The greatest gift: How big data will help save lives this holiday season

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(BPT) - Each day, 144 new names are added to the national organ transplant waiting list — that’s about one person every 10 minutes. At any given moment, 120,000 people are waiting for a new organ. Tragically, due to a donor shortage, an average of 22 people die each day waiting for that organ to arrive.

The process for matching donors with recipients is extremely complex. The doctors involved with performing organ transplants need to make fast, critical decisions during an incredibly delicate situation — every minute counts and there is no room for error. So how do doctors ensure the right decisions are made for every patient? Thankfully they can rely on the information provided by the nation’s organ transplant system.

On average, a doctor has just one hour to decide if the organ from a potential donor can be utilized for transplant. Once that decision is made, and an organ is extracted, the doctor typically has anywhere from 4 hours to 48 hours to perform the transplant. Clearly, the speed of information availability is critical to the process. Continue reading



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