STARLIMS announced that its LIMS software has been adopted
by the Australian Red Cross Blood Services (ARCBS) to manage information and
data in its blood products manufacturing and transplantation laboratories. ARCBS collects and processes nearly
30,000 blood donations every week in Australia.
STARLIMS will be the first comprehensive LIMS system ARCBS will
use for its laboratories. It will unify data from several antiquated systems
into a single advanced system.
ARCBS Chief Executive Jennifer Williams said maintaining quality
processes in a regulated environment was becoming increasingly complex as the
need for blood continued to grow.
“Maintaining quality processes in a regulated environment is
becoming increasingly complex, and ensuring that our products are prepared in
accordance with the highest quality standards is paramount to the ongoing
success of our organization,” said Williams. “The Blood Service must continually invest in and update its
informatics technology to support our business processes in the most effective
and efficient manner. We believe
that STARLIMS provides us with a great partnership opportunity.”
She added that ARCBS chose STARLIMS because its LIMS
software offers the versatility to handle the needs and requirements for both
the manufacturing and transplantation labs and provides a convenient and
versatile web-based platform, which allows users throughout the country to
access the system.
Further, the organization believes STARLIMS can help solve a
number of informatics problems by reducing dependence on hard copy
documentation and manual data transcription, combining fragmented and
duplicative data bases, improving test processing time by cutting down on
non-electronic communication of results, and improving workflow and overall
integration with other support systems in the laboratories.
“We are very pleased to support Australian Red Cross Blood
Services, and look forward to helping maximize the advantages of STARLIMS
functionality and flexibility in supporting their complex testing and reporting
processes,” said Linus Chu, general manager, STARLIMS Asia Pacific.
ARCBS operates laboratories in Sydney, Melbourne and
Adelaide and its transplantation services provide testing services for solid
organ and bone marrow transplant procedures. ARCBS has 2,200 employees and relies on 2,500 volunteers and
500,000 donors to protect and maintain the country’s blood supply.