Technology for transplants
Powering lifesaving decisions
UNetSM is the technology used by organ donation and transplant professionals every day to save lives through transplantation. United Network for Organ Sharing is the non-profit organization that built and continuously improves UNet in partnership with innovative technology tools and partners.
When a doctor determines that a patient needs an organ transplant, they will be listed and begin a journey that will continue for the rest of their life. UNOS’ technology enables many steps along the transplant journey. The visual and timeline below show the journey of two people: the person in need of a transplant and the organ donor. It also reveals the applications and technologies that enable our national system to save lives every day.
A solid foundation
Partnering with industry leaders, UNet is the secure network, matching the right organ with the right patient at the right time. 24/7.
The transplant journey and technology that powers it
Death declared or imminent
Death declared or imminent
Offer evaluated, accepted
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Using Waitlist, a transplant program adds candidates to the national waiting list and manages their health data. Waitlist is built with technology tools and partners to ensure security, reliability and speed.
A patient listed
Pat’s doctor determines that they need a new liver. Transplant hospital lists Pat using Waitlist.
Using DonorNet, an organ procurement organization (OPO) adds health data for an organ donor. DonorNet supports OPO coordinators whose casework requires traveling to different hospitals.
A donor identified
Jamie registered as an organ donor before their death. An OPO enters Jamie’s health data in DonorNet.
OPOs use DonorNet to perform a match run—matching each unique organ to the best-suited candidates, and sending automated organ offers to transplant surgeons for acceptance or refusal.
Innovative technology to save even more lives
Jamie’s donor data is used to make a match run—a unique list of potential transplant candidates for each organ.
Offer sent and evaluated
Pat’s transplant surgeon receives offer for Jamie’s liver. Using UNet Image Sharing, they review images of donor liver in order to make best decision for Pat.
To ensure organs are matched correctly and efficiently with the recipient, OPOs use TransNet for organ packaging and labeling.
When the donated liver has been recovered, the OPO uses TransNet to automate organ packaging and labeling.
Over the last 25 years, we have doubled the number of organ transplants performed in the U.S.
More than 39,000 lives saved through transplant in 2020 and an all-time high for most lives saved by deceased organ donors.
While UNOS technology does not directly touch the organ transplant, this is what motivates our work—to equitably increase transplants.
Data collection for donor, candidate and recipient-specific records creating robust understanding of organ donation and transplantation.
Using TIEDI, Pat’s transplant team will monitor and submit their patient’s health data, enabling UNOS data scientists and transplant professionals to continuously improve the system.
UNOS partners with the community and with innovative technology companies to continuously improve the proprietary, secure, online-based systems involved in placing donated organs efficiently. These partnerships also support the collection of essential data that help improve the national system and increase the number of transplants.
UNOS works collaboratively with the community and technology innovators to increase system performance. And as a data-driven organization UNOS researchers test and innovate to increase efficiencies—enabling all parts of the organ donation and transplant community to thrive and to save even more lives.
“Using the new DonorNet Mobile has really helped us navigate this more difficult, more complex environment in which we find ourselves.”
David Axelrod, M.D., University of Iowa Health Care transplant surgeon
“The UNOS IT team had immediate responses to any of the feedback I gave them.”
Jacob Mansy, surgical physician assistant at Scripps Green Hospital