Actions to strengthen the U.S. organ donation and transplant system
IT improvement: Maintain safe, modern and reliable OPTN IT systems and infrastructure
UNOS will undertake/propose the following action
Advocate for changes in the next OPTN contract that require the OPTN to:
Continue developing new security standards with the OPTN Network Operations Oversight Committee (NOOC) and HRSA, aimed at ensuring that OPO, hospital and histocompatibility laboratory systems and environments comply with the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST) or an equivalent standard, complete training and pass routine audits. The proposal was available for public comment through March 18, 2023.2
UNOS published the Action Agenda on Jan. 30, 2023, to reflect the needs of the broader donation and transplant community. As we progress on the actions and recommendations outlined, we will post updates here accordingly.
2 “OPTN Policy Proposal: Establish Member System Access and Security Framework Requirements.” https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/policies‐bylaws/public‐comment/establish‐member‐system‐access‐security‐framework‐and‐incident‐management‐and‐reporting‐requirements/.
All stakeholders, including UNOS, share a common mission:
Get as many usable transplant organs as possible to patients who need them, fairly, equitably and efficiently.
All parts of the national system must be held accountable for making sure that this happens. The OPTN contractor must provide the highest level of service to patients and the greatest level of transparency to the public who has charged it with this lifesaving work.