BIO-key TruDonor biometric identification technology has been deployed by the Institute for Transfusion Medicine, through its LifeSource and Central Blood Bank business units.
ITxM, the nation's third-largest independent blood center, with TruDonor biometric identification, will automate and reduce to second donor and patient registration, while reducing data entry and duplicate donor errors and enhancing blood donor convenience and security.
"We are extremely excited about our partnership with BIO-key. We are transitioning to a paperless collections process, which will allow us to reduce costs and be more nimble in our interactions with donors and patients," Eric Schulties, vice president and chief information officer of ITxM, said in a recent press release. Schulties continued, "The technology provided by BIO-key brings us closer to our donors and patients, enabling us to spend more time interacting over their health and safety than trying to find and positively match a person to the right medical record. It was critical that BIO-key allows us to search for, not just positively identify, a person, so the registration experience is streamlined, simple and more secure."
Schulties added, "Because checking identity is so easy with TruDonor, we are also planning to use fingerprint-enabled medical tablets to confirm identity at critical points in the collection, and potentially the transfusion process.” According to Schulties, BIO-key will not only raise the bar for blood safety, but better serve the community and enhance patient experience.
"ITxM is a recognized leader in the blood industry, and we are proud to add them to our prestigious list of BIO-key healthcare customers," Jim Sullivan, BIO-key's director of sales commented. Sullivan further states, "TruDonor reduces the identification time to seconds without bar codes and virtually eliminates human errors during the registration process. A common theme among our customers is the need to meet the strict positive ID requirements of the Food and Drug Administration and European Union for blood donor identification. With BIO-key TruDonor identification in place, missing cards, similar names, name changes, and misspellings become non-issues."
In related news, BIO-key International Inc. a company specializing in finger-based biometric identification solutions has introduced the TruDonor ID.
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