Carter BloodCare announces partnership on blood management system

Tennessee-based Blood Assurance and Carter BloodCare – one of the largest blood programs in Texas – are partnering in the development of a sophisticated software system designed to meet the complex needs of modern blood banking, the organizations announced in a news release April 19.

The Blood Bank Information Management System (BBIMS) will ensure the accurate, efficient and compliant management of all aspects of operations, including collection, processing, tracking, distribution and blood product inventory management, the announcement said. Developed by Chattanooga-based Duley Hopkins & Associates, Inc. for Blood Assurance, BBIMS is 510(k) approved as medical software by the Food and Drug Administration.

“Meeting today’s needs with tomorrow’s technology helps ensure we are providing the safest, most convenient experience possible for our donors,” Rick Youngblood, president and CEO of Blood Assurance, said in the announcement. Blood Assurance centers have utilized the BBIMS software for more than eight years. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Carter BloodCare and share in this innovation, which has the lifesaving potential to transform this industry and empower blood centers across the board.”

Announcement said BBIMS guarantees quality assurance from start to finish for both donors and blood banks.

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“It is imperative that blood programs have confidence in their information management systems,” said Dr. Merlyn Sayers, president and CEO of Carter BloodCare. “BBIMS will ensure that confidence.”

Carter BloodCare is a community-based non-profit blood center that provides transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas.

– FWBP staff