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Electronic organ donor system wins award

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A computer program that matches donated organs to would-be transplant patients has been named a finalist in the Computerworld Honours Program 2009.

The programme the Electronic Offering System (EOS) enables staff to match and allocate available organs. It allows Donor transplant co-ordinators to can input the latest donor organ information so colleagues can see at a glance what organs are available.

By using wireless laptops staff can work from intensive care units around the county and share stored information with the UK Transplant Registry via the secure NHS Blood and Transplant network.

The new technology will replace the previous system of organ allocation and matching which was reliant on fax and telephone communication.

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHS Blood and Transplant, said ‘With improved accuracy, efficiency and security, EOS is helping to speed up the allocation process, which frees up specialist nurses to spend more time supporting donor families.

‘This one-to-one care given by specially trained senior nurses is a key part of the donation process so anything we can do to improve the way they do their jobs helps deliver a real benefit to patients and families.’

EOS was one of five winning finalists in the health category of the Computerworld Honours Program, which recognises organisations that have used information technology to benefit society.

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