Kidner – A Worldwide Decentralised Matching System for Kidney Transplants

  • Sajida Zouarhi Orange Labs LIG - Computer Science Laboratory of Grenoble
Keywords: transplant, kidney, privacy, security, blockchain

Abstract

Individuals suffering from kidney failure today face significant challenges in order to obtain a transplant.  They are placed on a waiting list and ranked by priority in hope that a kidney from a deceased donor is a transplant match. They do have another option: a living donor; someone they know, family or friend, willing to give them a kidney. These people may not be a transplant match, however there is a solution, a “Kidney Exchange” or a “Kidney Paired Donation”. In these programs, if two mismatched pairs (living donor and kidney recipient) can be grouped together so that they become transplant matches, both kidney failure patients can receive a kidney.  While a great solution, these programs have a significant pitfall.  They are limited to the specific registry regions participating in their program. The Kidner project was developed to help these exchange programs better detect life-saving opportunities and enable more people to access kidney transplants. 

Author Biography

Sajida Zouarhi, Orange Labs LIG - Computer Science Laboratory of Grenoble
Sajida Zouarhi is an engineer and a PhD student in Computer Science and Network since 2014 with Orange labs and LIG (computer science laboratory of Grenoble). Her research work is about “Quality of service of complex and heterogeneous systems for critical data transmission” especially in Healthcare and Internet of Things, and Blockchain-based solutions.

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Published
2017-04-07
How to Cite
Zouarhi, S. (2017). Kidner – A Worldwide Decentralised Matching System for Kidney Transplants. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 5, (GKR);e62:(1-4). Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/JISfTeH/article/view/287
Section
Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates. Knowledge Resources. Vol. 10, 2017