What a weekend it was! This year’s AABB (Twitter: @AABB) Annual Meeting & Expo ran October 25 to October 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nearly 6,500 attendees from six continents were there, learning and sharing all about blood banking. A wide variety of meeting sessions were available to attendees, including “IT Technology Talk for Techs”, and informative 3-part talk. The first part was about defining software requirements, and was led by Rodeina Davis, BSC, a strategic consultant and past recipient of the AABB President’s Award. She advised that the software selection process should be collaborative, and that the decision should be made by a multi-functional project team brought together solely for the selection. She also explained that an organization can often benefit from a wide variety of options, making it easier to pick one that best meets their needs. The second speaker was Bonnie Lupo, MS(ASCP)SBB, senior software specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She gave a talk on key terminology and codes used in hospitals, labs, and blood banks, and how systems in these facilities interact with each other (interoperability). Information technology consultant Robin Nozick, MT(ASCP), was the final speaker in the lineup. She spoke about the importance of having a good quality assurance plan in place when implementing a system upgrade or new installation. She emphasized that the key components to a solid quality assurance plan are the testing and validation of the new system. We couldn’t agree more.* (Click here for AABB’s summary of this meeting session.)
Of course, the BC Solutions team was there for the biggest annual event dedicated to the blood banking community. Rob Weatherford (Director of Sales), Kathy Patterson (Director of Validation Services), Dawn Hartshorn (Sr. Consultant), and Becky Mackel (Sr. Consultant) were all at our booth to meet and mingle with the other attendees. We enjoyed visiting with a number of past and current clients like OneBlood, Inc., Northshore University Medical Center, Memorial Healthcare System, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and Stanford Health Care. We also got the chance to meet with our new friends at University of Arizona Medical Center (Bear Down!). And we got to meet several international attendees too, from Canada, China, Colombia, India, Italy, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine. But it wasn’t all socializing. Kathy and Becky also attended the Mediware User Group meeting where they discussed upcoming enhancements for the next version of HCLL and LifeTrak. Always good to stay up on the latest and greatest!
Buddy, BC Solutions’ newest team member, was also there. He really made the rounds and lots of people were eager to get their picture taken with him. Those who tweeted their pictures to @BCSolutionsAZ were entered into a contest to take a larger version of Buddy home. See the 2014AABB_Buddy_Pics here!
All in all, it was a great event, and we were very happy to be a part of it. We are already looking forward to next year’s meeting in Anaheim, CA. We will be there, Buddy will be there, and we would love to see you there, too.
*BC Solutions specializes in the unit testing, ISBT 128 testing, and blood bank validations, including installation qualification, operational qualification, and performance qualification. We also do billing testing, MRT testing, and CAP testing.
Call Molly at (480)346-7011, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how BC Solutions can help give you a compliant, audit ready, and operationally safe system.