ABC Newsletter: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (Nov. 2013)

Nov. 15, 2013
ABC Newsletter

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) recently became the third America’s Blood Centers member to implement Nouvation’s OTIS-Blood Bank 8, announced Nouvation in a Nov. 1 press release. OTIS-Blood Bank 8 is an occurrence tracking information system developed by Nouvation to facilitate process improvement and regulatory compliance

“Our hospital partners expect us to be vigilant in promoting blood product safety while ensuring an adequate supply for our local patients,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of CBCC. “OTIS is a powerful tool for process improvement and for helping us to be efficient and compliant with regulatory requirements.”

OTIS features a “plug-and-play” quality management system to help blood banks improve quality, boost efficiency, and facilitate compliance. Some features include a virtual scanner, ad hoc queries, alerts with Food and Drug Administration deadlines, and data export capabilities. OTIS also includes a status code system and LED-like indicators to visually verify completion of each investigative step. “We started using OTIS in September and it has already contributed to the management and tracking of quality metrics,” said CBCC Quality Assurance Director Deanne M. Wells, MLT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ). “We have moved on from using a quality management system that wasn’t designed for blood banks and have consolidated three databases into one through OTIS, making process improvement seamless, fast and evidence-based.”

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