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Hope and healing through communication.

Problem
In order to communicate following transplantation, organ transplant recipients must send a letter to their transplant center who review the communication and forward the letter to the organ procurement organization, who again reviews the letter, and sends to the family of the organ donor. Because of this, very few recipients and donor families have ever communicated. There have been nearly 1 million organ transplants, but by some reports as few as 5% of families have ever met. Because of this, there are many unanswered questions (such as the history and health condition of the donor), missed opportunities for solace following the lost of a loved one, and fewer stories that have the ability to impact the public’s views on donation.  

Solution

  By assigning the donor family a confidential gift identification number (gift ID), giftID presents the opportunities for donor families and recipients to connect using modern devices like text, photos, and video, and will eventually allow the parties to video chat and arrange a meeting. Each person can indicate how much or how little they would like to share, calibrate to their own personal preferences. The more the parties communicate the more features will become available, including the opportunity to share their story of connection online.  

Market

  Following organ donation, the Organ Procurement Organizations have an aftercare process which includes the letter writing program described above. At the same time, transplant centers have a follow-up process for recipients. Both parties have a need for a method to stay in contact and giftID provides a solution through a dashboard that allows them to monitor and join the communication of donor families and recipients. This service fills a role that is currently occupied by a full time employee at a salary of 50-75,000 dollars annually. The use of the giftID dashboard will be provided at a cost of $20-30,000 as an annual subscription. By doing this, we will save our nearly 200 customers money while having a business model that can provide more than 8 million dollars annually while offering a free service to donor families and recipients. Additionally, we believe increased stories of hope will expand the number of registered donors which is currently a national epidemic with over 120,000 men women and children currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant.  

Future State

Once we solve the problem for the approximately 24,000 annual recipients and 8,000 annual donor families for organ donation, we will expand to tissue donation. Currently 1 million tissue transplants are performed annually. Through the use of this technology we will offer the secure communication platform for other areas in healthcare such as bone marrow donation or adoptive services, thus expanding our market and allowing us to provide more healing through communication.


Submitted

Dec 16 2016

Organization
  • giftID
Organization Type

B Corp

Challenge

Technology

Product Name

giftID

Product Stage

Concept

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