The Costly Effects of an Outdated Organ Donation System

About the Project

Goal

Thousands of lifesaving organs are wasted every year. Our goal is to highlight underlying causes that can be addressed. We investigated and analyzed the current organ donation system, looking specifically at common practices by OPOs, technology managed by government contractors, and the governance structure within the organ donation system. These reports outline what we found, and what recommendations we have for improving the system.

Methodology

Bloom Works interviewed more than 30 people within the organ donation system, including the following:

  • Organ procurement organization leaders and staff
  • Organ specialist consultants
  • Donor hospital staff
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Government officials
  • Tech entrepreneurs interested in offering solutions in this space
  • Researchers

Our reports are based on those interviews, case studies, and published research.

Timeline

Bloom began the discovery sprint in July, 2020 and finalized the reports and recommendations in October, 2020.

Team members

Bloom’s research is supported by Arnold Ventures and Schmidt Futures in partnership with Organize and the Federation of American Scientists.

Contributors to the project include the following:

Scott Haselton
Lauren Lockwood
Brent Maravilla
Adam Moorman
Lan Nguyen
Ari Perez
Greg Segal
Malini Sekhar
Emily Wright-Moore
Megan Zehnder

Special thanks to everyone we interviewed who offered their invaluable time and insight into the inner workings of the organ donation system.

Research supported by Arnold Ventures and Schmidt Futures in partnership with Organize and the Federation of American Scientists.

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