Vanderbilt launches organ transplant app for patients, providers

A new mobile app offered by the Vanderbilt Transplant Center is meant to be an information resource for both patients and referring providers.

The app, available at no cost for Android in Google Play and for iOS in the App Store, enables access to the range of programs at Tennessee’s only full-service transplantation center.

“The Vanderbilt Transplant app is a significant addition for our referring providers to access the transplant center,” said Edward Zavala, administrator of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s multi-organ adult and pediatric transplant center.

According to VUMC, the app offers providers improved access in the referring process for both adult and pediatric referrals through mobile-friendly referral forms using Vanderbilt’s REDCap, a free, easy-to-use and secure method of data collection. Further, the app provides contact information for on-call VUMC transplant physicians, a direct link to the Vanderbilt Transfer Center for urgent transfers of patients, as well as access to outcome data.

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Vanderbilt Medical Center Campus photos, summer 2014 ( Daniel Dubois / Vanderbilt University)

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“Additionally, the patient education component of the app provides patients ready access to transplant-specific education,” adds Zavala.

Specifically, patients can tailor what organ they are interested in learning more about (heart, kidney, lung, liver and pancreas), meet the transplant team, and find provider locations. In the living donor section of the app, Vanderbilt provides education links to patients and their families, as well as a referral link for those considering being a donor.

“Development of this app will allow patients unprecedented ability to connect with our system, schedule appointments and interact with our providers,” says Seth Karp, MD, H. William Scott Jr. Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery and director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center. “We have every expectation this service will increase our ability to reach patients and provide outstanding care.”

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