A partnership between Donate Life America and Apple has made it as simple as a few taps to potentially save a life. A new feature on the iPhone Health App, becoming available in September with Apple’s latest software update, allows users to easily register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, with their details sent directly to the National Donate Life Registry.
Donor shortage is a problem worldwide (including New Zealand!), and even though a vast majority of people support efforts to register for organ donation, many are not currently registered. There are many reasons for this, including procrastination, difficulty in registering, and lack of awareness. Which is why, once again, technology is stepping in and making life easier. It is a simple solution with potentially far-reaching, lifelong effects.
It just goes to show that technology, no matter how basic or groundbreaking, can add value and be another step forward.
The program can help speed organ donations to about 120,000 people currently waiting for some form of organ or tissue transplant, according to the companies. There currently are more than 29,000 people a year receiving transplants, but one person dies every hour however waiting for an organ to become available.