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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 6183468, 8 pages
Research Article

The Evolving Role of Information Technology in Haemovigilance Systems

1Instituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação, IP, Rua de Bolama 133, 4200-139 Porto, Portugal
2Department of Computer Science, ESEI, University of Vigo, Campus Universitario As Lagoas, s/n, 32004 Ourense, Spain
3LuxConsulTrans, Banglamung, Thailand
4Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas (CINBIO), University of Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas-Marcosende, 36310 Vigo, Spain
5Centre of Biological Engineering (CEB), University of Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal

Correspondence should be addressed to AnĂ¡lia Lourenço

Received 29 September 2017; Accepted 9 January 2018; Published 8 March 2018

Academic Editor: Reima Suomi

Copyright © 2018 Augusto Ramoa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This work provides an overview and appraisal of the general evolution of IS/IT in haemovigilance, from which lessons can be learned for its future strategic management. An electronic survey was conducted among the members of the International Haemovigilance Network to compile information on the mechanisms implemented to gather, process, validate, and store these data, to monitor haemovigilance activity, and to produce analytical reports. Survey responses were analysed by means of descriptive statistics, and comments/observations were considered in the final discussion. The answers received from 23 haemovigilance organizations show a direct relationship between the number of collected notifications (i.e., communication of adverse effects and events) and the technical specifications of the haemovigilance system in use. Notably, IT is used in the notification reception of 17 of these systems, out of which 8 systems are exclusively based on Web solutions. Most assessments of the evolution of IS/IT tend to focus on the scalability and flexibility of data gathering and reporting, considering the ever-changing requirements of haemovigilance. Data validation is poorly implemented, and data reporting has not reached its full potential. Web-based solutions are seen as the most intuitive and flexible for a system-user interaction.