The impact of an information system on a regional blood service

Paul D. Cumming, Kenneth E. Kendall, C. Carl Pegels, J. P. Seagle

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The impact of information systems on a specific environment, a regional blood service operating over a large geographic area, is reported here. Two related information systems have been designed and partially implemented to aid a regional blood service for a mixed urban and rural area of about two million people. The overall information system is discussed in the way it was designed and developed: by modules. The first subsystem provides inventory control, with modules for inventory tracking, short-term demand forecasting, and allocation. The other subsystem supports recruitment and blood collection, with modules for donor records, recruitment, and collections planning. We conclude with a discussion of the impact of the management information system modules on the blood service operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-72
Number of pages10
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


  • blood allocation
  • blood collection
  • blood collection planning
  • blood demand forecasting
  • blood donor recruitment
  • blood inventory control
  • bloodmobile scheduling
  • control strategic planning
  • implementation
  • information system modules
  • management
  • management information system
  • performance measurements
  • regional blood service


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