As an internal medicine resident in Boston during the 1990’s, I subscribed to and read the #1 rated Berkeley Wellness Letter. It was a resource that provided me with the latest preventive health and wellness information that I could share with my patients to help them lead healthy lives. I appreciated that the experts at University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health made my job easier by collating and synthesizing medical information into thoughtful and coherent summaries. Fast forward 25 years after a career in academic medicine at Harvard and Stanford, and the evolution of the Internet and digital health, I now serve as the Chief Medical Officer of ConnectWell, a public-private partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
The ConnectWell team has developed the means to make the University’s vast Health and Wellness Publications available to more people through an engaging digital experience. Now, a wide range of companies that need a trusted source of health and wellness information can integrate the content suite into their service offering and improve the health and well-being of those they serve. We deliver current, evidence-based, and actionable health information in an engaging digital experience, anytime and anywhere someone needs it.
ConnectWell’s Digital Health & Wellness Content offering includes three content areas that work together to support total health and well-being:
The content suite is fully digitized and enables seamless integration into digital health platforms through ConnectWell’s Application Program Interface (API) and by hosting ConnectWell’s site directly on our customers’ platforms. Extensive tagging of content enables delivery of content specific to an end user’s search that is relevant to their current health conditions and wellness goals. With greater integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in medicine, the ConnectWell content can also be pushed out to users based on their specific health conditions. ConnectWell’s API has allowed numerous digital health companies to integrate and customize credible content into their product. We work closely with employers, benefits companies, health plans, health systems, telemedicine companies, population health management companies, corporate wellness programs and medical providers to integrate the content for enhanced user experience through their proprietary platforms.
The content suite is free of all advertising and industry sponsorship as would be expected from university-sourced, scientifically rigorous, and clinically current information. Content is derived from peer-reviewed medical journals and vetted scientific sources and is written by medical experts, specialists, and thought leaders in their respective fields. The articles are written in a health-literate manner for clear understanding by a wide range of users and undergo a rigorous internal review process. All content is updated annually and when new standard-of-care guidelines are published.
ConnectWell believes that the future of the healthcare industry will be one where the patient is at the center and will have the knowledge and skills to be a partner in their own care. The company plans to be a big part of this future as ConnectWell’s suite of health and wellness content provides the means to educate and empower them. In the coming years, the company is preparing to expand its content suite to include additional health conditions and wellness initiatives, providing even more content for people to make informed health decisions. Further, it also plans to expand its impact internationally.
Bio: Dr. Michael Harbour, Chief Medical Officer of ConnectWell, is a board-certified internal medicine physician who specializes in HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, and maternal-fetal health. He attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. After completing a research fellowship at the NIH and graduate medical training, he served on the faculty at both Harvard Medical School and Stanford University School of Medicine. He also earned a Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Harbour worked in Tanzania caring for HIV patients and has lectured throughout the U.S. and internationally. He worked for Merck & Co where he assisted in HIV and HCV medicine development. In addition, he has worked at the WHO in Geneva on maternal health issues and was an invited guest of President Obama to the White House for World AIDS Day. He is a recipient of the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Scholarship for Bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.