Health Union, an online health network of communities for people living with chronic conditions, acquired WEGO Health, a social health network of patient influencers – advocates, community leaders, creators, and influencers.
Founded in 2007, WEGO Health’s Patient Leader Network connects the healthcare industry with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders across virtually all health conditions and topics. Health Union, in addition to expanding opportunities within its online health communities, the company plans to create and deliver solutions that impact all people on their health journey, from patients who passively seek health information to patient advocates and influencers who actively share health information on multiple social media platforms.
Health Union currently maintains 33 condition-specific communities – with more launching soon – that provide safe and supportive environments for people to learn, connect with others, and share life experiences with chronic health conditions.
According to Olivier Chateau, Health Union’s co-founder and CEO: “For more than ten years, both Health Union and WEGO Health have been committed to advocating for patients, in complementary ways. To me, WEGO Health joining the Health Union family represents the natural next step in the evolution of our companies, built on our shared commitment to patients and the future of social health.”
“Both companies have done a remarkable job of making their shared mission – to empower patients – the core of our successful businesses. WEGO Health and Health Union have both won awards as best places to work for our teams. We’ve each elevated the patient voice and built trust over more than a decade by staying true to our values. With the combined experience and knowledge of our two organizations, we look forward to defining the future of social health”, commented Jack Barrette, CEO, and founder of WEGO Health.
Digital health companies raised $7.2 billion in Q1 2021, according to Mercom’s Q1 2021 Digital Health Funding and M&A Report.