GBE’s brief was to design the hardware and mechanical components to complement the blood-tracking software. Specifically to:
An assessment of the potential market and annual sales volume enabled GBE to determine which style and material were most suitable for the outer case, i.e. should it be constructed from sheet metal or include a tool made for an injection molded unit?
After working closely with a sheet metal engineering firm to determine what could be achieved with the budget and indicative lead times, GBE presented three preliminary kiosk designs to the client, the core dimensions of which were established by the dimensions of the internal components. Mock-up models were made and beta units were produced.
In order to cater for obsolescence within the LCD industry, and to facilitate servicing and maintenance of the final unit, GBE designed a chassis that could be used for a variety of 12.1” TFT screens, the unit is easier to replace in a chassis.
To minimise the time needed to assemble the units and to facilitate servicing and maintenance of the final product, GBE designed an internal bracket on which all the hardware components could be mounted.
Safety certificates are obtained for each component, where available, and all the necessary EMC/medical safety tests have been carried out in conjunction with a UKAS-accredited EMI test house. Full product release documents detailing the final manufacturing process were prepared in accordance with GBE’s ISO 9001:2008 certification requirements.
Since its full release in 2003, BloodTrack has been installed in over 70 hospitals throughout the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA; and demand continues to grow. As a result of GBE’s successful collaboration with Olympus osYris, Neoteric and Datalog, the development team is now growing their range of blood tracking and safety products.
In May 2007, GBE and Neoteric achieved full FDA approval for the entire BloodTrack Suite, which meant that the TUV mark could be applied to the BloodTrack Kiosk. The first US installation was University Hospital New Mexico and the first Canadian installations were in Toronto; Sunnybrook Health Science Centres, General Hospital and Western Hospital.
As of 1st May, 2009, BloodTrack is the leading blood tracking and safety solution in the UK with over 130 installations nationwide.