Making life-saving organ transplants possible each day

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With Talend, we are making organ data available faster, so hospitals can transplant more patients and save more lives.

Jamie Sutphin

Save lives by making donor organ data usable, accessible, and available

85 lives saved

or enhanced every day in the US

80% time savings

for essential data processing task

Organ-specific data

available to transplant centres

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organisation that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. In doing so, UNOS brings together hundreds of transplant and organ procurement professionals and thousands of volunteers.

“At a high level, what we do is put together available organs and potential recipients in an algorithm and match them up,” says Jamie Sutphin, Big Data Services Architect. “Talend makes the Organ Offer Report available sooner by allowing us to rapidly ingest and process data from several systems. Using Talend has enabled us to automate the process of integrating systems and processing data as well as reduce the time required for this essential task from 18 hours down to three or four hours.”

“Talend provides almost a thousand prebuilt components that are easy to drag and drop and then hook up. That means we can build things in blocks,” he says.

“Talend helps us build something and then reuse it over and over, which we did a lot. We’d build one template, thoroughly unit-test it, then duplicate it in many locations. That ability to reuse components not only allows us to avoid writing something over and over, it also increases the consistency and quality of the software.”

Transplant centres accessing the report can now see bio statistics about a specific organ, such as blood type and antigens, and the history of what they’ve transplanted over the last three months.

“In the big picture,” says Sutphin, “what we’re doing is making data available to transplant centres so they can find ways to use organs that may not have been used before, transplant more patients and save more lives through transplantation.”