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DonorNet, new web-based application to increase organ placement, launched by UNOS.

A new information sharing system that will allow organ procurement organizations (OPOs) to post donor information forms, including blood-type confirmation documents and seriology results has been launched by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Called DonorNet, UNOS' new web-based application is designed to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the organ placement process.

The system facilitates organ placement and acceptance by providing secure, convenient and flexible donor information to transplant center personnel, UNOS said in a press release. DonorNet is a new and fully integrated part of UNOS the computer program (UNETchange) that houses the US waiting list for organ transplant and matches organ donors with potential recipients.

DonorNet allows OPOs to post donor information forms, blood-type confirmation documents and serology results, digital images of X-Rays and donor organs as well as short video images of echocardiograms, angiograms or bronchoscopies, if they are available. The files become a part of a donor's case file and are viewable from the UNETchange donor record.

Here's UNOS' description of how the process works:

"The OPO coordinator can attach donor information through UNET into the donor's case file. Or if the OPO coordinator is unable to access UNET, the UNOS Organ Center can post the donor information form and other related information received by fax for the OPO coordinator.

The OPO coordinator tells a transplant coordinator during an organ offer that posted donor files are available in UNET and provides the transplant coordinator with the donor ID, match ID and organ type. Transplant center personnel can access these posted source documents in UNET and reach an informed decision about accepting the organ for the transplant candidate."

UNOS says the system also allows OPO coordinators to e-mail links to posted donor information to transplant center personnel. In addition, in the near future, OPO coordinators will have the ability to fax the donor-specific attachments through the DonorNet system.
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Title Annotation:United Network for Organ Sharing
Publication:Transplant News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 15, 2003
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