St. Mary’s Hospital First Blood Center to Upgrade to New Version of BBCS
Auburn, WA – St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, CO has become Blood Bank Computer Systems, Inc. (BBCS) first Blood Center client to begin using the recently distributed BBCS Primary Application, Release 5.4 (BBCSP 5.4) including the latest versions of Self-Registration Questionnaire (SRQ) and the BBCS Mobile Application.
The BBCSP 5.4 software was made available on May 31st, and although St. Mary’s is BBCS’ second overall client to implement the software, they are BBCS’ first Blood Center client to do so, and were able to upgrade their applications in fewer than three months. St. Mary’s, a BBCS client since 2005, jumped at the chance to benefit from the BBCSP 5.4 enhancements including the improved ability to track donor red cell or plasma loss and donor comment features which will result in a faster donation process for both the Blood Center and their donors. In preparation, the Blood Center took advantage of BBCS’ new webinar training offerings for the BBCSP 5.4 releases, which helped improve their implementation timeline greatly.
“We are consistently pleased with BBCS’ commitment to provide software which meets and/or exceeds the needs of our Blood Center. The concerted efforts between St. Mary’s implementation team and the support staff at BBCS allowed this project to stay on target and meet timelines,” said John Kallus, the Technical Manager at St. Mary’s Hospital. “The webinar training was invaluable to St. Mary’s implementation team and allowed the Lead Technologist to quickly gain knowledge which complemented and contributed to the understanding of the applications.”
Along with the BBCSP 5.4 implementation, St. Mary’s also became the first to implement the latest version of SRQ and Mobile releases, which was made available in December 2011. SRQ has a more elegant and user friendly user interface that includes audio and pictures for each question. The Mobile release, when used in conjunction with BBCSP 5.4, enables increased efficiency through a streamlined donation process with enhanced donor comment handling.
“We are continually adding features to our products which improve efficiencies and safety,” said BBCS President & CEO, Beth Simon. “It is very rewarding to see St. Mary’s take advantage of the full features of our products and we congratulate their team for their expedient implementation which clearly enhances the donor and technician experience alike.”
BBCS first developed SRQ in 2006 in an effort to help their clients eliminate paper based workflows by allowing the questionnaire to be answered on a PC or tablet. Now, one-third of BBCS clients are using the electronic questionnaire at their Blood Centers, and many are planning to implement and start using the new version of SRQ with their implementation of the BBCSP 5.4 Application.
The Mobile Application was originally FDA 510(k) cleared in 2005 to allow for remote donor registration during a mobile blood drive when connectivity to the software at the Blood Bank is not possible. In order to support Blood Centers in rural areas, the Mobile Application is available for clients to ensure donor collection is done safely and efficiently at the mobile drive.
BBCS released the latest version of the Primary Application, BBCSP 5.4.1, in June of this year and just announced their plans to release BBCSP 5.5 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Within the upcoming year, BBCS is also on track to provide valuable updates to the BBCS Mobile, SRQ and Primary applications. Stay tuned for these announcements.
About St. Mary’s Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of western Colorado and eastern Utah. A not-for-profit organization, St. Mary's Hospital was founded in 1896 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Today, St. Mary's Hospital is the largest medical center between Denver and Salt Lake City. St. Mary's is dedicated to providing specialized services, experienced professionals, and the latest in techniques and technology close to home for the people of western Colorado and eastern Utah. See what real patients and their doctors’ say about St. Mary's.
Independently owned and headquartered in the Pacific Northwest, Blood Bank Computer Systems, Inc. (BBCS) has been one of the blood banking industry’s complete software solutions for information and risk management since 1987. BBCS provides comprehensive, rules-based, data management systems that specialize in providing secure, flexible and quality risk management for blood establishments. BBCS works closely with their dynamic client group and partners to continually improve the product line and provided services. The configurability and scalability of BBCS’ software allows for use in a multitude of environments including community and hospital blood bank facilities as well as transfusion, testing and research facilities of all sizes in 19 different states. Overall, BBCS supports over 1.4 million units annually and the largest centralized cross match lab in the USA. To learn more about BBCS, Inc. please visit www.bbcsinc.com.