New Matchmaker Software Expected to Accelerate Kidney Paired Donations and Give New Hope to Many of the 83,000 People Waiting for Kidney Transplants
PALM DESERT, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Silverstone Solutions, Inc. publicly unveiled a major revision of its Kidney Paired Donation software, Silverstone Matchmaker, at the DEMO 09 conference today. The software, currently in use by California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC - San Francisco, CA) helps match transplant pairs and has resulted in 20 individuals receiving a kidney transplant at the Medical Center to date.
About Kidney Paired Donation
Kidney Paired Donation matches two or more incompatible donor/recipient pairs with alternate, compatible pairs. This concept has been around since the 1990s and is viewed as an innovative way to reduce the number of people on the national kidney organ waitlist. However very few actual transplants had been performed, due to complexity of understanding the millions of combinations possible, the difficulty of sharing patient information between individual clinics, and the general lack of efficient, high-quality analysis and case management software.
"After experiencing the excruciating wait for a kidney and learning about the problem first hand, I knew I had to do something to help. I am a software guy, so I approached this as a software problem," said David S. Jacobs, Founder and CEO. "My first goal was to save two lives and we did that with the first transplant in February 2007. I then moved the decimal point to the right and set the goal at 20 lives saved. We achieved that in 2008. Now the goal is 200 lives saved and enough funding and support to move the decimal point two places to the right--20,000 lives!"
Silverstone Matchmaker is an advanced enterprise software application that provides doctors and clinicians with the tools necessary to rapidly and accurately match living organ donors with patients who having willing, healthy, but incompatible donors. Using advanced matching algorithms, Matchmaker can evaluate all potential 2-way, 3-way and with version 2.0, 4-, 5-, and 6-way combinations in minutes, saving transplant clinics the months of work previously required to assess just a handful of pairs.
The new version of Matchmaker adds advanced optimization technology, which determines the most number of transplants possible for the pool and guides clinicians through the decision process.
In addition, hospitals can now add list of compatible living donor pairs, which has two benefits. One the original recipient can find a more suitable living donor organ and significantly increases the match percentages for the pool overall.
While version 1.0 was focused on single center solutions, version 2.0 is designed to handle the largest single center or multiple transplant hospitals providing solutions for groups of hospitals or regional networks.
More information about Paired Kidney Donation is available at http://www.silverstonesolutions.com/paired_donation.html.
About Silverstone Solutions and Matchmaker
Silverstone Solutions, an innovator in life science computing, was founded by David S. Jacobs, a successful software entrepreneur who himself is a kidney transplant recipient. Driven by his own personal experience, he designed the company's flagship product - Silverstone Matchmaker. Matchmaker was inspired by the need to more effectively utilize scarce, living donor organs and deliver them to patients in need. This shortens the length of time people spend on the deceased donor organ list, saves substantial healthcare costs relating to dialysis treatments, and ultimately helps save lives. More information about the company and its products is available at www.silverstonesolutions.com.
An image illustrating the concept of Kidney Paired Donations can be found at: http://silverstonesolutions.com/images/paired%20donation4.jpg.
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