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Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees - BBC News

Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees - BBC News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

An interview is held with a young man in a small shop in a back alley way of a city in Lebanon. The information that he goes on to provide is chilling.


Abu Jaafar's job is to find people desperate enough to give up a part of their body for money i.e being willing to sell one of their kidneys or even an eye.


This includes desperate Syrian refugees who need money in order to try and survive.


The descriptions of how the transactions occur and how individuals are managed after the surgery to remove a kidney are chilling.

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Extremely concerning that vulnerable refugees in Lebanon are being sought to provide organs and tissues for transplantation
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What Happens When A Living Kidney Donor Needs A Transplant in the United States?

What Happens When A Living Kidney Donor Needs A Transplant in the United States? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
A new study from the United States examines how well the system works to prioritize the needs of previous live kidney donors if they end up needing a kidney transplant of their own.

Live kidney donors can receive priority for a kidney transplant if it is determined that their remaining kidney is failing. However it seems that this information may not be fully understood across the healthcare system within the United States.


Hence the importance of this retrospective review of just over 200 live kidney donors. For more information click on the banner headline.
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India's #1 Impediment To Organ Donation: Doctors - Huffington Post India

India's #1 Impediment To Organ Donation: Doctors - Huffington Post India | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This opinion piece comes via Dr Christopher Barry a Transplant Surgeon who has been spending time in India. Dr Barry shares his perspectives on where he feels the current barriers currently exist to improving the rates of deceased donor organ transplantation across India.

 

The article focuses on barriers within the healthcare system including in particular where medical specialists may be contributing to a lack of forward progress. All doctors and medical professionals across India also need to understand that organ donation is all about saving lives, despite a single loss of life.

Deborah Verran's insight:

A unique perspective on barriers that exist within the healthcare system across India to organ donation.

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Infographic: Where Will mHealth Be in 2024?

Infographic: Where Will mHealth Be in 2024? | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Ten years ago, mHealth as we presently know it didn’t exist. But ten years from now, its sophistication and utility may be far greater than anything we can presently envision.


Via Emmanuel Capitaine , Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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A glimpse at the future of mobile technology which will be game changing in many areas including healthcare

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6 Social-Media Skills Every Leader needs

6 Social-Media Skills Every Leader needs | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Few domains in business and society have been untouched by the emerging social-media revolution—one that is not even a decade old. Many organizations have been responding to that new reality, realizing the power and the potential of this technology for corporate life: wikis enable more efficient virtual collaboration in cross-functional projects; internal blogs, discussion boards, and YouTube channels encourage global conversations and knowledge sharing; sophisticated viral media campaigns engage customers and create brand loyalty; next-generation products are codeveloped in open-innovation processes; and corporate leaders work on shaping their enterprise 2.0 strategy.


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Organizational social-media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. Learn, through the lens of executives at General Electric, how you and your leaders can keep up. A McKinsey Quarterly Strategy article.

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How one CCG is using Facebook to improve communication

How one CCG is using Facebook to improve communication | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Use of social media platforms for both communication and the sharing of information is on the increase in the healthcare sector. This report comes via the United Kingdom and describes the use of Facebook by a Clinical Commissioning group.

 

Facebook is a great way for doctors to communicate and share files, explains Esydoc CCG's Hamed Khan (Doctors using Facebook in the UK to improve communication....)...

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Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - Institute of Medicine

Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America - Institute of Medicine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

How can the burgeoning flow of information be managed in a healthcare system? Can innovation help deal with increasing costs? Answers to these questions and more can be obtained by reading the recently released report from the Institute of Medicine in the United States titled- 'Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America'. The issues are generic to all health care systems.

 

America's health care system has become far too complex and costly to continue business as usual.......via the banner headline link access can be obtained to a summary of the report, two infographics plus the full report.

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Not enough donors, surgeons or teams for organ transplants in Malaysia

Not enough donors, surgeons or teams for organ transplants in Malaysia | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Malaysia is in critical need of more organ transplant surgeons but even if there were more available, there continues to be a lack of surgical teams to retrieve the organs from deceased donors.


This online article makes the point that until now deceased donor organ donation within Malaysia has been an infrequent activity which turns on the ability to mobilise surgical teams made up of individuals whose primary roles within the healthcare sector involve other non related activities.


Hence the absence of dedicated surgeons, along with the lack of additional requisite infra-structure including intensive care unit beds and operating room capacity are now seen to be an issue. Hence for both organ donation and organ transplantation to increase within Malaysia addressing these specific issues is now essential.



Deborah Verran's insight:
Both organ donation as well as organ transplantation require adequate resourcing. This includes resources be diverted specifically towards the requisite infra structure along with having the professionals who are required in order to facilitate this particular activity
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Translating Evidence Into Practice via Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Study

Translating Evidence Into Practice via Social Media: A Mixed-Methods Study | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Background: Approximately 80% of research evidence relevant to clinical practice never reaches the clinicians delivering patient care. There are a number of reasons as to why this is the case.

 

However it may be possible to improve on this statistic via leveraging social media. This particular mixed methods study involved participants in a number of countries around the world  and adds to the current knowledge on the effective use of social media for educational purposes. The research study involved the streaming of curated information to a group of healthcare professionals over a period of time with both pre-test and post-test surveys being undertaken. 

 

For more information on this research as well as what the results were click on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

This article will be of interest to healthcare professionals who have roles in knowledge management and knowledge sharing.

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Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come

Heart Transplant Footage Shows How Far Medical Science Has Come | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report is about how heart transplantation has progressed over the last 45 years and contains video footage of a Heart Transplant procedure. 

Since the first transplant at one programme in the United States,

Stanford University Hospital in 1968, doctors and scientists have refined the operation to an astounding degree. The video can also be viewed by clicking on the following link-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGtLYtOwtxA

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

An example of quality video footage of a transplant procedure which has been posted online. Not for the squeamish however.

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Evidence-based medicine and values-based medicine: partners in clinical education as well as in clinical practice

Evidence-based medicine and values-based medicine: partners in clinical education as well as in clinical practice | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The best clinical decisions are based on both evidence and values in what is known as the 'two-feet principle.

 

This accompanying article outline how important it is to educate medical students (and health care workers) on values in addition to evidence based medicine, as sound decisions are based on information and knowledge sourced via both avenues 

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Essential reading for healthcare workers interested in education, information streaming and knowledge management

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Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say

Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A Washington Post examination of cybersecurity has found that health care is among the most vulnerable industries. The reasons for this conclusion being reached are outlined as well as tips on what steps need to be undertaken.

 

If you work in healthcare or have links to the healthcare sector, this is essential reading for early 2013. The article comes complete with graphics.

 

The following link goes to another post on what are currently felt to be the most common healthcare IT risks in the workplace-

 

http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/slideshow.cfm?content_id=286221&pg=1&buffer_share=1174b

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This could emerge as the number one issue for health IT in 2013

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Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today

Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via The Kidney Foundation of Canada comes this economic analysis on the benefits of Kidney Transplantation versus dialysis to the healthcare system. This includes a wide ranging examination of the health care related costs of both dialysis and kidney transplantation.

 

Of importance are the economic benefits that are accrued at many levels within society for successful kidney transplantation, including to the overall healthcare system. A must read for policy makers and interest groups, including an executive summary contained within pages 1-3.

 

A direct link to the report can also be accessed via

http://www.kidney.ca/page.aspx?pid=500#etude

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Healthcare Social Media: Time To Get On Board

Healthcare Social Media: Time To Get On Board | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

If you are working in an organisation that actively uses social media then this article may not add anything new. If not then you may want to find out more. Be reassured you are not alone.

 

Many hospitals and practices are still hesitatant to jump on board the social media bandwagon. Here is some practical advice to help guide your organization through the decision making process.

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