LifeNet Health plays a key role in the development of a national organ tracking service
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia, June 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – LifeNet Health, the federally designated organization for organ procurement (OPO) that facilitates organ donation and transplantation throughout Virginia, works 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 the UNOS Organ Tracking Service, LifeNet Health volunteered to provide critical feedback while using the service to monitor valuable donor organs in its Virginia service area to ensure they arrive safely at transplant hospitals. He was one of 15 of the country’s 57 OPOs to participate in the pilot phase.
“This program allows us to use technology to know even more precisely where an organ is located at any point in its journey from the donor to the transplant center,” said Todd Hubler, Vice President and General Manager of LifeNet Health OPO. “This provides additional certainty that the gifts entrusted to us are safely and efficiently transported to patients waiting for a second chance to lead healthy lives.”
While a transplant team accompanies many organs on the journey, some organs, such as the kidneys, are transported by secure commercial and medical carriers. For them, the tracking system provides an additional layer of assurance that the organ is safely on its way.
UNOS is now offering the service to all OPOs after more than a year of developing, testing and improving the service based on direct feedback from OPOs who participated in the test. The UNOS organ tracking service uses GEGO’s Internet of Things (IoT) technology and is integrated with the systems OPOs already use to package and label organs for transport and hospitals use to display organs available to their patients. .
“We have built this service around the needs of organ procurement organizations that are responsible for transporting recovered organs to their service area,” said the UNOS Labs program manager. Casey Humphries. The involvement of OPOs has ensured that the service integrates seamlessly into their processes while meeting the needs of transplant centers and their patients.
LifeNet Health’s participation in the testing program demonstrates its commitment to leveraging technology to improve the way it meets the needs of patients and hospitals. “We are proud to work closely with UNOS and other OPOs to further strengthen the way organs are transported,” said Rony thomas, President and CEO of LifeNet Health, which has facilitated a record number of transplants in Virginia for each of the past three years. “This initiative reflects the teamwork and collaboration that donation and transplantation require, as well as our collective commitment to be diligent stewards of these donations by continually improving the way we work.”
As a mission-driven non-profit organization that works with the organ donation and transplant community to save lives through transplantation, UNOS is solely focused on making more life-saving transplants available. , in a safe and fair manner, to patients in need. “Providing organ procurement and transplant professionals with the tools to work more efficiently and save more lives is at the heart of our business,” said Humphries.
About LifeNet Health
LifeNet Health helps save lives, restore health and give hope to thousands of people every year. It is the world’s most trusted provider of transplant solutions – from organ procurement to bio-implants and cell therapy – and a leader in regenerative medicine, while always honoring donors and healthcare professionals. that allow healing. For more information on LifeNet Health, visit www.lifenethealth.org.
About the UNO
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the not-for-profit, non-profit organization that serves as the country’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ harvesting organizations and thousands of volunteers dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and making life-saving transplants possible for patients in need. . By working together, we harness data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplants performed, and ensure equitable access for patients across the country. at the transplant.
SOURCE LifeNet Health