BloodSTAR is an integrated solution designed to serve the needs of key stakeholder groups, and will replace the current manual, largely paper based processes. There are a number of different user groups within the system covering the areas of administration and management, prescribing, authorising, treating, nursing and the dispensing of immunoglobulin products.
The key user groups include
- Prescribers – In the course of managing patient treatment, at the point of requesting authorisation for access to government funded product for the treatment of a patient’s medical condition
- Authorisers – Specified staff of the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood are responsible for authorising initial and continuing access to government funded immunoglobulin products;
- Nurses – In the course of managing patient treatment, to confirm patient’s authorisation status, request the dispense of product and coordinate with patient’s infusion appointments to ensure the correct product is dispensed; and
- Dispensers – In the course of managing inventory, ordering and dispensing the correct product to authorised patients.
- Admin Support - This role has been designed for Enrolled Nurses and Administrative Support staff to assist Medical Officers and Nurses/Midwifes to manage patients’ treatment. The admin support role has the same functionality as a Nurse/Midwife role without the ability to update patient consent, edit the ‘Do Not Prescribe’ register, and edit authorisations (transfer of care or change the treating medical specialist). This role does not require AHPRA registration.
A user needs a role (E.G. Medical Officer at Tidy Town Hospital) to access BloodSTAR and each role is specific to a facility. That is, a medical officer or nurse needs to add a role at each hospital at which they work. The implication of this is that a user may have access at one hospital, but if they need to access patients from a second hospital, they will need an additional user role to be registered at the second hospital.