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ISBT 128 Labeling Implementation Date Looms for Blood Centers
Date:3/26/2008

Mediware announces readiness for new standards

LENEXA, Kan., Mar. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Mediware Information Systems (Nasdaq: MEDW), a provider of ClosedLoop(TM) clinical systems for blood and medication management, has announced its blood management software systems, including HCLL(TM) Transfusion software for hospital blood banks and LifeTrak(R) software for blood centers, are ready to accommodate the new global blood labeling standards being required in the United States.

With a widening demand for blood products and a global need for safety in blood transfusions, the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) has adopted a global standard for the labeling of blood products collected and used throughout the United States. The standard, called ISBT (International Society of Blood Transfusion) 128, was developed to improve the identification and processing of human blood, tissue and organ products across international borders and disparate health care systems. The AABB, in Association Bulletin #05-12, established May 1, 2008 as the implementation deadline for its accredited blood centers and hospital transfusion services.

Implementing systems to support this new standard has been a long and difficult process for blood centers and hospitals. Mediware, which has been a market leader in blood management systems for more than 25 years, released a version of the LifeTrak software that addresses the ISBT standards in May of 2007. As the deadline looms, Mediware believes its more than 65 blood center customer facilities are well positioned for the May 1 cut off. Mediware's HCLL Transfusion product has addressed the ISBT standards since its inception and Mediware's BiologiCare(TM) biologics management platf
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