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UNOS and Transplant Professionals Innovate Together!

UNOS and NATCO (The Organization for Transplant Professionals) held a joint innovation event during NATCO’s  2017 Annual Meeting, August 2 through 5, in St. Louis. Over the four-day meeting, volunteer representatives partnered with UNOS staff to solve data and educational gaps that weigh down transplant centers and OPOs on a daily basis.  A unique collaboration of transplant center, OPO and UNOS IT staff enabled the group to identify multiple UNetSM system enhancements. UNOS engineers created and demonstrated the enhancements, asked participants for more feedback, and adjusted accordingly.  UNOS staff also gathered additional suggestions to consider for future releases.

The first innovation event of this kind was held in October 2016, in conjunction with Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) IT, Quality and Education councils and was a huge success based on attendee feedback.

Improvements

Transplant professionals identified improvements that they said would allow them to work more efficiently. Some of the changes have already been deployed to production and others will be coming within the next few months.  See the list below for more details on the changes.

DonorNet®

Planned (more information coming soon)

  • We will format the contact phone numbers on the OPO console to improve legibility.
  • We’ll add five infectious disease tests (West Nile, West Nile NAT, Chagas, Chagas NAT, HTLV NAT) to the Infectious Diseases tab. We’ll also revise the  local deceased donor record XML Schema to incorporate these new test results. These results will not be required to run a match or send an electronic offer notification.
  • OPOs will have the option to electronically notify transplant programs that they have a candidate that is primary or back-up on a match. This additional notification is meant to expedite the organ offer process by keeping centers more informed regarding their candidate’s position on the match. UNOS will provide a training module on this enhancement.
  • We’ll modify organ offer notifications so that the offers come from “DonorNet” as opposed to from the “UNOS Organ Center”.  The Organ Center’s 800 number will continue to be displayed for caller ID purposes on all offers.

Completed

  • 10/4/2017: We added the transplant center (TXC) on-call contact name to the Offer Details section of the Match Results page. This enables users to know what person is associated with the phone number displayed so that OPO staff will no longer need to search elsewhere for contact names when calling the on-call contact.
  • 9/6/2017: Host OPOs can now print an audit log of donor blood typing and subtyping activity in DonorNet.
  • 8/23/2017: We brightened the highlight that indicates the primary patient on the match run.  The brighter highlight s legibility and helps OPOs ensure that they allocate organs in the proper sequence.

TIEDI®

Planned (more information coming soon)

  • Candidate or donor identifying information will remain at the top of the screen as users scroll down forms to enter data.

WaitlistSM

Completed

  • 8/30/2017: When removing a liver candidate from Waitlist, users now have the option to copy the most recent labs entered in the candidate record to the removal labs if they are the most recent labs available for the patient prior to removal.

Questions?

If you have questions about these system changes, please contact UNOS Customer Service at (800) 978-4334 or unethelpdesk@unos.org.

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