Eric Woods Founder & CEO Switchboard
Eric Woods is the CEO & Founder of Switchboard, a nonprofit that uses mobile phones to create nationwide networks of health workers in African countries.
In partnership with Vodafone & MTN, Switchboard has established a free nationwide calling network for every doctor in Ghana & Liberia. With over 4 million calls, physicians have been working together to improve patient care countrywide. While doctor-to-doctor calls are free, paid calls to friends and family have generated over $1.5 million in revenue for our telecom partners.
In Tanzania, only 6,505 medical & clinical officers manage all rural health centers - the main points of care for 45 million people. These isolated health workers are unable to seek advice from 2,500 urban doctors or receive government support.
Switchboard, Vodacom and Tanzania Ministry of Health are creating a free nationwide calling network for all doctors, medical and clinical officers in Tanzania. These 9,000 practitioners will form the largest network of health workers in the developing world, with nearly every facility connected.
Before leading Switchboard, Eric was the COO & Co-Founder of Economedics, a medical device start-up that designed a rugged, low-cost, power-generating pulse oximeter for the developing world. With a degree in Bioengineering from UC San Diego and a term as an engineering Project Manager at the medical device company DJO, Eric is now happy to label himself as a social entrepreneur.
Eric was a Pop! Tech Fellow & Rainer Arnhold Fellow in 2012 and one of the Top 11 Innovators in mHealth in 2011.