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Organ and Tissue Authority to establish nationwide Electronic Donor Record

by David Shi •
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The Organ and Tissue Authority is looking to establish a nationwide system to manage organ donor and transplantation information, and is inviting industry to suggest ‘Commercial-Off-The-Shelf’ software solutions for the centralised record.  

A Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) outlines the Authority’s desire to establish an electronic system to replace the existing paper-based referral process.

“The Authority requires a system that will allow for the electronic entry, management and sharing of crucial donor / transplantation information to expedite and improve on the current organ and tissue referral process in Australia,” EOI documents say.

Selected EOI respondents will be invited to submit tenders for the implementation of the system in October 2011.

Organ donor details are currently collected through a paper-based manual collection process which hinges upon numerous phone calls between medical authorities. A number of Organ Donor Coordinators (ODCs) have warned that this manual process increases the risk of human error and is unnecessarily time consuming.

Organ donor waiting lists may also be reduced as a result of stream lining the offer and follow up processes with the EDR. Organ transplant waiting lists are altered continuously due to changing medical conditions and other factors influencing the way that individual patients are assessed. The EDR would ensure that patient donor details are updated frequently with the latest possible medical data.

The nationally coordinated EDR would also help reduce inconsistency and duplication that arises between state-based guidelines and procedures for organ transplant offers.

The EOI states that the software product must be web based and launchable from a URL. The software have a user-friendly interface and a reporting capability. Skills, knowledge and experience in Organ and Tissue Donation Systems are also key criteria that the Authority will be looking for.

As part of the Federal Government’s $151.1 million national reform package first announced back in 2008, the Organ and Tissue Authority (the Authority) was established on 1 January 2009, tasked with implementing a nationally coordinated approach to organ and tissue donations and establishing Australia as  a world leader in organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Despite having one of the world’s highest success rates for organ transplants, Australia also has one of the lowest organ and tissue donation rates by global standards. The average Australian donor rate for 2010 was a mere 13.8 donors per million people. One of the Authority’s ongoing objectives is to improve the national rate of organ donation and create further public awareness on the issue.

Applications for the REI are due by 3 pm EST, 12 September 2011.  A selective Request for Tender (RFT) will be announced by the Government on 14 October 2011.


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