OrganJet customer receives kidney transplant years faster due to smart multiple listing

Aug 07, 2013, 10:05 ET from OrganJet Corporation

WESTON, Mass., Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OrganJet Corporation, the leading provider of advisory and transportation services for kidney and liver patients on transplant lists in the US, today announced that their customer, a resident of the Washington D.C area, received a successful kidney transplant in Pittsburgh, PA. 

Originally listed in the DC area about 18 months ago, where the median wait time is nearly 5 years -- wait times in nearby Maryland are not that much better -- the 41-year old wife and mother contacted OrganJet for advice and arranged her on-demand jet transportation options (in addition to available commercial choices) just a few months ago. 

"There is significant disparity in wait times across different geographic areas, ranging from over 5 years in areas like NJ, MA, Washington D.C. and CA, while it is half that (or less) in regions like Pittsburgh, PA, Portland, OR and Madison, Wisconsin," said Sridhar Tayur, Founder and CEO of OrganJet and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. Every year, over 5000 patients die waiting for a kidney in some parts of the US while organs in other regions may go unused.  While the actual numbers of wasted organs is a subject of debate, it is generally recognized to be in the range of 500-2500 annually. "Our goal is to provide affordable options for patients on transplant lists in high wait time areas so that they can increase their access to organs. This improved matching also helps reduce organ waste," said Tayur.

The patient received news of an available organ on Saturday and her transplant took place over the weekend: "Thank you so much for hooking me up with Pittsburgh.  You definitely played a crucial role in me getting a kidney!"

There is also an opportunity to increase supply of organs. "Recent analysis shows that such broader access of organs may lead to procuring additional deceased donor kidneys, essentially adding a small to medium-size Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) to the existing system," said Baris Ata, Chief Scientist at OrganJet and a professor at University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

"Yes, definitely very satisfied OrganJet client -J," she emailed, a couple of days after her transplant.

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