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Data Integration and Benchmarking

Benchmarking

The Quality Benchmarking Committee collected and analyzed 17 quarters of data and continues to perform comparative statistical analysis, while gathering additional information on center practices for the identification of potential best performers. Also, the America's Blood Centers Technical Director's Benchmarking project launched allowing participants to submit the first round of data.

Compensation Surveys

America's Blood Centers conducted comprehensive compensation surveys. The most recent Executive Compensation Survey was conducted in June 2012. It covered the salaries and benefits of chief executive officers, chief operating officers, chief financial officers, and medical directors. Results were released in July 2012 to participating member blood centers.

In addition, the Blood Center Compensation Survey  geared toward second-tier management, was launched in October 2012. This survey covered 31 director and management level positions and 48 staff level positions commonly found in blood centers and focused on the data needed to provide a strategic overview of the market and where organizations need to position themselves to compete in the future.

The final report presented aggregated results and was in full compliance with Justice Department salary survey guidelines. Survey results were e-mailed directly to participating member blood centers and have been touted as "a terrific summary of wage and salary information of our industry."

2013 Employee Turnover Survey

The Human Resources Committee launched this survey, which included employee turnover data for calendar year 2010 and 2011 from America's Blood Centers' member blood centers. Forty-nine participants completed the survey as results were released in November 2012.

Data Warehouse "Manhattan Project"

The Data Warehouse is America's Blood Centers' centralized repository that houses information collected from participating member blood centers. This includes a wide variety of data elements, such as donor demographics, donor deferrals, blood product collections, and test results. Our goal is to use the reports generated by this data to better represent and advocate for our members in the regulatory and legislative arenas.

Staff has been working diligently over the past several months on the Data Warehouse Validation and Verification project, known internally as the "Manhattan Project." It aims to assure data integrity and high usability, while maximizing the automated data load process (ADL). For example, we worked to validate that the data in the DW matches our member blood centers' Blood Bank Establishment Computer System (BECS).

We set out to validate the data scripts from each of the four major BECS. Onsite data validation work was undertaken at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, which uses the ITSy BECS; Carter BloodCare, which uses Mediware; Indiana Blood Center, which uses Wyndgate; and Puget Sound Blood Center, which uses BBCS. Representatives from America's Blood Centers, Claraview, the four blood centers and their BECS vendors worked on this task jointly. This validation and verification process was deemed successful, proving the ability to refine reports and extract data scripts from the DW and match it to the primary data in blood center BECS. This process will ensure that data from member blood center users of each of the four major BECS will be verifiable.

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