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Creating connections with Within3

Within3 is a social networking platform built to improve active engagement across life science companies, set up to bring healthcare professionals within three connections of each other. Abi Millar speaks to Within3 CEO Lance Hill about how the company is ushering in a new era of collaboration in the medical industry.

In 1929, Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy wrote a short story inventing the idea of ‘six degrees of separation’. According to this idea, any two people can be linked to each other through six, or fewer, social connections. Everyone you know is one degree away, everyone they know is two degrees away and so on until you reach that sixth-degree connection.

The healthcare world, however, is considerably better linked than that. According to Lance Hill, CEO and founder of Within3, you can typically link two healthcare professionals within just three connections.

“This is where the name of the company came from,” he says. “If you look at a physician in Beijing and a physician in London, they’re connected within three degrees of each other based on training, medical associations and other relationships they have – their world is actually smaller.

“The idea behind Within3 was, how can we use technology to bring together the healthcare world from a communications point of view?”

Read the rest of this article in the June 2021 edition of Medical Technology

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