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Loma Linda U, OmniLife partner to drive innovation around organ transplantation

By David Schwartz
Published: September 21st, 2021

Loma Linda University Transplant Institute and OmniLife, a communication and collaboration platform for the organ donation, transplantation, and research community, have launched  a research partnership to drive innovation around transplant graft selection and acceptance, specifically with the goal of reducing waitlist mortality.

OmniLife has been working to improve communication between all partners involved in the organ transplantation process since 2016. With funding from NIH, the company’s software app delivers clinical decision support (CDS) for transplant surgeons to aid in organ selection for transplant. The LLU Transplant Institute will join five other transplant centers across the country in a clinical feasibility trial measuring the improvements of efficiency and quality of decision-making with CDS versus without through the end of 2021.

Dr. Michael Volk, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology and LLU’s medical director of liver transplantation – a pioneer in clinical decision support for liver offers — laid the foundation for this collaboration.

“When an organ is offered for our patients, the clinical teams must determine if it is better to accept the organ for any particular patient or wait for a better organ in the near future,” Volk said. “The data-driven algorithms we are using to predict relative survival in real-time allows our team to determine the best patient for the offered organ.”

“We are very excited to be working with Dr. Volk and the transplant team at Loma Linda University,” said Eric Pahl, one of the founders of OmniLife. “Our implementation of clinical decision support on the OmniLife mobile app allows transplant teams to improve organ offer acceptance decisions and patient outcomes while saving valuable time.”

OmniLife, a certified Benefit Corporation, has users from over 30 transplant hospitals represented on the platform, along with several large organ procurement organization.

Source: Business Wire

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