Why Do We Throw Out So Many Donated Kidneys?
Uber and FedEx can solve the problem
Did you know there are 93,000 Americans on a waiting list for a donated kidney, but over 3,500 donated kidneys get thrown out each year?
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20% of all donated kidneys simply get discarded.
This is a failure in our medical system. A key culprit is our regulatory system, which throws out twice as many kidneys as do other countries, like France. A 2016 study found that 50% of the kidneys discarded could have been transplanted, according to the National Kidney Foundation.
But it is also an opportunity for our supply chain innovators. Can someone come up with a health care reverse logistics solution? This seems like a problem which our couriers, expedited logistics, healthcare logistics, and reverse logistics thought leaders at UPS, FedEx, DHL, XPO and elsewhere should be able to solve.
What would a solution look like?
One idea is to create a geographic map, similar to what logistics companies use. You could start with a map of patients overlaid against a map of donors. In addition, you could create a network of couriers who specialize in expediting human organs and other high-value shipments.
As a result, you could slash the time from donation to organ transplant by as much as 90%.
Wouldn’t this be an ideal way to use our sophisticated logistics and technology to advance our social goals?