Mississippi Valley RBC Successfully Launches BloodHub Chain of Custody

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Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center launches BloodHub’s Chain of Custody (CoC), initiates real time product visibility and tracking in collections.

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Cost containment starts with real time data – that’s the best way to optimize the supply/demand production equation.

BloodHub, the nation’s leading blood supply chain automation platform, recently developed a Chain of Custody (CoC) module in close collaboration with its development partner, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). After completing internal validation, MVRBC is now implementing the CoC module at select donor centers with plans to deploy the system in all collection operations.

Using state-of-the art mobile technology, MVRBC staff capture barcodes from drawn units, test tubes and donor cards along with the corresponding container codes. CoC logic then ensures that all containers and the items within are tracked and reconciled throughout the supply chain, with complete visibility and accountability. Benefits include improved compliance, reduced product loss, rework reduction and better production planning.

“As a multi-site blood system, MVRBC has a number of individuals picking up, transporting and delivering products, test tubes, and donor cards,” said Jeannine McCullough, Chief Quality Officer. “BloodHub’s Chain of Custody coordinates these activities and automates end-of-drive reconciliation in an easy to use, intuitive way.”

"Adding real-time visibility of collection operations and in-bound shipments will be a key benefit of full implementation," McCullough added. “The CoC Flight Board gives our manufacturing team real-time visibility into the volume and timing of deliveries to our production operations. We will be able to coordinate production runs with shared, up-to-the-minute information from the field and proactively manage pick-ups that may have been missed.”

The new technology also enables timely identification of products that were collected at a blood drive, but not delivered to the lab on schedule. “Awareness of the most recent time and location a donation was scanned into the Chain of Custody module will increase accountability and eliminate the loss of products and components that arise when there are gaps in the chain of custody.”

The Chain of Custody module is a vital enhancement to BloodHub’s fully integrated suite that provides real time supply chain visibility. Knowing when a unit enters the supply chain is an integral input into production planning, inventory management and supply projections.

“In today’s blood banking operations, cost containment starts with real time data – that’s the best way to optimize the supply/demand production equation,” said Michael Pandelakis, founder and CEO of BloodHub. “Our Chain of Custody module stretches the system’s awareness to include blood collections, the point of entry for products into the supply chain.”

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the exclusive provider of blood products to 87 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. MVRBC is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC's testing, processing and primary distribution center handles more than 250,000 units of blood components each year. To learn more about MVRBC, visit http://www.bloodcenter.org.

BloodHub is focused on delivering high quality, web enabled blood applications. The company's founders have extensive experience managing software for the blood transfusion industry, from recruitment and collections to manufacturing, testing and distribution. For additional information on BloodHub, visit http://www.bloodhub.com.

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