SOURCE: Mediware Information Systems

Mediware Information Systems

October 23, 2009 13:01 ET

Blood Bank of Alaska Selects Mediware's LifeTrak Technology to Integrate and Expand Lab Operations

Donor Management Technologies Enable Blood Center to Integrate Software Systems, Machines and Complex Processes to Improve Effectiveness

LENEXA, KS--(Marketwire - October 23, 2009) - Mediware Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEDW) announced today that the Blood Bank of Alaska is the latest major blood center to license LifeTrak®, the company's 510(k) cleared blood donor management software. Using LifeTrak, the blood center plans to integrate core software systems, launch an additional mobile unit and increase the number of advanced collection machines, to help the center to more efficiently collect more blood products. Going forward, the blood center plans to launch additional Mediware technologies, such as RecruitTrak™, to help the blood center offer incentive programs to current donors.

"LifeTrak is a part of an expansion strategy that will help our teams, processes and technology operate at top performance to achieve our five year strategic goals," said Margaret Baker, Blood Bank of Alaska's chief operating officer. "It is a modern technology platform that allows us to expand services in our lab, integrate key systems and bring together complex processes that are critical to our organization."

The Blood Bank of Alaska was established in 1962 and has grown dramatically to support the state's growing population and advances in medical and surgical care. It currently supports more than 25 hospitals and medical centers throughout Alaska and last year collected more than 25,000 units.

"A benefit of having Mediware as our core technology is the fact that we can deploy additional software products to increase our capabilities and broaden our donor recruiting and retention programs," continued Ms. Baker. "These will be critical to expanding our reach and enhancing future growth."

LifeTrak is a 510(k) cleared donor management system that manages donor eligibility, manufacturing and distribution for many of the largest blood suppliers, testing facilities, centralized transfusion services (CTS) and large hospital donor programs. LifeTrak 4.0, which was made available in 2009, delivers increased flexibility through a web based deployment. LifeTrak 4.x is also fully compliant with the newly developed U.S. Biovigilance Network which tracks blood collections and use.

Mediware's Blood Center Technologies group provides blood centers the first integrated solution offering that spans from donor recruitment to distribution. As web based products, Mediware BCT offerings are flexibly offered individually or as an integrated platform. In addition to the LifeTrak suite, Mediware's blood center solutions include:

--  OrderTrak™, Enables online ordering of blood products for
    hospitals;
--  CoordinatorTrak™, Motivates drive coordinators with tools that save
    time and build loyalty;
--  QualityTrak™, Captures donor satisfaction statistics to enhance
    customer service;
--  CallTrak™, Improves the efficiency and effectiveness of tele-
    recruitment programs;
--  SalesTrak™, Maximizes sales prospects through comprehensive
    customer and pipeline management; and
--  DriveTrak™, Manages mobile drive recruitment including staff
    scheduling.
    

Mediware's blood center customer base includes more than 350 facilities, including many of the largest independent blood centers in the United States as well as the American Red Cross. LifeTrak 4 will be on display the week of October 25th at the AABB Txpo in New Orleans.

About Mediware

Mediware delivers blood and medication management software systems that encapsulate information supporting patient therapies, reinforce patient safety practices and improve efficiencies to lower costs. Mediware's customers include prestigious hospitals, clinics, correctional institutions, blood centers and other public and private health care institutions throughout the world. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit www.mediware.com.

About the Blood Bank of Alaska

Founded in 1962, the Blood Bank of Alaska's primary purpose is to supply blood needs for the sick and injured of Alaska. The Blood Bank of Alaska is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is inspected and accredited by the Clinical Lab Improvement Association (CLIA) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). It is also a member of America's Blood Centers (ABC) and a charter member of the Pacific Northwest Alliance of Blood Banks.

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as the same may be amended from time to time (the "Act") and in releases made by the SEC from time to time. Such forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors disclosed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2009, which may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company disclaims any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

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