert and host of “The Dr. Oz Show”. As part of the deal, HSW is contributing its health social net service DailyStrength to the venture, a site it acquired late last year for up to $6.6 million. From the SEC filing made this morning by HSW, the latest deal with sell DailyStrength to Sharecare includes an ear-out payment of $3.25 million, among others.
HSW International is developing Sharecare’s customizable social QA platform and will manage the website, Sony Pictures Television will sell the ads. Jeff Arnold, who has taken an expanded role at Discovery as Chief of Global Digital Strategy and HowStuffWorks.com Chairman Emeritus, will also become Chairman and Chief Architect of Sharecare. Dr. Oz is putting together a coalition of expert doctors, hospitals and practitioners, to answer users’ health questions. The site is also working with Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, among others. Initial sponsor is Dove. Of course, there’s tons of competition in the health content space, from WebMD, EverydayHealth and many others.