Don Ward Hackett
Don Hackett entered the traditional news industry selling the Philadelphia Bulletin back when Wilt Chamberlain played for the 76ers and began reading the digital edition of the Mercury News in 1982. Don currently serves as the publisher for the Precision Vax information network, which is focused on vaccine information. Since 1989, Don has helped launch several digital health companies (drKoop.com, Mirixa, Digital Pharmacists, etc.) focused on medication & vaccine information management.
Additionally, Don deployed the first pharmaceutical-sponsored digital advertising network, enabled doctor-to-pharmacy prescription transactions in New Jersey, and filed patents for digital clinical trial recruitment and drug interaction in the 1990s. In the mid-1990s, Don worked with the federal task force that drafted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Since 2016, Don has focused on empowering pharmacists with digital tools and fact-checked content to reduce the cost of care while enabling people to live healthier lives.
'We believe vaccine information should be based on unbiased scientific research and published in a 'positive' voice, with a neutral industry 'tone,' encouraging patient-provider conversations to reduce over-and-under vaccinations.'
Industry Activities: Association of Health Care Journalists; Texas e-Health Alliance; University of Texas College of Pharmacy; and Precision Medicine.
U.S. government: Initially presented to the U.S. FDA in 1990; and have attended most VERPAC digital meetings and have attended in-person and digital U.S. CDC ACIP meetings throughout the pandemic.