Every other year, The Alliance hosts a National Critical Issues Forum. The goal of the National Critical Issues Forum is to provide an interactive, creative, and innovative environment for communication and collaboration among stakeholders on pressing needs of the donation and transplantation community. Participants are encouraged to leave in action by making commitments to the implementation of transferable successful practices and strategies.

Presenting the 2018 National Critical Issues Forum

Purpose:
The primary goal of this dynamic and interactive event is to spur novel ideas and actions to increase organ utilization and transplantation. Using innovative methodology, we will identify high impact interventions to enhance critical phases of organ utilization, such as behavioral economics, OPO & transplant center practices, transportation logistics, and organizational culture. Building upon the last National Critical Issues Forum, “Disrupting the Statues Quo,” this National Critical Issues Forum will garner a fresh approach to gathering thought leaders to discover, ideate, and prototype high impact ways of influencing the donation and transplantation system.
Effective practices in parallel fields of business, transportation and healthcare will be shared by experts to create a dialogue on translating core methodologies and principles to organizations and people accountable for organ utilization. Design thinking will be utilized to keep the meeting and the flow of ideas and solutions fast-paced and actionable.

Background:
in 2016, The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) hosted a National Critical Issues Forum – “Disrupting the Status Quo”. This forum was in keeping with the spirit of the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaboratives, which proved that focused and deliberate efforts can result in successful accomplishments toward a common goal, Key hospital system, transplant and OPO leaders were invited and convened for a 1 ½ day forum to identify novel collaborations and strategies to increase the number of transplants done in the United States. Expert leaders discussed the science of decision-making as it relates to organ utilization, and analyzed how existing practice patterns may limit the number of transplants performed. Unconventional strategies implemented by transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, and hospitals that have been successful in expanding organ utilization, while maintaining outcomes, were presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives:
The 2018 Forum will maintain its interactive nature and focus on problem-solving leading to actionable objectives. The central theme of this conference will be “innovation”, how to build a culture of innovation, and apply innovative ideas.

This concept will then be translated to three distinct areas of organ utilization and transplantation, a) expedited and effective communication of information, b) expedited identification of best candidate with the help of data analytics and improved system utilization to increase organ acceptance, and c) using or creating technology and systems to overcome barriers to transplantation and improve upon logistics.

• To describe how to create an actionable culture of innovation.
• To brainstorm innovative ideas in a collaborative fashion.
• To identify actionable projects to pursue after the conference.
• To describe mechanisms and systems of improving expedited and effective communication of information.
• To identify how to utilize data analytics and systems to expedite identification of best candidates for organ acceptance.
• To identify technologies and systems that could facilitate the overcoming of barriers and improve upon logistics to increase transplantation.

Registration Now Open!
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Great Idea Pitch Challenge

Do you have an idea that could lead to an increase in organ donation, utilization or transplantation? Submit it now for a chance to present it at this year’s forum! Learn more.

Target Audience
This forum is open to transplant center, hospital and OPO thought leaders and decision makers who can affect change within their organization. This includes but is not limited to transplant administrators, hospital and OPO executives, medical and surgical directors, and transplant surgeons.

Sponsorship Information
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Special Thanks to Our 2018 Forum Sponsors

 

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  • Learn more about past forums

    Learn more about past forums below.

    National Critical Issues Forum 2016: ‘Disrupting the Status Quo

    In 2016, the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) invited key hospital system, transplant, OPO and physician/surgical leaders to convene for a 1½ day national critical issues forum. The primary goal of the forum was to identify novel collaborations and strategies to increase the number of transplants done in the United States. Expert leaders discussed the science of decision-making as it relates to organ utilization, and analyzed how existing practice patterns may limit the number of transplants performed. Examples of unconventional strategies implemented by transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, and hospitals that have been successful in expanding organ utilization were presented and discussed. The forum was very interactive and crucial conversations occurred to explore normative behaviors and to discuss how they could be disrupted.

     

     


    Commitments Made

    During this forum, commitments were made. Themes of these commitments were:

    • Application of behavioral economics
    • Allocation and expedited allocation practices
    • Acceptance practices and listing parameters
    • Organ utilization practices
    • Communication and relationship between OPO and transplant program
    • Patient communication/education practices

     

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    Successful Practices & Learning Opportunities