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BPaT (Blood Production and Tracking)

Update: 7 October 2021

At present there are a number of LIMS in use by HSC laboratories and NIBTS, presenting significant challenges in terms of sharing information, integrated reporting, effective verification and validation procedures

NI requires a modern, regional and integrated Blood Production and Tracking solution. The main Blood Production system ‘Pulse’ used by NIBTS in particular is noted to require upgrading. There are various Blood Product usage (Tracking) systems within HSC Trusts, differing in levels of automation and complexity. Currently though no comprehensive automated information flow occurs between Blood Production (NIBTS) and Blood Tracking systems (Trusts). There is also no modern donor management system in place meaning donation appointments are currently booked via telephone and donor healthcheck questionnaire issued by mailshot and completed on day of donation session.

Northern Ireland Pathology Information Management Systems (NIPIMS) Northern Ireland Pathology Information Management Systems (NIPIMS) 

HSCNI will aim to have in place a modern, fit-for-purpose regional, rationalised and integrated Blood Production and Tracking solution. This will bring benefits of improved Blood Stock management, risk reduction, efficiency and quality assurance, and will support the wider delivery of the NIPIMS Programme and transformation of Pathology services in NI.

BPaT aims to implement an electronic vein to vein Blood Production and Tracking solution that will be capable of tracking blood products from donor to final fate transfusion. The solution will also enable a regional shared inventory of all blood product stocks and a Donor Web Portal to allow online registration, appointment booking and submission of donor health check questionnaire.