Dave Thomas is Java programmer for Partners In Health (PIH)/ Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) who has been lead software architect, manager, and technical implementer for an OpenMRS-based medical records system in rural Rwanda for 2+ years, for a catchment area of almost a million people. In addition, PIH is partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of Health to build a national-level outpatient OpenMRS implementation, and Dave has contributed both software applications and expertise to this project. Before Rwanda, Dave build a custom OpenMRS implementation to track 27,000 participants in a prospective tuberculosis contact-tracing study in Lima, Peru, and was the original author of the OpenMRS MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant tuberculosis) module. Prior to PIH, David built and implemented an application that standardised and consolidated all waiting lists for subsidised childcare in San Francisco, California including all SFUSD (the public school district) programs, giving parents greater choice and access to available programs.
Dave has a Master in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases from the Yale University School of Public Health and has recently returned to San Francisco from Rwanda to start a family.