BloodCenter of Wisconsin was selected as a U.S. participant in an international study of blood banking processes and transfusion medicine. As one of four centers for the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study (REDS), the BloodCenter of Wisconsin was responsible for developing a data system that would collect and analyze input from four Wisconsin hospitals and serve as a model for further national study.
Omni was engaged to help the BloodCenter design a system for information collection, BloodCenter Database Supports Landmark National Study storage and analysis. The REDS system would be a landmark solution for the industry and the first of its kind to integrate such a depth and breadth of data. Omni’s involvement included three phases of project development:
Like any big data project, the REDS study required a sophisticated architecture that could accept data, move it around and make it available for analysis. Omni fulfilled that role.
But like all technology projects, the REDS project required more than engineering. Developing the REDS solution required significant soft skills such as project management, communication and consensus building. With the BloodCenter and its four partner hospitals, this project had more than a dozen technology coordinators, not including clinicians and administrators. That’s a lot of people, opinions and infrastructures to coordinate.
Omni’s talent delivered both the technical and interpersonal leadership necessary to organize this large, distributed team around a common goal. The REDS system launched less than a year and a half after initial engagement, on time and on budget. And while data collection is ongoing in Wisconsin, the architecture Omni created is being used as a framework for additional research on a national scale.