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Organ Donation Goes Mobile

29 Dec, 2010 McKell Naegle

In an effort to save lives, Intermountain Donor Services unveiled their plan to use the trend toward new cutting-edge technology on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

“Technology is changing the way the world operates,” said Alex McDonald, Public Education Director for Intermountain Donor Services. “Intermountain Donor Services is using these technological advances to make it easier for people to make their organ donation wishes known. With the number of people who now have a Smartphone and media tablets, we want to limit the excuses for those that have not registered on the Yes Utah Organ Donor Registry. People will be able to register while waiting in line, watching the kids play at the park, or attending a sporting event. It’s that easy.”

Fluid Studio helped Intermountain Donor Services with their mobile website. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Intermountain Donor Services in the past as they set up their Facebook page, blog and Twitter,” said Phil Case, Fluid Studio. “I was excited when we discussed the latest innovation—a mobile web registry. To my knowledge, no other donor registry in the country is utilizing this technology.”

Pete Ashdown, Founder and President of Xmission, Utah’s oldest commercial Internet service provider, spoke at the unveiling of this newest innovation to save lives. He stated, “Technology has done so much to make our lives easier. It is even more exciting to me when technology is able to save lives.”

The new mobile technology that was unveiled will make it easier than ever for those who have good intentions of signing up on the donor registry, but haven’t found the time.

Surveys show that 95 percent of all Utahns believe that organ donation is important; however, only about 75 percent of Utahns have actually registered.

To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, log on to www.yesutah.org.

On your mobile device, go to mobile.yesutah.org or text the word “donor” to 91011.

For questions regarding the new registry, you can also contact Dixie Madsen at Intermountain Donor Services. Her number is 801-726-1216 or 800-833-6667.

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