Technology for transplantation
Real-time, detailed communication is essential to coordinate the process of organ donation and transplantation. For many years, most information was shared by phone and fax. As information technology has rapidly evolved since the early 1990s, UNOS has continued to develop proprietary, secure, online-based systems to place organs efficiently and collect essential data to improve the transplant field.
The systems are designed for continual operation because any lapse in system availability could mean that transplant candidates lose an opportunity for a life-saving transplant. UNOS also continues to adapt to our members’ emerging use of and need for newer technology such as mobile devices and tablets, and to integrate effectively with the increasing use of electronic medical records.
UNOS also maintains a uniquely comprehensive database of all U.S. transplant candidates and all who have donated organs or received transplants since October 1987. This database serves the interests of transplant professionals, researchers and the public.
UNOS’ electronic network, known as UNetSM, allows transplant professionals to register transplant candidates on the national waiting list, match them with donated organs, and enter vital medical data on candidates, donors and transplant recipients.
A key application within the system, DonorNet®, electronically records key information about donor offers and sends it to transplant hospitals with compatible transplant candidates. This system allows the rapid and efficient consideration of organ offers, which can lead to more life-saving organs being accepted and transplanted.