BloodTrack®
Blood Management and Bedside Transfusion Software Solutions

BloodTrack is a modular suite of blood management and bedside transfusion software solutions that secure, monitor and verify your hospital’s blood supply chain to help ensure the right blood product is transfused to the right patient, at the right time, in the right condition, while producing a complete audit trail for compliance. The software works with standard storage units (e.g. refrigerators, platelet incubators), and the BloodTrack® HaemoBank® blood storage device, to help provide safe point-of-care blood management; and an array of fixed and mobile devices for bedside patient verification during phlebotomy and transfusion administration.

Today, more than 500 locations across the globe use our BloodTrack solutions to enhance patient safety, improve efficiencies and maintain traceability of their hospital’s blood supply chain.

Helping provide transfusion safety from the transfusion laboratory to the bedside

The integrated modules within the BloodTrack suite of solutions help to ensure that each link in the blood supply chain is optimized to reduce transfusion laboratory workload, eliminate waste and provide better patient care. Frequently when blood products leave the transfusion laboratory, the transfusion laboratory staff loses control and visibility of the blood components. BloodTrack software controls, tracks and monitors access to blood products in clinical areas such as operating theaters, intensive care units, labor and delivery and emergency departments. It also uses electronic patient identification technology (ePPID) to reduce sample mislabeling errors and verify right blood, right patient prior to transfusion administration.

These modules fall under the following clinical applications:

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SafeTrace Tx®

Software that manages transfusion laboratory operations across facilities in the Trust.

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BloodTrack Manager®

Links all BloodTrack modules providing centralised visibility and control from the transfusion laboratory.

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BloodTrack® Emerge

Software that controls, tracks and monitors access to emergency blood products.

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BloodTrack Courier®

Software that controls, verifies and monitors emergency and crossmatched blood products in clinical areas.

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BloodTrack OnDemand®

Software that quickly allocates the right blood product where and when it’s needed.

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BloodTrack® Enquiry

Software that provides nurses and clinicians with a real-time view of blood inventory and patient transfusion status.

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BloodTrack Tx®

Software that verifies the right blood is transfused to the right patient at the bedside.

All of the modules are connected to a centralised control and management software system called BloodTrack Manager®. Typically located in the Transfusion Laboratory, BloodTrack Manager provides a centralised view of actionable, real-time hospital-wide blood product inventory, patient transfusion activity data and real-time alerts. BloodTrack Manager allows the Transfusion Laboratory to monitor and track blood products and access to BloodTrack controlled storage devices to help ensure compliance, proper handling and patient safety.

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BloodTrack is a modular suite of blood management and  bedside transfusion solutions that combines software with  hardware components. The software provides the blood bank with the control, visibility and traceability it needs to safely and properly store and dispense blood products in clinical areas,  and helps you verify that the right blood is transfused to the  right patient at the bedside.

The BloodTrack suite of modular software solutions acts as an extension of your laboratory information system (LIS). The software physically secures and electronically verifies and monitors your hospital’s blood supply chain to ensure the right blood product is transfused to the right patient, at the right time, in the right condition.

BloodTrack solutions control, track and monitor blood products by securing existing storage units (e.g., refrigerators, room temperature cabinets or freezers) or HaemoBank® devices with software-controlled electromagnetic locks connected to a BloodTrack kiosk.

BloodTrack solutions electronically documents user access, blood product movements and out-of-storage times, helping you achieve compliance with your regulations, guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) — in effect extending the walls of your blood bank to the point-of-care. This provides you with the visibility needed to make informed, real-time decisions to help ensure timely patient care, patient safety and regulatory compliance.

According to the Annual 2017 SHOT Report, near miss incidents at the bedside can be prevented by a final bedside check. It is recommended that electronic blood management systems, such as BloodTrack be evaluated in all clinical areas where transfusions happen.1

Plus, institutions that have implemented BloodTrack modules in strategic locations have seen an improvement in patient care efficiency, a decrease in blood inventory and a reduction in blood waste.2


1 Annual SHOT Report. (2017). Knowledge of basic ABO and Rh blood group systems.17-19

2Staves, J., et al. Electronic remote blood issue: a combination of remote blood issue with a system for end-to-end electronic control of transfusion to provide a “total solution” for a safe and timely hospital blood transfusion service Transfusion. 2008 Mar;48(3):415-24. Epub 2007 Dec 7.



The BloodTrack suite of modular solutions extends your blood bank information system (using SafeTrace Tx® or other system) to the point-of-care. All modules are controlled by BloodTrack Manager®.


  • The integrated modules within the BloodTrack suite of solutions help to ensure that each link in the blood supply chain is optimized to reduce blood bank workload, eliminate waste and provide better patient care.
  • These modules fall under the following three categories:
      • Emergency Blood Management (BloodTrack Emerge)
      • Crossmatched Blood Management (BloodTrack Courier®)
      • Just-in-time Blood Management (BloodTrack OnDemand® in combination with the BloodTrack HaemoBank®)
      • Bedside Transfusion Verification (BloodTrack Tx®)

All of the modules are connected to a centralized control and management system called BloodTrack Manager. BloodTrack Manager is located in the blood bank and provides a centralized view of actionable, real-time hospital-wide blood product inventory, patient transfusion activity data and real-time alerts. It allows the blood bank to monitor and track blood products and access BloodTrack-controlled storage devices to help ensure compliance and patient safety.

  • BloodTrack® Emergency Blood Management – BloodTrack Emerge

    BloodTrack Emerge, our emergency blood management system, controls, tracks and monitors access to emergency blood products, including trauma packs, in the emergency  department, trauma area or outpatient surgical center by securing new or existing storage devices with software- controlled electromagnetic locks. This provides your  authorized caregivers with safe, fast access to life-saving blood products where and when they are needed most.

    The software works with any storage device and the BloodTrack HaemoBank®, creating an emergency blood management system.

    It also helps you meet European transfusion Guidelines  from JPAC. AAGBI recommends rapid access to  emergency blood and blood components, as well as  accurate record keeping.3,4

  • BloodTrack Crossmatched Blood Management – BloodTrack Courier®

    BloodTrack Courier, our crossmatched blood  management system, controls, verifies and monitors  emergency and crossmatched blood products  (RBCs, plasma and platelets) in clinical areas such  as labor and delivery, intensive care units and oncology  by securing new or existing storage devices with  software-controlled electromagnetic locks.

    The software works with any storage device and the    BloodTrack HaemoBank, creating a crossmatch blood    management system.

  • BloodTrack Just-in-Time Blood Management – BloodTrack OnDemand®

    BloodTrack OnDemand, our just-in-time blood  management system, quickly allocates the right blood  product to the right patient where and when it’s needed, eliminating the need to crossmatch and label blood  products in advance and reducing blood bank and  clinical staff workload. The software is designed to work  with the BloodTrack HaemoBank, creating a virtual  24/7 automated transfusion service to help you allocate  and dispense products  “just-in-time” at the point-of-care.

  • BloodTrack Clinical Transfusion Workflow – BloodTrack Enquiry

    BloodTrack Enquiry, our clinical transfusion workflow  software, works with BloodTrack point-of-care blood  management solutions to provide nurses and clinicians  with a real-time view of blood inventory by location.  The software has the ability to check crossmatch sample validity, view and query the location of blood units,  determine the patient’s transfusion status and monitor  the status of transfusions from any workstation. BloodTrack 
    Enquiry helps to improve clinical efficiency and reduce  unnecessary calls to the blood bank.

  • BloodTrack Bedside Transfusion Verification – BloodTrack Tx®

    BloodTrack Tx Software is an FDA 510(k)-cleared bedside transfusion verification solution that electronically verifies the right blood is transfused to the right patient at the bedside and records transfusions, patient vitals, reactions and staff  IDs for Hemovigilance compliance. It can also generate and print blood bank specimen collection labels.

3JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee, Transfusion Handbook

4AGBI Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Safety Guideline -  Management of Massive Haemorrhage – November 2010

The BloodTrack HaemoBank blood storage system (sometimes referred to as a “smart refrigerator’’ or “blood vending machine’’)  is a just-in-time blood allocation solution developed through a  strategic partnership with Helmer Scientific, the leading blood  bank cold storage manufacturer. It secures, tracks, monitors and remotely allocates unassigned, crossmatched and emergency blood products just-in-time, at the point-of-care.

The HaemoBank device is available with 20 or 80 individual secure locking compartments:

  • The HaemoBank 80 device includes an attached access console consisting of a kiosk with scanner, printer, rotating shelf and a locked consumable cabinet.
  • The HaemoBank 20 is available with a wall mounted or standalone kiosk and printer.

Depending upon the software configuration, the HaemoBank device may be used as an Emergency Blood Management system, Crossmatched Blood Management system or Just-in-time Blood Management system.

The BloodTrack suite of modular software solutions provides  you with visibility, traceability and proactive monitoring of blood inventory stored outside of the blood bank, and also helps  to ensure positive patient identification at the bedside for  transfusion. From a caregiver perspective, BloodTrack solutions can help improve your access to routine and emergency blood products by storing and dispensing them at the point-of-care.  The software can also eliminate or reduce the hassle of manually completing paperwork required by your blood bank since  transactions and movements (staff, unit, patient, time), including transfusion documentation, are recorded electronically. BloodTrack Software solutions have been designed to  create efficiencies, help lower costs, reduce crossmatch to  transfusion (C/T) ratios and provide an overall improvement in patient care by reducing the time to transfusion.2

By implementing BloodTrack® Software solutions you can help your organization:

  • Improve patient safety by verifying "right blood product, right patient" at the bedside
  • Provide more efficient and accountable patient care
  • Safely and properly store and dispense blood products at the point-of-care
  • Maintain complete traceability and chain-of-custody accountability
  • Eliminate the need to crossmatch and label blood products in advance for electronic crossmatch eligible patients
  • Reduce time to transfuse by decreasing transport time
  • Decrease blood waste
  • Manage your workflow more efficiently and reduce staff workload
  • Eliminate the need for coolers or unsecured refrigerators.

5 Frank, Steven M. M.D.et.al, Reducing Unnecessary Preoperative Blood Orders and Costs by Implementing an Updated Institution-specific Maximum Surgical Blood Order Schedule and a Remote Electronic Blood Release System. Anesthesiology. 2014 Sep;121(3):501-9.

Haemonetics’ Business Optimization team can help your  organization determine the best combination of BloodTrack  solutions to fit your needs. In some instances, we recommend  an “onsite” baseline assessment to help us learn as much as  possible about your current operations to ensure that we  recommend the right solution, configure it properly for your  needs and establish the baseline against which we will show progress once BloodTrack solutions are implemented.

When a patient needs a transfusion, authorized personnel go to the BloodTrack kiosk or BloodTrack HaemoBank® device and identify themselves, as well as the patient. Depending upon the nature of the need, either an emergency release is activated, or known patient request is made at the kiosk, using a pick-up slip or manually entering the patient’s medical record number (MRN). The blood product dispensing and labeling process proceeds according to the configuration of the BloodTrack software, the type of interface with the transfusion management software and the patient’s requirements.

A complete audit trail of all events related to a blood product is recorded from the time the authorized user accesses the kiosk, to the verification of the right blood, right patient at the bedside.

Each time that a blood product is handled, the BloodTrack Software verifies the following:

  • The person accessing the BloodTrack kiosk or HaemoBank device is authorized to do so
  • The patient is known and has a history on file (except for emergency release)
  • The crossmatch has not passed its specimen expiration date
  • The special needs of the patient are those managed by the BloodTrack Software
  • The blood product has not passed its expiration date
  • The blood product is the oldest available for the specified patient
  • The blood product has not been outside of storage longer than appropriate

No. Only trained and authorized users are able to access BloodTrack kiosks and HaemoBank devices. Users must present credentials (e.g., badge, pin number or other site-defined identification process) at the BloodTrack kiosk or HaemoBank device, which verifies that the person accessing it is authorized to do so.

Patient identification at a BloodTrack software-controlled storage device (kiosk or HaemoBank) can occur in 4 ways:
  1. The safest method is to deploy the BloodTrack Tx® bedside transfusion verification solution at the patient’s bedside and print a barcoded pick-up slip label after scanning the patient’s barcoded wristband. The pick-up slip containing the patient’s information can then be used as a digital key in unlocking the blood at a BloodTrack kiosk or HaemoBank device.
  2. Pick-up slips can be printed by entering the patient’s information into the BloodTrack Enquiry Clinical Software application, which may be installed on clinical workstations.
  3. At the BloodTrack kiosk or HaemoBank device, authorized users can scan a patient’s paper record containing his/her barcoded hospital number (e.g., MRN) into the kiosk.
  4. Alternatively, authorized users can enter the patient’s hospital number (e.g., MRN) or last name into the kiosk using a touch screen keyboard.


  1. When a patient needs a transfusion, an authorized user goes to the HaemoBank device and identifies themself as well as the patient.
  2. The BloodTrack Software communicates with the laboratory information system (LIS) to determine ABO-Rh and eligibility of the patient.
  3. The BloodTrack Software selects an appropriate unit and an electronic crossmatch is performed by the LIS.
  4. The blood is then automatically dispensed by the HaemoBank device, labeled and verified.
  5. The unit is now ready to be delivered to the patient for transfusion.
The BloodTrack Emergency Blood Management (BloodTrack Emerge) and Crossmatched Blood Management (BloodTrack Courier®) systems can be deployed to control a wide variety of storage devices including refrigerators, room temperature cabinets, freezers and incubators/agitators. The software also works with the BloodTrack HaemoBank®, creating a crossmatch and/or emergency blood management system. The Project Manager can assess your specific storage device to ensure it can be secured with software-controlled electromagnetic locks connected to a BloodTrack kiosk.
No. The BloodTrack Emergency Blood Management system can be deployed without an interface to a LIS. The BloodTrack  Software connects to the BloodTrack kiosk and secures  monitors and electronically records emergency blood product access, movements and out-of-storage times. This provides your authorized caregivers with safe, fast access to O Pos and O Neg RBCs, plasma and platelet products where and when they are needed. A barcoded report of dispensed units can then be printed from BloodTrack Manager® at the end of the day and scanned into your LIS to reconcile the inventory.
No. BloodTrack Tx can be deployed in non-wireless environments by leveraging 2D barcodes on the patient’s wristband and blood unit compatibility label. Information on the mobile device can be uploaded to a central server via a cradle docking station

BloodTrack OnDemand is the software configuration provided by Haemonetics that performs remote allocation using the HaemoBank devices, which are sometimes referred to as automated blood product dispensing refrigerators or blood vending machines.

  • Remote allocation is also referred to as automating of the electronic crossmatch (EXM) and requires a bidirectional interface with the LIS. Here the BloodTrack Software  communicates with the LIS to determine ABO-Rh and  eligibility of the patient. If the patient is eligible, the  BloodTrack Software selects an appropriate unit and an electronic crossmatch is performed by the LIS. The unit is then automatically dispensed by the HaemoBank device, labeled and verified. Thus, allowing the process of allocating, dispensing and labeling blood products, just-in-time, at the point-of-care
  • Remote assignment is the process of assigning units to patients in the LIS so that they can be dispensed and labeled at the point-of-care. This is the method used for unidirectional or print capture interface from the LIS to  a HaemoBank device.
  • Just-in-time dispensing is the outcome of implementing BloodTrack — controlled storage devices.
  • ERBI is the European term for remote allocation.

Note: Remote allocation and remote assignment are only available with a HaemoBank device.

BloodTrack has interfaces with most LIS vendors. The nature of the interface may be one-way communication (unidirectional) or a two-way communication (bidirectional):

  • Basic Bidirectional interface: Remote assignment
      • Bodegro Labtrain, Cerner® PathNet, Cirdan® Ultra®, Custom Software Ltd, Integrated Software Solutions OMNI-Lab, Meditech®, MIPS® GLIMS (text file interface), Sunquest®
  • Full Bidirectional interface: Remote Allocation
      • Clinisys® WinPath, Clinisys LabCentre, Databyrån AB, DXC® Apex, DXC Telepath, InterSystems® TrakCare  Laboratory, HP®, Nexus SWISSLAB, ProSang,  SafeTrace Tx®, SCC Soft, Sussex Biologicals Bank  Manager, WellSky™ Transfusion, Technidata® Livextens®

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1 Murphy, et al. End-to-end electronic transfusion management in hospital practice, ISBT Science Series (2012) 7, 192–196.

2 Staves J, Davies A, Kay J, et al. Electronic remote blood issue: a combination of remote blood issue with a system of end-to-end electronic control of transfusion to provide a “total solution” for a safe and timely hospital blood transfusion service. Transfusion 2008; 48:415-24.

3 McEvoy C. Electronic Blood Tracking System. (Case Study) Dublin, Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte (Health Service Executive), 2015.

4 Hibbs SP, Noel S, Miles D, Staves J, Murphy MF. The impact of electronic decision support and electronic remote blood issue on transfusion practice. Transfusion Medicine 2014; 24: 274-79.

5 Callum J, et al. Remote release of red blood cells by electronic crossmatch in the operating room at a large, academic trauma center: improving the speed of blood delivery while decreasing workload. Date: Monday, October 6 at 4:00 pm Location: AABB Conference Center in Montreal - Room 510 AC.

6 Murphy, et al.