In keeping with our mission to heighten public awareness of MS and promote understanding for those diagnosed with the disease, the MSF has joined the robust network of expert content partners at Sharecare, an online provider of health and wellness information.
The partnership between MSF and Sharecare enables a greater number of people with MS, their families and caregivers, support group members, and the general public to have online access to credible, trusted information about the disease. Numerous experts from the MSF will share their knowledge related to the daily challenges people with MS face, including symptom management, employment issues, diet and exercise, and insurance and money matters.
Launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta,Ga., Sharecare's mission is to greatly simplify the search for high-quality healthcare information and answer the world's questions of health. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, HSW International, Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the Sharecare interactive social Q & A platform allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. The company's innovative approach provides a wide array of expert answers to each question ranging from hospitals to MDs to non-profits to healthcare companies to active health consumers, ultimately creating a community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.
"We are very pleased to be a part of this new strategic partnership with Sharecare. It will serve to broaden the scope of the MSF's distribution of vital information about multiple sclerosis to the benefit of the global MS community," said Jules Kuperberg, co-executive director of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Though there are more than 400,000 people in the United States suffering from MS, it is often misdiagnosed due to similar symptoms with other diseases, as well as the infrequency of those symptoms and the unfamiliarity of MS in the healthcare professional community.
"It is essential for people to have easy access to accurate health information so that they can better take care of themselves and their loved ones," said Donna Hill Howes, RN, MS, senior vice president, Sharecare. "That's why our partnership with the MSF marks another important milestone for Sharecare, as thousands of people will be able to find reliable answers and information regarding multiple sclerosis."
Visit the MSF's page on Sharecare.com at http://www.sharecare.com/group/multiple-sclerosis-foundation.