Reflections on Innovation

Transplant Hero

by Jay A. Graham, MD, MBA, FACS

Transplant Hero is a labor of love that I developed because I wanted to give something back to a community that has a given me so much. As a transplant surgeon, I also wanted to help solve the pressing problem of medication adherence. I am under no delusion, taking “meds” day in and day out is fraught with complexities—it’s hard work! Essentially, I created Transplant Hero to simplify the process. At the core, Transplant Hero is a mobile app med reminder that alerts the patient to when their "meds" are due—but to me, it is such much more. Transplant Hero is a tool of empowerment that may help familiarize the user with the names of all their "meds" and enshrines the importance of daily compliance through the fun-filled awards system.

The feedback and “thank yous” have been overwhelming—but I think if Transplant Hero can prevent just one graft rejection…that is the biggest thank you of all. I think the future is bright for Transplant Hero and I am so humbled to be a part of something so special.

Transplant Hero app

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