All you need to know about our new IT system at OneMatch
Arriving on Time, Together
by Yves Garcia, Director, Stem Cells National Systems SolutionMany behind-the-scene processes take place to ensure we at OneMatch collaborate effectively with transplant and collection centres worldwide to support both patients and donors. The Stem Cells National Systems Solutions Project is one such process, with saving and improving lives at its heart.
With this project, a single technical solution will be created to manage both the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network and the national OneMatch Public Cord Blood Bank in Canada. Inefficient manual procedures and reconciliation processes will be replaced by redefine and enhance automated procedures to more effectively and efficiently manage the stem cell donor/patient database that operates the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network.
A diverse team of cross-functional and technical professionals within Canadian Blood Services is working with our transplant and collection centre partners on this new solution.
With each release phase—starting in March 2012 with the EMDIS Inbound and ZKRD/CBS Searching and Matching Release and concluding in March 2013 with the OneMatch Network and Public Cord Blood Bank Release—OneMatch will replace a number of manual procedures with an automated solution, all operating within a quality system environment.
In the first phase, we will implement a new search-and-matching service (created by German registry ZKRD) that is considered the global best practice in the stem cell matching industry. This service will allow OneMatch to further enhance its matching processes both nationally and internationally.
To facilitate real-time electronic communication between registries worldwide, this release will also implement a new version of EMDIS (European Marrow Donor Information System) as the communication protocol between the stem cell registries. It will provide more real-time connectivity in how we work together.
In the second phase—the service will provide real-time access to Canadian transplant centres by exchanging information within the new portal.
This solution will continue to guide the stem cell business line in finding innovative ways to provide healthy donors quickly and efficiently to all patients in need of a matched transplant and increase the ability of finding more matches for Canadian patients.
With your input, this new IT solution will deliver an updated information system with the capability to provide many enhanced services. By collaborating and capitalizing on our strengths, all of us in the stem cell community can continue to become stronger healthcare partners. After all, we are all here for one goal: saving lives.