The Health Resources and Services Administration today released 2017-2022 Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network data on the number of organ donors, organ transplant recipients and waitlist candidates, which it plans to update regularly. The data is part of an initiative to strengthen accountability, equity and performance in the organ donation and transplantation system, which includes issuing contract solicitations for multiple awards to manage and improve the OPTN, the agency said.

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report last year recommended the Department of Health and Human Services work with the OPTN to develop standardized metrics to track performance, improve the policymaking process and reduce nonuse of deceased donor organs, among other actions. 

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