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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Gilbert grad develops app to improve organ transplant communication

University of Iowa students Eric Pahl, of Ames, and Dalton Shaull are the founders of the mobile app ORGANizer, aimed at improving communication and coordination surrounding organ transplants. (Justin Torner/The University of Iowa)
AMES TRIBUNE | Sarina Rhienhart

There are more than 120,000 people across the United States on the waiting list for a life-saving organ, and one recent Gilbert High School graduate is trying to shorten that list through the development of a mobile app.

Eric Pahl of Ames, who graduated from Gilbert in 2011, is a doctoral student in health informatics at the University of Iowa, and is one of the two Iowa students behind the startup company ORGANizer, a mobile app aimed at improving communication and coordination surrounding organ transplants.

“Twenty-two people are dying every day by not receiving a transplant they need,” Pahl said. “That’s a big problem.”

Pahl, the son of Thomas and Dzung Pahl, of Ames, said he decided to pursue his degree at the University of Iowa because of his interest in the healthcare field, which is where he met senior Dalton Shaull, the fellow founder of ORGANizer.

Pahl said he had taken a couple of entrepreneur classes and previously had an internship with a medical software company. He realized there are many applications for the use of mobile technology in the healthcare field to increase accessibility and efficencies, which is how he came to be involved with the development of ORGANizer.

He said when a donor becomes available, there are eight organs that can donated; however, less than 40 percent of these organs actually make it to transplant. Continue reading
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