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ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & ARORA LAUNCH NEW ORGANDONOR REFERRAL SYSTEM

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ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL & ARORA LAUNCH NEW ORGANDONOR REFERRAL SYSTEM

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Arkansas Children's Hospital and Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency recently announced the successful launch in January 2023 of the interoperability solution iReferral provided by InVita Healthcare Technologies. 

InVita's iReferral solution eliminates the need for manual and time-consuming donor referral phone calls by enabling Arkansas Children's healthcare providers to securely refer patients that meet established clinical criteria for potential organ, tissue, and eye donation directly to ARORA from within the hospital electronic medical record (EMR). 

With over 100,000 patients on the nation's waitlist awaiting a life-saving organ, regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exist requiring referral by a hospital of all prospective organ and tissue donors to their federally designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO). 

"In just a month, we've already seen how powerful iReferral can be for patients and families, as well as for our providers," said Erin Parker, Arkansas Children's senior vice president and chief information officer. "We have made several successful donor referrals and are grateful this solution allows us to work closely with ARORA to save more lives more quickly than ever." 

"ARORA is grateful to have the opportunity to utilize this new technology to restore more lives through donation," said Dustin Goad, ARORA's director of quality systems. "iReferral will not only lead to more referrals, but it will also give valuable time to the caregiver team providing the referral, and precious time to ARORA staff to evaluate potential donors. This has been a great collaboration that will lead to improvements in efficiency and opportunity to save more lives.

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