Information technology (IT) has always been a crucial component of the Healthcare ecosystem. In the current environment it has become evident that blood bank informatics go beyond the four walls of the Blood Bank laboratory. Transfusion Medicine Directors and Managers are tasked with the implementation of Blood Bank (BB) software and the effective integration with other applicable systems (i.e. LIS, HIS). The Transfusion Service is often tasked to come up with innovative ideas to facilitate storage and remote blood allocation in a safe and responsible manner. Currently, there is also considerable focus on the use of IT systems to facilitate blood management and blood utilization efforts on the part of the Transfusion Service and clinical partners. Validation has become more than proving that the Blood Bank software performs as expected. Testing beyond the core Blood Bank application is becoming imperative for successful implementations. Assuring successful integration with LIS and billing functions is now an important part of software validation.
This is a new area for most doctors and medical technologists. In this session, the speakers will share their knowledge and experiences in reference to (a) validation/testing considerations beyond the Blood Bank application (b) best practices validation (c) clinical considerations in reference to blood management beyond the Blood Bank.
Identify how the Blood Bank software interacts with other clinical systems.
Summarize how to perform validation and testing beyond Blood Bank software.
Evaluate the clinical considerations of blood management beyond the Blood Bank.
MS, SBB (ASCP),
Healthcare & Information Technology Professional ,
MPH, MT (ASCP), CQA (ASQ),
Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein School of Medicine