• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Co-Founder & Research Lead, Medic Mobile

Seattle, WA
United States

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Isaac Holeman is a Clinical Assistant Professor whose research concerns digital health, human-centered design, and global health equity. Nearly a decade ago he co-founded a non-profit organization called Medic Mobile to build open source software for health workers in hard to reach communities. Today, Medic Mobile serves as technical steward of the Community Health Toolkit open source project, and supports more than 25,000 health workers who provide care for over 12 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

With support from a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Isaac completed PhD studies focused on global health and human-centered design, and he now leads Medic Mobile's research efforts. These roles at UW and Medic Mobile enable Isaac to continue his exploration of human-centered design, while also engaging a wider research network whose work addresses themes of digital health and health equity, open source/open science, community health, implementation research, human-centered data science, and precision global health. While based in Seattle, Isaac continues to conduct fieldwork and contribute to Medic’s design practice and implementation partnerships around the world.

  • BA (Lewis And Clark College)
  • MPhil (University of Cambridge)
  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Technologies
  • Implementation Science
  • Intervention Design and Management
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Enterprise and Innovation
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Holeman I, Kane D. Human-Centered Design for Global Health Equity. Information Technology for Development. In Press. Pre-print available at https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/7ZTCY

Holeman I, Johnson A, Kayentao K, Keita Y, Odindo S, Whidden C. The Case for Community Health Innovation Networks. In, Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies 2018 Jun 20 (p. 41). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3209811.3212705

Holeman I, Cookson TP, Pagliari C. Digital technology for health sector governance in low and middle income countries: a scoping review. Journal of global health. 2016 Dec;6(2). https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.06.020408

Okeke F, Nene L, Muthee A, Odindo S, Kane D, Holeman I, Dell N. Opportunities and challenges in connecting care recipients to the community health feedback loop. In, Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development 2019 Jan 4 (p. 13). ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3287098.3287111

Whidden C, Kayentao K, Liu JX, Lee S, Keita Y, Diakité D, Keita A, Diarra S, Edwards J, Yembrick A, Holeman I. Improving Community Health Worker performance by using a personalised feedback dashboard for supervision: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of global health. 2018 Dec;8(2). https://doi.org/10.7189/jogh.08.020418