Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Selected for National Pilot Program Aimed at Maximizing Kidney Transplantation


Kidney Transplantation

Jefferson is the only center in Pennsylvania chosen to participate in United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network.

PHILADELPHIA  — Jefferson Health is one of nineteen transplant hospitals selected in the United States to participate in the initial pilot phase of the Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (COIIN), a three-year project intended to increase kidneys used for transplantation.

“The Jefferson Transplant Institute is thrilled to participate in this pilot study alongside our colleagues at other premier transplant programs and UNOS,” said Cataldo Doria, MD, PhD, MBA, the Nicoletti Family Professor of Transplant Surgery and Director of Jefferson’s Transplant Institute. “With more than 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney, this project is needed more than ever. We hope to maximize transplantation by identifying best practices that can be used by all transplant centers.”

During the study, transplant centers will participate in an alternative, collaborative quality improvement framework to drive improvements in organ offer and acceptance, waitlist management and care coordination.

“The hospitals participating in the pilot program have had success using kidneys that are not accepted as often by other transplant programs across the country,“ said David Klassen, MD, chair of the COIIN Advisory Council and UNOS Chief Medical Officer. “The practices they have found to be effective can be shared with others to increase the number of transplants nationwide.”

Each pilot hospital will create and test improvements during successive rapid cycles and can share lessons learned with other study participants on an interactive, virtual learning site.  Hospitals can also monitor their improvement in key measures including outcomes, processes, relationships and structures.

Training and coaching for pilot participants began in October 2016, and the data collection and collaborative learning will begin in January 2017. The pilot is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. 

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