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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 418. Updated Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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Organ donation swaps paper for screen

A new national clinical information system to streamline organ and tissue donation processes across Australian hospital networks has been launched.

DonateLife Electronic Donor Record (EDR) is expected to improve information gathering and sharing between hospitals.

Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash said the system would expedite the process of the allocation and assessment of the viability and suitability for organ and tissue acceptance.

"The EDR is a clinical information system used by donation specialists and replaces a manual paper-based record system," Senator Nash said.

"It provides real-time access to essential information about organ donors from the donor referral, organ offer, donor management and organ retrieval processes."

Electronic information system launched

She said the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) commissioned the development of the EDR in close consultation with the donation and transplantation sector. The EDR went live nationally on 1 July.

Senator Nash said it made comprehensive donor referral data, medico-social history and family consent information readily available for consideration by transplant units and donation coordination specialists in a consistent format.

"The EDR replaces a 28-page paper-based form known as the Confidential Donor Referral Form,'' Senator Nash said.

''Donor coordinators would then spend many hours making phones calls and coordinating information with transplant units to identify a suitable recipient," she said.

"The roll-out of the system will ultimately benefit Australians awaiting a transplant, donor families and donation and transplantation specialists."

The EDR is a clinical platform for donation specialists. It is a separate system to the Australian Organ Donor Register - the national database of people who register their intentions to be organ and tissue donors.

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