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About: Jack

Jack Barrette
WEGO Health was created by Jack Barrette, a former Yahoo! executive focused on lifestyles, health and medicine. At Yahoo!, and throughout his career in healthcare, Jack has seen millions of people struggle to find credible, useful health information online. WEGO Health was born as a result of these experiences. Jack lives in Boston with his beloved wife and terriers. He believes fervently in giving back to the community through his non-profit work, and also in the health benefits of good wine.

Posts by Jack:

For Corinna

As a CEO who has seen his share of decades pass, with a WEGO Health team that’s stronger and closer than ever, I can begin to believe that I am ready for just about anything. Then this news, 2 days ago on Facebook:   It is with deep sadness that we deliver this news on…

How Facebook’s News Feed Changes Will Affect Patient Influencers

  POV Whitepaper by Jack Barrette, CEO & Founder, WEGO Health   Marketers are scrambling to find out how the recent Facebook news feed algorithm change is playing out for marketers and Patient Influencers. The data, so far, is compelling – and it’s a dramatic shift. I created a short whitepaper to help explain – POV:…

Patient Influencers See a Boost from Facebook News Feed Changes

POV by Jack Barrette, CEO & Founder, WEGO Health   What has changed?   Mark Zuckerberg announced in January that Facebook changed its algorithm to promote more personal content over content created by publishers and brands. Zuckerberg wrote, "As we roll this out, you'll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media.…

For Jack: Remembering A Remarkable Man

Jack Whelan stopped by WEGO Health’s Boston headquarters this summer, on August 15th to be exact. We’d been meaning to spend some real one-on-one time for years; it seemed we were always in a group, changing the world with fellow advocates. Uncharacteristically, Jack was persistent – he wanted to set a date, he made sure…

The Health Innovation Hyperloop Is Here: FDA, Freelance Experts, and Fab Labs

For those who are weary of reading, and writing, about healthcare’s glacial pace of innovation, 2017 is delivering a bolus shot of hope and excitement.   The Big Bang While you’ve heard of the Big Bang Theory, what you probably haven’t heard of is 2017’s big bang; after so many decades of “someday,” the age…

Fake News in Healthcare Can Be Quite Dangerous in Facebook’s Health Communities

As Facebook hires 3,000 more foot soldiers to fight fake news in healthcare, they join a battle against dangerously bad online health information that’s been raging for years. But now at the front lines, they’ll find reinforcements: volunteer consumer watchdogs on a mission to protect the chronically ill or the newly diagnosed from bogus claims…
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