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 Information System (BSIS) implementation process takes a whole system approach
to software implementation;
● acknowledging the interconnection between policy, practice and technology,
● focusing on building local capacity to use, manage and maintain BSIS.
The implementation process delivers two key outcomes;
1. BSIS operating effectively and sustainably in operational (day-to-day) use and
2. The blood service self-reliant in terms of first level support for the BSIS system.
Using this holistic approach will effectively and sustainably implement BSIS and support countries in
the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) Stepwise Accreditation process, as well as
improved blood availability and safety in resource-limited countries.
Jembi’s BSIS implementation process has six work streams; Infrastructure and Hardware, Validation,
BSIS Deployment, Training, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Revision and BSIS Support. These
work streams were designed using the ISBT Guidelines for Validation and Maintaining the
Validation State of Automated Systems in Blood Banking, the AfSBT Stepwise Accreditation process
and lessons learnt from Jembi’s other implementations of digital health solutions. The below
diagram depicts the key recommended steps and scheduling of activities.
BSIS Users / Blood Service
If you are interested in implementing BSIS in your Blood Service please contact Jembi Health Systems NPC at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Ghana: Southern Area Blood Centre, National Blood Service
- Ethiopia: National Blood Bank Service, Addis Ababa Centre