Blood and Circuits: The RAND Corporation Report on the Role of Technology in Maintaining a Stable Blood Supply

The health of the United States depends on blood and tech. Blood and blood products play a key and irreplaceable role in medicine: 5 million people per year receive transfusions of red blood cells, clotting factors or plasma products. Traditionally, the technological aspects of blood has long focused on improving the safety, collection, and storage of blood.

 

As the recently released RAND Corporation report makes clear, the result has been a remarkably consistent record of safety in the modern era. Transfusion-related infections and adverse reactions are at an all-time low, even as new blood-borne pathogens continue to emerge.

 

 

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Big Data & Blood Products: Who will guide the revolution?

Big Data & Blood Products: Who will guide the revolution?

The Big Data revolution is coming to the blood banking community.  Other areas of health care have gradually embraced the transformative power of large-scale data collection and analysis.  The impact of this change is difficult to predict, but will almost certainly include reductions in wasted units and improvements in distribution.

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Earthquakes, Epidemics & Ecology: Lessons for Blood Supply Stability

Earthquakes, Epidemics & Ecology: Lessons for Blood Supply Stability

For all its brutal cost in human suffering, the unfolding zika epidemic has provided a rich source of learning materials for the nation’s blood supply. In one sense, it is profoundly reassuring to the speed with which US regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and individual members of the blood supplier community have worked together to address an unfolding crisis.

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