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Research and data analytics

You need accurate data for regulatory requirements and oversight, quality improvement initiatives, operational dashboards to strengthen your decision-making, and for scientific inquiry and reporting. Taking this vast amount of data and translating it into easily understood information is where UNOS staff excel.

Our research experts have unparalleled experience in the nuances of organizing, processing and analyzing transplant data. We have a team of doctoral and master’s prepared biostatisticians, and mathematicians who work with transplant data every day and are available to work with you.

Customized benchmark reports for transplant centers and OPOs

You can compare your activity, performance, and quality metrics to that of your peers!

These customized reports are designed to meet your needs. You can:

  • Define the group you would like to compare your organization to
  • Include statistical analysis (correlation, comparison, modeling, etc.)
  • Personalize with corporate colors and receive graphic files for presentation
  • Subscribe to more frequent reporting
  • Incorporate your own quality metrics and streamline your quality data and tools into one report
  • Add data elements, alternative visualizations, or interpretation of report
  • Include high quality images of each figure in your report

Organ Utilization Tool (OUT) for OPOs

Would you like to increase local utilization of organs you procure? You can use these monthly Tableau workbooks to help facilitate conversations with your local centers who have turned down organs that were transplanted elsewhere.

This tool allows you to:

  • View recipient characteristics and outcomes including graft and patient
    status and survival rates at six months and one year
  • Use filters to review specific types of organs (DCD, HCV-positive, etc.) with your local programs
  • Display most recent 24 months of data on offers from your OPO to your local centers

“I needed to take the organ offer and acceptance data out of a complicated spreadsheet and display it in a meaningful way that could help identify improvement opportunities. The UNOS team listened to my needs and what I was trying to accomplish with our transplant center partners. They developed a customized, dynamic tool that’s generated questions and become a conversation starter with our transplant programs. The questions help drive improvement and the improvement leads to more lives saved through the gift of donation and transplantation.”
Meg Rogers, Director of Transplant Center Relations, LifeSource

“We needed to develop a method to provide centers with this type of outcomes data in order to understand and influence acceptance behavior and increase local organ recovery rates. (The UNOS) team provided the expertise to assist in building a useable format, streamlining the data and delivering a tool that provides a clear picture of the donor and recipient process. Even more impressive is that they truly understand our operations and proactively both recommend and implement improvements in areas that add value.”
Yvette Chapman, RN, BSN, CCTC, Director, Transplant Center Development, Southwest Transplant Alliance

Statistical consulting and analytical support services

UNOS’ doctoral and master’s prepared statisticians and data analysts can help you analyze national or center-specific data in order to answer specific research questions.

Any/all data that’s reported to the OPTN can be customized and delivered back to you to assist in making operational decisions. We can even combine it with your own data.

We can help:

  • Design and perform scientific research studies
  • Draft abstracts, manuscripts, and presentations
  • Develop dashboards and other tools for quality improvement and compliance monitoring
  • Customize center or national STAR files (de-identified version of the OPTN database for analyses) that include only what you need for your analysis or project including creation of custom calculated fields

Customized transplant center dashboards

Get a personalized dashboard to monitor compliance or program performance. This tool allows you to track activity and outcomes related to pre- and post-transplant patient care and/or compliance with OPTN policies with regional or national benchmarking.

Examples of data you can include:

  • Waiting list additions by various candidate characteristics
  • Current waiting list demographics (diagnosis, active/inactive, medical urgency, etc.)
  • Waiting list outcomes (transplant and mortality rates)
  • Organ offers and acceptance rates
  • Transplant activity including types of patients and donors accepted
  • Post-transplant outcomes including causes of death/failure, length of stay, and survival rates
  • Data submission compliance with OPTN and CMS requirements
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