LAS VEGAS— Nevada Donor Network announced that its technological partnerships were successfully leveraged in the transportation and eventual transplantation of a human kidney using MediGO’s next-generation hardware and software platform. The organ was carried by a commercial flight and courier drivers over 300 miles from Las Vegas to Loma Linda, California where doctors at Loma Linda University Medical Center successfully transplanted the kidney into their patient.
Nevada Donor Network, MediGO’s strategic innovation partner and an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), pioneered this effort and is the first MediGO customer in the OPO network to utilize MediGO’s dynamic logistics and communications platform.
“We are humbled and inspired by the positive impact technology can have on human life,” said Joe Ferreira, President and CEO of Nevada Donor Network. “Organ and tissue donors and their families deserve the utmost care and protection of their precious gifts. We have combined our own coordination, recovery, and allocation efforts with MediGO’s monitoring of location, temperature, and environmental factors to serve these donors and the nearly 110,000 potential transplant recipients in this country.”
The original vision of MediGO—to create a comprehensive, integrated communications and logistics platform for the entire OPO network—is being realized. This successful transplant is the culmination of years of preparation, testing, and innovation that have been influenced by a deserving, caring, and cutting-edge community that Nevada Donor Network is proud to represent.
“We’re aspirational thinkers, who lead with our hearts,” said Dr. Joseph Scalea, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of MediGO. “MediGO is launching transplant into the next decade by leveraging technology to enhance connectivity and transparency. Today, MediGO tracked every piece of data from a life-saving human organ on its journey from selfless donor hero to in-need patient. The data was communicated in real-time to couriers, receiving hospitals, and doctors eagerly awaiting the organ. This technology is connecting every member of the team to save time, money, and improve the quality of the gift of life. We are so happy to share this with the world.”
Giving OPOs these new capabilities enhances connectivity to transplant centers nationwide, a fact that disrupts the industry in the most positive way—increasing speed, efficiency, visibility, and reliability for caregivers and patients.
MediGO is the next generation hardware and software platform for organ transplantation logistics. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, MediGO is focused on increasing access to organ transplantation by optimizing the transplant supply chain. MediGO offers real-time monitoring of organ transportation including location, temperature, and environmental factors that inform logistics decisions, current estimated time of arrival for organ shipments, and a centralized in-app communication system for all relevant stakeholders. For more information, please visit gomedigo.io
About Nevada Donor Network
Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 57 OPOs in the U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 110,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit www.nvdonor.org