INNOVATOR IN RESIDENCE (IIR)
"A rapidly growing public health startup, ORGANIZE, is seeking to hire a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial individual to serve a two-year appointment of Innovator In Residence (IIR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The IIR will play an instrumental role in evaluating ongoing efforts to increase organ donation and transplantation and will work closely with HHS staff, including staff in the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Division of Transplantation and the broader organ donation and transplantation community, to identify gaps between these efforts and opportunities for better coordination. The IIR will work with stakeholders to develop an implementation strategy toward improvements in the organ donation system, including new technology, access to data necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), best practices and systemic improvements to increase organ donor conversion rates and empower OPOs to operate most efficiently.
"This will include studying a broad range of potential focus areas, which the IIR will identify in consultation with HHS and the organ donation and transplantation community, including existing models of federal financial reimbursement of OPOs and transplant centers for organ recovery and transplantation, harmonizing the forces acting on OPOs and their various partners (e.g. transplant centers), and creating opportunities for OPOs to operate most flexibly and effectively. The research will be guided by a panel of experts including HHS staff and thought leaders in the OPO industry. The position is located in Washington D.C., although frequent travel is possible.
"The IIR will work onsite at HHS with the HHS Chief Technology Officer and staff from other HHS operating divisions for exposure to a wide range of policy, stakeholder engagement, and technical expertise. The IIR will work with donor hospitals, transplant centers, OPOs, and other relevant stakeholders toward identifying innovative approaches for increasing the number of organ transplants performed annually and streamlining OPO operations. The IIR will bring experience and expertise in data science, policy, social enterprise, and project management.