Isaac Holeman is a cofounder of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit tech company that equips health workers with digital tools to provide better care and reach more people. Since founding Medic during the fourth year of his bachelors program, Isaac and others have led the organization to produce several open source software applications and implemented over 70 digital health projects in 23 countries. Collectively these projects involve over 12,000 health workers who serve over 8 million patients. With a suitcase as head quarters, Isaac has traveled throughout East Africa to oversee Medic Mobile’s key program areas of research, product development, and implementation, ensuring that each area is in tune with the bigger picture for health systems strengthening as well as the local contexts of the places Medic works. Isaac is a 2010 Echoing Green Fellow and a 2009 Compton Mentor fellow, and Medic Mobile’s work has been covered by a variety of news outlets including The Economist, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Reuters, and The Guardian. Isaac’s own writing has been published by academic journals and conferences as well as The Oregonian, and National Geographic.
Isaac’s academic trajectory reflects a broad interest in human-centered design and global health equity. Currently a Gates Cambridge Scholar in innovation, strategy and organizational theory, Isaac also holds degrees in sociology, biochemistry & molecular biology and the liberal arts. As an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark, Isaac conducted honors thesis research in ribosome biogenesis and was named a Pamplin Fellow, the highest honor Lewis & Clark awards its students. Through a health policy project that resulted in a series of lectures for nursing students and community groups, Isaac developed an interest in the social sciences. He later conducted ethnographic research at a walk in clinic in down-town Havana, and among health workers who use mobile phones in Malawi. Isaac has lived and worked in Oregon, Holland, Guatemala, Cuba, Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa. He is a native English speaker, and is proficient in Spanish and Dutch.