RareShare was co-founded by David Isserman and Eric Steel in early 2008 on the idea that there is a better way to bring together patients, families and healthcare professionals to share knowledge and personal experiences about rare medical disorders.
While rare disorders may seem to impact only a small portion of the population, together they affect over 30 million individuals in the United States and Europe alone.
Due to the comparably low level of occurrences of individual rare disorders, there is often a lack of information and support for patients and their families. Our communities are designed for people to share experiences, explore treatment options and find support among others affected by the same disorders.
David Isserman is an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for building companies. Over the years, David has amassed a broad range of knowledge working in the technology, consumer products, retail, biotech, and public relations industries. Prior to founding RareShare, David founded Isserman Consulting, a successful communications and strategy consultancy that advised early-stage companies. Before that, he was a co-founder of The Selling Block, a company specializing in asset liquidation for businesses, which he sold in 2006. David holds a Bachelor’s in Business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School in New York.
Eric Steele’s background centers around the financing and operations of high growth technology firms. Prior to RareShare, Eric founded ForePoint Networks, a wireless internet service provider delivering high-speed connectivity throughout rural Indiana. Eric has extensive experience working with angel and venture investors and has assisted in closing multiple rounds of financing in both management and consulting roles. Eric is actively involved in the community and sits on numerous boards ranging from entrepreneurship to community outreach.
Dr Amir Hannan is a full time General Practitioner at Haughton Thornley Medical Centres in Hyde and a founding member of the Records Access Collaborative having enabled all his patients to be able to have full access to GP held records via the internet if they wish for over three years. Over 600 patients of his are now accessing their GP records this way. He has helped to develop a practice website, www.htmc.co.uk, which supports patients, clinicians and managers in a world where information and services can be made available for patients and their families.
He is the Information Management &Technology lead for NHS Tameside and Glossop (formerly known as Tameside & Glossop PCT), having recently stepped down as Clinical Governance lead and as a Professional Executive Committee (PEC) member. He is also a member of the local Care Record Development Board supporting patients, clinicians and managers to understand how personal health information can be shared across a health and social care setting and to promote best practice by combining local expertise with national and international experience and knowledge. He has recently become the Primary Care IT lead for NHS North-West (formerly known as North-West Strategic Health Authority) and is a member of the Map of Medicine strategy group, NHS North-West.
He is also the Greater Manchester NHS Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service clinical lead on behalf of Greater Manchester PCTs. Dr Hannan has written and lectured extensively on health informatics matters and his experience to date. He is also a member of the HealthSpace Reference Panel (www.healthspace.nhs.uk) as well as the National Clinical Reference Panel for the Summary Care Record within NHS Connecting for Health (www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk). He is a member of the Clinical Leaders Network (www.cln.nhs.uk); a member of the Primary Healthcare Specialist Group (www.phcsg.org), a branch of the British Computer Society; and a member of the editorial board of the “Journal of Communication in Healthcare”. He feels most patients should become eMPOWERed in order to support Real-Time Digital Medicine!
David Doherty is the Head of Business Development at 3G Doctor, an innovative mHealth startup based in Ireland. Following studies in Medicine at University College Hospital in London, David began to research and design a remote care solution that would provide patients with a means of private and economical access to the attentions of a registered Doctor. The rapid adoption of 3G Video Phones in the UK and Ireland has created this new point of care for more than 8 million patients.
3G Doctor provides a service to the public offering informed consultations with registered Doctors using 3G Video Mobiles. 3G Doctor also provides free tools that help patients securely create, manage and share their important health information using their mobile phone.