US-based integrated health system UnityPoint Health and the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), Iowa Donor Network (IDN), have joined forces to launch InVita Healthcare Technologies’ iReferral, a healthcare interoperability technology, across 13 UnityPoint Health hospital facilities in Iowa.

iReferral automates the identification of potential organ and tissue donors based on established criteria and delivers donor referrals to IDN’s iTransplant System.

The technology claims to replace the previous manual and time-consuming telephonic referral process.

This initiative ensures all potential organ and tissue donors are referred to the OPO, as mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

With over 100,000 patients on the national waitlist for life-saving organs, each donor can save up to eight lives through organ transplantation and enhance the lives of more than 75 others through tissue donation, according to InVita.

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines chief nursing officer Denise Cundy said: “We are honoured to be a part of this collaboration and to implement iReferral across UnityPoint Health.

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“This new technology enables us to increase the number of organ and tissue donations while keeping nurses at the bedside providing patient care and support to family members.

“Prior to the implementation of this technology, nurses would spend significant time communicating with IDN donor coordinators making the referral and answering questions about the patient.

“This automated process streamlines the referral process for our nurses.”

UnityPoint Health serves communities in Iowa, western Illinois, and southern Wisconsin.

Iowa Donor Network is the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery agency for Iowa.

InVita Healthcare Technologies provides software solutions for medical, forensic, and community care environments, including those related to organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Its iReferral and iTransplant platforms are used by many OPOs in the US and medical professionals worldwide.