UNOS To Implement New Technology To Make Organ Donation More Seamless
The United Network for Organ Sharing will roll out a new platform that will be used in the operating room to accurately label, package and track organs, as well as create a comprehensive data exchange interface. In other health IT news, though the ease of telemedicine might be tempting, a good old fashioned doctor's visit is sometimes what's actually needed.
UNOS Announces Technology Changes To Increase Organ Donations In U.S.
Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing plans to implement several technology and data tools within its network of organizations over the next year to increase the number of organ transplants nationwide. Under contract with the Health Services and Resources Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, UNOS manages the country’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. (Demeria, 6/13)
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Is Your Child’s Pediatrician Better Than A Smartphone? No? Get A New Pediatrician.
There’s no doubt that technology is changing the face of medicine. Today, surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures with the assistance of a robot or replace missing limbs with bionic ones. Radiologists can read imaging studies from halfway around the world. There are specialists providing remote services to patients with strokes, women with high-risk pregnancies and critically ill neonates. Mental-health professionals are now able to offer life-changing care to patients who would otherwise be unable to access these services. And pediatricians in their offices can look into aching ears while the child remains in his or her living room . . . sort of. All of this is a far cry from the Norman Rockwell image of a doctor from decades ago. But while there was an undeniable charm to the physician with the black leather bag, modern technology has improved medical care in ways we never dreamed possible. When used inappropriately, though, it can cause substantial harm. (Hayes, 6/13)