Jon Payne joined Vital Wave in 2016, bringing substantial mHealth and eHealth expertise, technical skills, and hands-on implementation experience. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in designing and launching new mHealth interventions in low-resource environments, and a strong advocate for interoperability and the effective use of standards.
Prior to joining Vital Wave, Mr. Payne served in a variety of positions in the mHealth and eHealth arena, including as founder and director of the Open Concept Lab, a multi-organization partnership that seeks to promote data use and lower barriers to the effective use of health terminology and indicators. He recently served as Senior Technical Advisor to the ICT for Saving One Million Lives initiative in Nigeria for the UN Foundation/mHealth Alliance, which led to the creation of a country-owned eHealth strategy. Earlier, Mr. Payne led mHealth projects for Partners in Health in Haiti, Rwanda, and Mexico and for D-tree International in India and Tanzania.
Mr. Payne studied health systems engineering and global health at Vanderbilt and Harvard University, respectively. He has worked as an adjunct instructor at Boston University’s School of Public Health.