Mediware Information Systems has expanded the integration between its HCLL blood transfusion management software and Epic Systems' Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software for acute care hospitals.

Mediware Information Systems said that the EMR provides hospitals a single system to store and access patient care records.

Patient data from ancillary department systems, such as laboratory, pharmacy and blood bank, are typically transferred to the EMR.

With the expansion of integration between the two companies, Mediware customers are expected to have improved bi-lateral data sharing, enabling HCLL customers in the blood bank to include additional patient information via the Epic software system in their analysis of particular therapies.

Oregon Health Sciences University Transfusion Medicine director Mick Scanlan said that information sent from HCLL will allow nurses to use the EMR to computer authenticate blood products before starting a transfusion.

“Conversely, information sent from the EMR gives laboratories a better picture of their available blood inventory and will help reduce blood wastage,” Scanlan said.