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AIM (Appropriate Inventory Management)

AIM_stacked _logo _rgbAIM provides an opportunity for member blood centers to provide value to their hospitals to aid in inventory management and blood utilization to reduce costs while promoting improved patient care. The AIM Module I software has been fully implemented in more than 25 blood centers with more than40 blood centers executing agreements to participate. Sanquin and NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) have agreements to pilot AIM-II.

NHSBT will use the AIM system at four English teaching hospitals in order to collect data about the clinical use of blood transfusions. The new software - dubbed AIM II - tracks the usage of blood and provides an analysis of patient outcomes. The trial is also designed to demonstrate that the software can be integrated and function well over multiple IT (information technology) systems.

The four hospitals participating in the English trial are: The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Health Level 7 (HL7) Project

America's Blood Centers staff hosted weekly and biweekly meetings for a special committee tasked with developing a software interface standard for blood centers. After two years of development, the specification and implementation guide to extend the Health Level 7 standard used by hospitals into the blood center environment was approved by HL 7 International and published in January 2012. Informally called BBHL7, the specification includes trigger events, message definitions, and data structures for the blood banking donor experience (donor registration, donor identification, mini-physical, medical history questionnaire, eligibility, phlebotomy, and product transport).

The working group that promoted HL7 included blood center IT officials and blood establishment computer software (BECS) vendors. America's Blood Centers provided non-technical support in the form of grant-writing, logistics, and marketing. The group was financially supported by a $34,000 grant from the Foundation for America's Blood Centers and funding as well as in-kind services from Blood Systems.

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