Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), the non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) in the metro D.C. area, is collaborating with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to improve the way organs are transported in the United States.
As a beta test participant for UNOS’ Organ Tracking Service, WRTC provided crucial feedback and improvement suggestions while using the service to monitor precious organs from donors in the area and ensure they arrive safely to transplant hospitals.
“We built this service around the needs of the organ procurement organizations who are responsible for transporting organs recovered in their service area,” said UNOS Labs Program Manager Casey Humphries. “The fact that OPOs influenced the work flow of this service is what sets it apart. It was developed and continues to evolve around what works best for them.”
“At WRTC, we believe in maximizing every lifesaving gift from every generous donor every time,” said Matthew Niles, Director of Clinical Services, WRTC. “One of our priorities is ensuring that we are good stewards of these altruistic gifts, and so we were honored to collaborate with UNOS in improving the way organs are transported to transplant centers after our clinical team recovers them for patients in need.”
UNOS is now offering the service for all OPOs after more than a year of developing, testing and improving the service based on the direct engagement, influence and feedback from 16 OPOs who participated in a nationwide pilot program. The UNOS Organ Tracking Service utilizes GEGO Internet of Things (IoT) technology and is integrated into the systems that the nation’s 57 OPOs already use to package and label organs for transport and that hospitals use to manage organ offers.
As the mission-driven non-profit organization that works with the organ donation and transplantation community to save lives through transplantation, UNOS is solely focused on making more lifesaving transplants available, safely and equitably, to patients in need. “Providing organ procurement and transplant professionals tools that enable them to work more efficiently and save more lives is at the core of what we do,” said Humphries.
WRTC works in partnership with six transplant centers and 45 hospitals to decrease the number of patients waiting for a lifesaving organ. It also educates the public about donation with the goal of increasing the number of registered donors and ultimately saving more lives. To learn more, and register to be a donor, visit BeADonor.org.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. Working together, we leverage data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplant performed, and ensure patients across the nation have equitable access to transplant.