Donald Jones

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Donald Jones serves as an independant board member for health related companies. He sits or chairs multiple Fortune 1000 Digital Health Advisory Boards. He advises on digital heath, digital therapeutics and technology enabled services. He is globally recognized for his expertise.

For eleven years, Mr. Jones served as Qualcomm’s Vice President, Wireless Health Global Strategy and Market Development and founded Qualcomm’s digital health subsidiary.  In 2011, working with the XPRIZE Foundation, he conceived the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE for a consumer device capable of making multiple medical diagnosis. He was Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, which merged in July 2016 with HIMSS PCHA, forming the largest global connected health trade, standards, scientific and professional organization. Mr. Jones is widely asked to speak to audiences. Engagements have included the Milken Institute, Sanofi Board and Executive Committee, Genentech Senior Executive Committee, ResMED Board, JSR Executive Committee, J&J Innovations Master Class, Health Evolution Summit, Rutberg Wireless Influencers, IMEC, BIO, BioVISION, MIT Emtech, the MEMS Industry Group, MedMarc, 340B Coalition, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee, the NIH Directors Leadership Meeting and the world’s largest trade show, CES. He has been a member of the Milken Institute Advisory Committee on Biomedical Innovation.

In 2005, he founded the Wireless Life Science Alliance (WLSA) Convergence Summit, hosted by the CEO of Qualcomm and the Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson. In 2010, WLSA launched the NIH based Scientific Conference Wireless Health, the first academic symposium on Wireless Health. Jones was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Digital Health.  He is on the boards of MIO Global, TheEasyG, Sentrian, Trice Imaging and the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, and from 2009 to 2014, the American Telemedicine Association. In 2014, he was named to the Roche Product Development Innovations Advisory Board. Since 2010, he has been on the Sanofi Consumer Products Innovations Board and in 2012, the Genentech/Roche Trials 2 Patients Advisory Board.

Jones was a founding board member of the West Wireless Health Institute (now West Health Institute) with the renowned, Eric Topol, MD and philanthropists, Gary and Mary West, raising over $130M.  In 2010, the San Diego Transcript named Jones one of San Diego’s Top Influential ‘s and Fierce Health IT named Jones ‘One of 10 Disruptive Forces in Health IT’. In 2014 EvoNexus named Jones ‘Wireless Health Innovator of the Year’.


Jones has spent over 30 years developing, founding and growing mobile healthcare enterprises.  He served as chief operating officer of MedTrans (now American Medical Response), growing from $4.5 million to over $1 billion, into the world’s largest emergency medical services provider and physician practice, EMCARE.  Jones was founder and Chairman of EMME, Mexico’s largest member-based subscription health service, and one of the largest medical groups in Latin America.  He was senior vice president of marketing & strategy for HealthCap, a venture capital backed startup, which became the second largest provider of women’s health in the US.  He was founder of OnCall Medicine, a pioneer in modern medical house calls.  Jones has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions with the MedTrans, AMR EMS and EMCARE emergency physician industry rollups, involving more than 130 acquisitions (now Envision Health, EVHC NASDAQ).

In the early 1980’s, he developed the $3 billion critical care transport sector. During the mid 80′s and into the 90′s he won billions of dollars of multi-year EMS contracts throughout the US. In the mid 1990’s he developed AMR’s healthcare call center strategy, American Medical Pathways.  Jones is a founding advisor of Golden Hour Data Systems, an information technology and revenue cycle management company, managing over $2B in aero-medical revenue.  In 1998, the Director of the US National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration asked Jones to co-author the Federal Government’s EMS Implementation Guide for the Future.  In 2000, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services named Jones ‘One of the 20 Most Influential People in EMS’.

Jones has been a guest lecturer at the UCSD Rady, USC Marshall, USC Keck School of Medicine Center for Body Computing, UCLA Anderson, UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation, Singularity University, Carnegie Mellon, the London School of Business, the Keck Graduate Institute at the Clairemont Colleges, and the Case Western University School of Engineering. He co-founded a physician masters degree programs in wireless health at The Scripps Research Institute (with STSI) and a master isn wireless health for engineers at Case Western Reserve University. Jones holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Jones has multiple issued and pending patents in the use of wireless technologies in healthcare.