Jembi’s Blood Safety Strengthening Program (BSSP) and the development of the Blood Safety Information System (BSIS) is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded program looking to develop an open source information management system to manage information about blood donors and donations in low resource settings, as well as an effective implementation strategy to support the safe and sustainable implementation of the tool in countries. The BSIS software is derived from the work done by Georgia Institute of Technology’s Computing for Good Program (C4G) in the development of the original Vein-2-vein solution.
The effective management of information related to the collection, screening, distribution and use of safe blood products is a critical element for all blood services. The Blood Safety Information System (BSIS) is an open source information system designed to manage donor and blood safety information from the point of donor registration to donation collection, through to laboratory testing, component processing and labelling, storage, and distribution to hospitals and clinics. The BSIS tool is primarily targeted for deployment in resource-limited countries and supports the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) 3 step certification and accreditation process and recommended best practice.
BSIS is designed to support two core functional areas of a blood service:
- Donor management: manages information about donors, including demographic and contact details, deferrals and adverse events, donation collection, and post-donation counselling and referrals.
- Blood management: manages information about the the TTI, blood grouping and serology testing processes;blood component processing, pack labelling, discards, inventory management, transfers, issues and returns, and transfusion information.
- Supports the AfSBT Certification and Accreditation process
- Provides key information that is accurate, timely and complete.
- Manage donor’s eligibility to donate
- Automated blocking of unsafe donations
- Automated flagging of donors for post donation counsel
- Automated blocking of unsafe components due to positive TTI tests or indeterminate ABO Rh grouping
- Labelling control point
- Provides full traceability of donors and donations throughout the core blood service process value chain
- Uniquely identifiable donors
- Uniquely identifiable donations and components
- Security and Confidentiality and Auditability
- Ensures strict access control to confidential data
- Comprehensive role-based access
- Comprehensive audit logging
- User interface designed for ease of use
- Uses barcodes to streamline data entry and reduce data entry errors
- Pre-defined management reports available within the system
- Ability to export aggregate data to Excel
- Configurable via system-administrator defined parameters to meet blood service needs
Jembi is currently hosting a demo instance of BSIS and we would like to encourage you to review and engage with the tool to better understand the software in how it can and does work. For a more guided approach to BSIS we recommend the online videos showing a walkthrough of the various aspects of the application. Read More…
The Blood Safety Strengthening Programme (BSSP)
The Blood Safety Strengthening Programme (BSSP) aims to implement the BSIS tool in Blood Services in low resource countries in an effective and sustainable way. In order to do this Jembi takes a comprehensive approach to our implementations, working closely with Blood Services and their blood safety Technical Assistance (TA) partners to ensure that all necessary processes that impact on the effective use of the BSIS tool are strengthened during the implementation process.
The First phase of the BSSP implementation process is the assessment of eligibility of countries to implement BSIS. Eligibility is based on a number of factors including: stage of readiness of blood service for an information management system, blood service user requirements, political buy-in and availability of resources. The Second phase of the implementation process focuses on the deployment, the validation of software to ensure blood safety and training/capacity building of local staff to use, maintain and support the BSIS tool. The Third phase of the implementation process is implementation support. Having focused on local capacity during the second phase of the implementation, basic first line support (password resets, workstation connections etc.) will be carried out by the local BSIS support person identified by the blood service. Jembi will provide remote support to this person should they have queries as well as second/third line software support (bug fixes etc.) The final phase of the implementation process is the Enterprise Support phase which is an optional, ongoing support service that Jembi can provide Blood Services at a fee.
In addition to the implementation process, Jembi will be establishing a BSIS Academy that will focus on building local capacity in low resource countries to implement and support BSIS in Blood Services. More information will be available about the BSIS Academy later in 2016.
BSSP Implementation Application
Countries interested in being part of the BSSP implementation program funded through CDC and or implementing BSIS (external to PEPFAR funding) are encouraged to submit an expression of interest request (EOI) to firstname.lastname@example.org and engage with the Jembi BSSP team to further understand the needs. Follow this link to download the BSIS Expression of Interest document package:
BSIS Users / Blood Service
If you are interested in implementing BSIS in your Blood Service please contact Jembi Health Systems NPC at email@example.com. We also encourage you to join our implementers community of practice here. If you are an existing BSIS user and looking for system support please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
As implementers of BSIS Jembi believes that we have a lot to learn from one another’s experience. These lessons learned can strengthen everyone’s implementations. We encourage you to join our ‘Implementers Community‘ of practice here.
Blood Safety Experts / Technical Assistance (TA) Partners
As Technical Assistance partners to Blood Services we would encourage you to join our ‘Implementers Community‘ of practice here. If you are working with a Blood Service and wanting to explore BSIS as a health information system for implementation please contact us on email@example.com
Current BSIS Implementations
The BSSP Implementation team is currently engaging with a range of countries who are investigating, planning and are underway with implementations of BSIS. See the links below for updates on each of the current countries:
- Lesotho: Lesotho Blood Transfusion Services, Maseru
- Zambia: Zambia National Blood Transfusion Service, Lusaka Centre
- Ghana: Southern Area Blood Centre, National Blood Service.
- Ethiopia: National Blood Bank Service, Addis Ababa Centre
- Cameroon: Yaounde Central Hospital Blood Service