In a move expected to significantly increase the number of tissue and organ donors in Texas, Donate Life Texas is now being managed by the state’s three Organ Procurement Agencies, LifeGift, Southwest Transplant Alliance and Texas Organ Sharing Alliance.
The Donate Life Texas Registry was created by legislation in 2005, and implemented in September, 2006. That month, just over 1,500 Texans registered. And that year, just over 50,000. There was work to be done.
In January 2010, legislation simplified the on-line registration process and required DPS to ask a simple question, “Would you like to register as an organ donor?” Registrations jumped to over 45,000 the very next month. Since then, there’s been an average of between 60 and 80,000 registrations a month, and nearly 2.7 million registrations. Clearly, things have improved tremendously. Donate Life Texas is now the fastest growing registry in the nation.
The numbers are only expected to increase in the coming years. In the near future, look out for a mobile application that allows Texans to register without a wi-fi connection. This should allow Texans to register at events more easily.
By combining technology and innovative ideas, Texas fully expects to lead the industry in donor registration!