AIM 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.
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.