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Program testing EHR role in speeding organ donation process

The United Network for Organ Sharing is working with software vendors Cerner and Statline to automate manual processes surrounding organ donations.

The initiative aims to improve the process for notifying hospitals about potential organ donors, with the hopes of reducing the time it takes to get an organ to needy patients.

Time is of the essence, with more than 116,000 patients waiting for transplants. At the other end of the equation, 58 organ procurement organizations and 5,500 hospitals aim to coordinate efforts to meet their needs, says David Zanitsch, senior philanthropy officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

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