ResearchPad - performance-improvement Default RSS Feed en-us © 2020 Newgen KnowledgeWorks <![CDATA[Mobile Application for Communication Increases the Efficiency of Organ Procurement and Transplantation]]> Donor organ recovery is a complex process involving organ procurement organizations and multiple surgical teams from various transplant centers. Nearly 30% of discarded organs are wasted due to reasons related to improper coordination and communication.Problem Statement:Lack of real-time communication results in many hours of preventable delay between procurement and transplant teams resulting in the high volume of organ waste, clinical frustration, and critical delays.Methods:A Plan-Do-Study-Act performance improvement methodology was utilized to design and implement a dedicated mobile communication application (app). Critical time points in the organ offer, procurement, and transplant processes were analyzed from the Report of Organ Offers, and relation coordination metrics were measured.Processes Addressed:Members of procurement and transplant teams in Iowa were interviewed and a dedicated smartphone application was implemented to replace phone calls, e-mails, faxes, and text messages during upcoming kidney offers from July 31, 2017 to July 31, 2018.Outcomes:Teams reported a substantial increase in clinical productivity and case progress awareness, including a noteworthy reduction in phone calls. The relational coordination data indicated substantially higher relationship and communication quality with the app. The Report of Organ Offer data revealed a 35% increase in organs transplanted and a 50% reduction in time from initial organ offer to transplant with the use of the mobile application.Implications for Practice:The use of a dedicated communication application reduces clinical frustration and delays during the coordination of organ offer, procurement, and transplant. Technologies that improve communication have the potential to improve organ utilization. ]]>