Updates on HRSA’s OPTN Modernization Initiative

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is pleased to share updates regarding the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Modernization Initiative, which seeks to better serve the needs of patients and families.

HRSA’s planned approach and timelines for the first year of the multi-year modernization process focuses on design, implementation, and oversight.

The following phases are planned for 2023 – 2024:

  • Phase 1: OPTN Modernization Design and Strategy Development. In summer 2023, HRSA will conduct market research to inform development of future contract solicitations and host an Industry Day event for interested parties and vendors.
  • Phase 2A: OPTN Transition Management and Competitive OPTN Transition Contracts. In fall 2023, HRSA will focus on maintaining uninterrupted access to the critical systems and functionality that support organ matching and transplantation during the modernization process. HRSA will also release a solicitation to support and enhance OPTN operations while the modernization process is underway.
  • Phase 2B: OPTN Modernization Implementation and OPTN Next Generation Contacts. In spring 2024, HRSA intends to release a solicitation to support the next generation of the OPTN, which will include enhancements in technology, governance, data transparency, and operations. The OPTN Next Generation contracts will provide a comprehensive approach to modernizing the OPTN’s foundational IT systems.

HRSA is committed to transparency in the OPTN Modernization process and will continue to provide updates on our approach toward achieving enhanced accountability, equity, and performance in the organ transplantation system.

For more details, visit www.hrsa.gov/optn-modernization.