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Blood Production and Tracking (BPaT)

Blood Production and Tracking (BPaT)

Northern Ireland requires a modern, regional, and integrated Blood Production and Tracking Solution.

There are various Blood Product Usage (Tracking) Systems within HSC Trusts, differing in levels of automation and complexity. At present, no comprehensive automated information flow occurs between Blood Production (NIBTS) and Blood Tracking systems (Trusts).

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 which will improve the donor experience.

The BPaT contract has been awarded to MAK-System LTD, with the contract having been signed by both parties in February. MAK-System Ltd will be providing the ‘Donor Management and Production’ element of the solution through their ePROGESA product, however, it’s important to note their subcontractor Accuscience (Bloodtrack) will be delivering the ‘Tracking’ solution.