BloodNet LIS interface sweeps ACT iAwards

The National Blood Authority's (NBA) BloodNet laboratory information system (LIS) interface was the big winner at the ACT iAwards yesterday, taking out three different categories and named as runner-up in a fourth.

BloodNet is an online blood ordering and inventory management system developed by the National Blood Authority about six years ago.

Based in part on Queensland Health's Ordering and Receipting of Blood System (ORBS), it has automated the formerly manual ordering of blood and also provides an automatic acknowledgement that the order has been received.

It also provides a dispatch status update and generates a receipting note with a barcode so that the product can be scanned in when it arrives at the hospital. Several years ago a fate module that allows hospitals to record transfers and discards was also added.

The NBA then began working on interfaces between BloodNet and the various LISs on the market. It has since developed an interface with eBlood and Cerner and just recently signed an agreement for an interface with Cirdan's ULTRA system.

The LIS interface is aimed at automating the real-time exchange of hospital inventory levels of critical blood stocks and the status of each unit.

It frees up pathology staff from double and triple keying in critical data by automating the previously manual entry of received items and the fate of received items from BloodNet into the LIS, and entering inventory stock levels when placing an order in BloodNet.

It also enables the National Blood Authority to quickly intervene in supply when needed.

The LIS interface won the best new product in the development domain at the ACT iAwards yesterday, along with the applications, tools and platforms category in the industry domain, and the overall health category in the service domain. It was also named a merit winner in the government domain.

Another merit winner was the NICUcam project, a video monitoring system developed by Fujitsu and ADTEC Communications that allows parents of babies in the Canberra Hospital intensive care unit to monitor their children via video streamed to mobile phones and tablets.

The successful winners and merit recipients will go on to compete at the national iAwards in August.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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