Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC), Pune has become the first ZTCC in Maharashtra to develop a mobile app and a cloud based system for maintaining records of recipients, donors and hospitals.
The app will be made available to all the hospitals in the city that have been given permission for organ transplants and the coordinators working under ZTCC.
The move aims to target the limitations of manual data maintenance and the criticality of time factor. The updates would be made automatically and simultaneously. While the hospitals are given read only option, the authority to enter the data lies with the ZTCC coordinators.
Medical details, phone numbers and medico-legal documents will be made available on one platform. The user would just enter the details and the appropriate donor and recipient list would be made available just by a single click.
Aarti Gokhale, Central Coordinator at ZTCC, Pune, said, “If I have a donor of a particular blood group available, just with one click the number of recipients with the same blood group would be shown immediately. The filtering is done within a few seconds, which earlier used to take a lot of time. When it was needed to counsel the relatives of a brain dead patient our coordinators used to be busy with the paper work and finding a perfect match.”
Anita Kulkarni-Puranik, CEO of Metamagics Computing Private Ltd, who has developed the software, said, “The data is secured through different layers. Earlier it used to take a month for updating all the information and the coordinators had to run to gather all the medico-legal papers. The most critical patient would be shown first in the list of recipients. Also, if some patient misses the call then that would also be uploaded on the app.”
There are 609 patients on the waiting list for kidney transplants, 201 for liver transplants, 5 for heart transplants, 26 multi visceral transplants in Pune as on this date.