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10 things UNOS is doing to increase organ utilization


10 things UNOS is doing to increase organ utilization

Organ placement acceleration, advanced data tools, new technology and collaborative improvement projects drive efficiency in organ allocation.

Read more about the ways UNOS is collaborating with the donation and transplant community to increase organ utilization and save lives.

Kidney Accelerated Placement project

New pilot project creates a pathway to reduce discards by accelerating the placement of extremely hard-to-place kidneys via the Organ Center

Offer Filters

Increasing kidney utilization by helping transplant hospitals avoid unwanted offers so that organ procurement organizations, or OPOs, can find an accepting kidney candidate more quickly

Kidney recipient Sajel Patel knows what it's like to wait

Donor image sharing pilot

A project to create a national donor image sharing hub providing universal access to high-quality medical imaging studies while surgeons are considering an organ offer

The Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network

A three-year project focused on bringing transplant centers and OPOs together to increase the use of high Kidney Donor Profile Index kidneys.

OPO Benchmark Report

Allows OPOs to easily compare their performance to others across the country to better understand and improve the organ recovery and placement process

Organ Utilization Tool

Providing outcomes data to OPOs to understand and influence organ acceptance behavior and help them increase local organ recovery rates

Center Acceptance and Refusal Evaluation

This interactive tool lets transplant centers instantly visualize organ offer outcomes for organ offers they accept as well as all of those they refuse


Our virtual research center brings together data, technology innovations, behavioral research and industry expertise to test transformational ideas and hypotheses for improving the transplant system


A simulated organ offer system that tests the impact of changes to UNet℠ on organ acceptance behavior

Improving organ offer and acceptance process

New policy limits time to respond to organ offers and speeds utilization

Note: Post originally published on July 25, 2019

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