Health Valley
Text: Bertrand Tappy
Photo: Laurent Gilleron / Keystone

Switzerland becomes the first country to create an electronic organ donor card

Developed by an anaesthesiologist from the CHUV with the support of Swisstransplant, the organ donor card is automatically displayed on the user’s smartphone upon arrival at hospital.

The system is available via the app Echo112, which already has 350,000 users in Switzerland. The initiative could significantly increase the number of potential donors.

Dr Jocelyn Corniche, an anaesthesiologist with the CHUV and REGA (the Swiss air-rescue organisation), designed the app. Echo112 contacts the local emergency services and notifies them of the user’s exact position in Switzerland or abroad. “In seeing those dozens of patients arriving at the emergency unit every day, I thought that their smartphone screen would also be the best way of communicating whether they’re a potential organ donor.”

This revolutionary process has made Switzerland the first country to have an electronic donor card.