Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 3:46 pm
BloodHub launch, blood supply chain management
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Press release submitted by Kirby Winn
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center implements BloodHub; Integrated blood supply solution helps hospitals reduce costs, improve quality outcomes
Davenport, Iowa – Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the launch customer for BloodHub, a new online ordering system and blood supply management solution. By using BloodHub, th e 85 hospitals served by MVRBC are able to order blood products and manage their inventory of blood and blood components through a single, integrated online portal. The Davenport, Iowa-based Blood Center began using BloodHub as its online ordering system in June 2012. Now three months into implementation, the initial feedback from its service hospitals has been very positive.
Benefits to hospital users include fewer errors, improved communication, increased staff productivity and greater visibility of key quality metrics including order turnaround time and order fill rates. For its part, MVRBC will gain deep visibility into its blood supply chain to facilitate additional cost reductions and improvements in process and service.
Judy Rusche of St. Anthony's Health Center in Alton, Illinois says BloodHub has improved communication between shifts at her busy hospital laboratory. "BloodHub's open orders list allows for better communication between o ur shifts," said Rusche, adding, "The crossmatch function is especially valuable for those hospitals that don't have their own LIS to electronically manage their inventory."
Theresa Stade of Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois says using BloodHub has improved efficiency. Stade comments, "We love being able to submit the reference laboratory request form online – it is a very lean process!"
MVRBC's Vice President for Business Development, Nancy Kelting, is pleased with the reception of the Blood Center's implementation of BloodHub. "We're proud to help innovate new systems and solutions for our hospitals," said Kelting. "Being the launch customer for BloodHub keeps us simultaneously at the forefront of technology and improves communication between MVRBC and the hospitals. Best of all, BloodHub is integrated in real time with our blood manufacturing system which gives our hospita ls real time visibility into their order status."
That's the feedback BloodHub co-Founder Michael Pandelakis was looking for when the company set out to streamline ordering and blood supply management for blood suppliers and hospitals. "Our solution provides a number of modules that elegantly work together to streamline these mission critical processes," said Pandelakis. "BloodHub enables real-time visibility in the blood supply chain and provides a robust, highly configurable reporting engine that delivers real value where it matters most: reducing costs and improving quality outcomes."
Pandelakis added "Prior to launching BloodHub we spoke with multiple blood centers who emphasized the growing need for improved hospital service and customer retention. Our development efforts are focused on delivering a rich user experience centered on ease of use. We are pleased with the overwhelmingly positive reception of BloodHub in the marketplace."
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 85 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC's testing, processing and primary distribution center handles more than 250,000 units of blood components each year. To learn more about MVRBC, visit www.bloodcenter.org.
BloodHub is focused on delivering high quality, web enabled applications for the blood industry. In careers that span 20 years, the company's founders have worked exclusively on software for the blood transfusion industry and have started and grown three successful companies. Together and individually, they have written or managed applications that span the entire blood management process from recruitment and collections to manufacturing and testing. For additional information on BloodHub, visit www.bloodhub.com.