University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has been selected to participate in phase two of the Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (COIIN), a three-year project aimed to increase the number of kidney transplants and improve quality measures.
UI Hospitals & Clinics is one of 37 hospitals in the United States selected for this phase of the project. It requires participating hospitals to create and test ways to increase the number of transplants and enhance quality monitoring, and to share what they find with other participants.
The COIIN project is through the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Approximately 97,000 people nationwide are currently waiting for a kidney transplant.
“We are happy to join the COIIN project and partner with UNOS and our transplant colleagues across the nation to share in developing, learning, and disseminating best practices that improve the utilization of kidneys resulting in more successful transplants for our patients,” said Dr. Alan Reed, MD, MBA FACS, director of the UI Organ Transplant Center.
Team meetings for the program will begin in July, and data collection and collaborative learning will start in October.