Converged computing company, Nutanix has partnered with the National Blood Authority (NBA) to help save lives by ensuring the statutory agency to access crucial data with ease to accurately supply blood to Australians.
The NBA delivers four million units of blood, valued at $1.2 billion annually.
The NBA said it replaced its traditional storage area network (SAN) with the Nutanix enterprise Cloud platform because the company provided a simple, scalable and easy-to-manage Datacentre platform that performs invisibly.
The solution was designed and installed by Canberra-based ICT services provider Qirx, to support a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) running critical blood management and patient registry systems.
According to the NBA, the implementation has empowered its employees with the ability to log on to the agency’s systems at home, in laboratories, at remote clinics and while on the road.
The agency said its staff have enhanced client services as the most up-to-date inventory data can be used on demand which has resulted in significant process efficiencies and less blood wasted.
NA chief information officer, Peter O’Halloran, said, “We needed a way to give staff the most up-to-date information at all times, whether they’re accessing our main blood management system named BloodNet, the Australian Bleeding Disorders Registry, or any other application.”
“Nutanix provided a reliable means to to make this possible. If we didn’t have the technology, there would be an increase in cost of about $10m per annum to cover blood wastage - that means at least 20,000 extra blood donors would need to be called in every year,” he added.Nutanix managing director A/NZ, Wayne Neich, said, “The NBA runs a life-saving operation, putting it under immense pressure to deliver blood to Australians on a very strict timeline. Using Nutanix, the NBA has further enhanced its employees’ ability to deliver blood on time by ensuring they have constant access to all the critical information concerning the blood supplies. That means staff can walk into a hospital with full access to everything in the office, and collaborate with doctors, nurses and scientists to treat patients effectively.”