Chief Digital Officer, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Donald Jones is a globally recognized leader in digital medicine, digital therapies, technology enabled health services and virtual-first healthcare delivery. As a senior executive he built two of the largest, nationwide healthcare service companies in the US, serving tens of millions annually. He is a sought out as a speaker, advisor and board member. Over the last 40 years he has worked with over 65 companies in pharmaceutical, medical device, wearable, smart apparel, material science and healthcare. He is a founder and Operating Partner of Takeda Digital Ventures (TDV) and sits as an independent director on boards of VC and PE backed companies. Don has advised the boards and executive suites of many of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies including Dexcom, Resmed, Cepheid, Sanofi, Teva, Astra Zeneca, Genentech, Otsuka, Novo Nordisk and the Verily/Sanofi joint venture, Onduo. He is a Senior Advisor with both McKinsey & Co. and the GLG Institute.
Jones serves as Chief Digital Officer of the Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI), collaborating with the renowned Eric Topol, MD, where they co-founded Scripps Digital Medicine, the world’s first digital health clinical trial center, a Master's Program in DigitalMedicine and the non-profit West Health Institute, raising over $130 million for its launch. In early 2020, Don founded IMPACT, the Virtual First Healthcare Provider Collaboration, in partnership with the Digital Medicine Society (DiME).
In 2002, Don joined Qualcomm and led its Wireless Health Global Strategy and founded its healthcare subsidiary. In 2005 he founded the international Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, merging it with HIMSS in 2016. Earlier in his career, Don was COO of MedTrans (re-namedAMR), in which he was instrumental in growing from $4.5 million into the largest emergency services provider in the world (now Global Medical Response), with over 38,000 EMS personnel, 8000 ambulances and 550 medical aircraft. He was Founder and Chair of EMME, Mexico's largest consumer membership healthcare provider and largest private practice, with over 450 physicians. As advisor to the Board of AMR, he helped build the largest medical group in the US, under the EmCare brand (now Envision Healthcare), with over 28,000 physicians. In2014, EvoNexus recognized Donald Jones as Digital Health Innovator of the Year. Don conceived the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a global competition for a consumer device which successfully makes medical diagnoses. The XPRIZE was awarded in Hollywood in April 2017.
Donald is a stimulating speaker who is spreading the word on the promise and potential of digital and wireless medicine and providing key advice to potential players. He has given keynotes and presentations to healthcare, pharmaceutical, healthcare payer, government, and medical device audiences, as well as semi-conductor audiences. He also speaks to general audiences about the future of health care. He has also been a guest lecturer at numerous universities and forums around the world.
CommNexus recognized Donald Jones as 2014 Digital Health Innovator of the Year
The San Diego Transcript named Jones one of San Diego’s Top Influentials in 2010
Fierce Health IT named Jones “One of 10 Disruptive Forces in Health IT”.
- Chief Digital Officer, Scripps Translational Science Institute, working on the convergence of genomics and wireless health
- Founder and Former CEO, Trial Fusion, developing digital heath products in partnership with pharmaceutical, medical device, food companies and others
- Co-founder, Scripps Digital Medicine, the world’s first clinical trial center focused on digital health and large data set
- Vice President, Wireless Health Global Strategy and Business Development, Qualcomm
- Founder and Chairman, Wireless Life Sciences Alliance
- Member, Milken Institute Advisory Committee on Biomedical Innovation
- Member, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Digital Health
- JD, University of San Diego
- MBA, University of California, Irvine
- BS, Biology and Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego
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