MAK-SYSTEM announces strategic partnership with Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service

MAK-SYSTEM announces strategic partnership with Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service of “vein to vein” management from donor to recipient.

MAK-SYSTEM is proud to be the partner of Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service to deliver safe, compliant and efficient blood management to patients, donors and clinicians.

The partnership was announced by NI Health Minister Robin Swann on May 15th 2024.

MAK-SYSTEM’s state of the art blood management system brings innovation and modernity to NIBTS. ,replacing a system that is over 25 years old. It will be the first of its kind in the UK and Europe, enabling blood to be fully tracked from donation to recipient.

When implemented, blood donors will be able to register to donate blood, book a donation session and complete a health check questionnaire via an online portal. Blood components will then be tracked on distribution to Trust Hospitals and onwards to clinical area for end use.

The system will also allow for full visibility of the blood stock inventory across NI at any time, facilitating greater sharing and more efficient use of blood and blood components across the region.

Karin Jackson, Chief Executive of the NI Blood Transfusion Service said: “Northern Ireland is leading the way in the development of a unique and very exciting blood transfusion transformation project. We are replacing a system which is over 25 years old and, for the first time ever, it will be possible to interrogate the entire blood transfusion system digitally, which will provide information and insight not previously available.

We are delighted to have contracted with MAK-SYSTEM Ltd which has a track record in delivering this technology to blood establishments worldwide. On completion of the regional implementation, a fully functioning digital ‘vein to vein’ donor management, blood production and tracking system will be in place, which will support safe, quality patient care. This will deliver benefits including enhanced processes for staff, improved donor experience, and a more efficient blood supply chain for Northern Ireland.”.