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Who is WEGO Health?

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills and insights of Patient Leaders.

We are the world’s largest network of over 100k Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Our network collaborates with pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, agencies, consultancies, startups and all types of organizations across healthcare.

WEGO Health offers enterprise and on-demand solutions that allow organizations to leverage the patient experience and expertise in the design, development and promotion of their products and services.

Jack Barrette
CEO & Founder

WEGO Health's Story - by Jack Barrette

While I was at Yahoo!, it was at that time the most-trafficked website in the world, with over 130 million unique users every month. But at the start, Yahoo! had only the eighth-largest health presence, and I helped lead the teams that set out to catch WebMD in the top spot. We got to number two behind WebMD, but along the way I made a discovery that’s inspired my work ever since – and the founding of WEGO Health.

I discovered Patient Leaders - who are patient advocates, health activists, health community leaders, patient influencers and patient experts.

The real aha moments came when we dug into Yahoo’s social media silos. Deep inside Yahoo Groups (a completely unstructured, unmoderated, open platform) there were not just a few health groups – there were thousands upon thousands, each steered by a passionate, unpaid, dedicated Patient Leader. Over in Yahoo Answers (think Quora without rules), there were thousands more Patient Leaders showing up time after time as “top answerer,” voted by the public as most helpful, and again, passionate about helping others.

I talked to these Patient Leaders, and the more I learned the more it became clear that these were the generals of the patient revolution… and the greatest untapped force for change in healthcare.

So thanks to some visionary investors, I left a terrific team at Yahoo!, and started WEGO Health. More than 10 years later, WEGO Health is the proud home of over 100,000 patient advocates, influencers and experts, transforming healthcare every day.


Why should healthcare companies collaborate with Patient Leaders?

By connecting healthcare companies with our network of over 100k Patient Leaders, we aim to drive innovation and positive change in the industry. We work with healthcare companies of all types in order to incorporate the patient perspective and expertise into every stage of the product life cycle.

Through our Patient Leader insights and marketing campaign services, and through our on-demand Experts platform, we enable healthcare companies to effectively collaborate with Patient Leaders. The companies that do this are the companies that prioritize patient engagement and are likely to deploy solutions to market that healthcare consumers will adopt and use.

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What is the Patient Leader Network?

Patient Leaders are the most visible and trusted health consumers. They raise awareness, share information and support their communities. Our Patient Leader Network includes more than 100k patients and caregivers, across virtually all health conditions and topics. It’s comprised of health advocates, influencers and experts ready to transform healthcare by sharing their insights and expertise.

Through WEGO Health’s Patient Leader Network, our members gain access to paid opportunities and exclusive resources to help solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

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