|Developer(s)||Georgia Institute of Technology; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
[ (January 8, 2020 ) ±]
|Type||Laboratory informatics software|
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a collaboration with the Computing For Good (C4G) group at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in April 2009, with the goal of creating a LIS designed specifically for service-delivery level laboratories with limited resources. The software — dubbed Basic Laboratory Information System or BLIS — was developed primarily by students at Georgia Tech with the feedback of the CDC and laboratory personnel in various parts of Africa, culminating in the first implementation of the software at Cameroon's Buea Regional Hospital laboratory in April 2010. Additional pilot implementations of the software were then planned for in Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, and Cameroon in cooperation with those countries' respective Ministries of Health.
Development continued on BLIS after the initial deployments, though it's not clear when exactly it was released to the public in an open-source format. Public change log entries begin with version 1.09 in July 2011, with initial open-source commits appearing on GitHub in September 2012.
- patient and specimen registration
- results entry
- lab configuration tools
- test catalog
- custom fields
- barcode support
- inventory management
The installation requirements for BLIS are unknown.
Videos, screenshots, and other media
A few screenshots of older versions of BLIS can be found in the items linked under "External links."
Entities using BLIS
A list of hospitals and laboratories utilizing BLIS can be found here.
- DeZalia, Mark. "Basic Laboratory Information System (BLIS)" (PDF). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.afenet-lab.net/uploads/BLISS_presentation.pdf.
- Monu, Ruban (27 May 2010). "Design and implementation of a basic laboratory information system for resource-limited settings". Georgia Institute of Technology. https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/34792.
- "C4G BLIS". Georgia Tech College of Computing. http://blis.cc.gatech.edu/index.php. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Monu, Ruban (27 May 2010). "Design and implementation of a basic laboratory information system for resource-limited settings". Georgia Institute of Technology. p. 15. https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/34792. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- DeZalia, Mark. "Basic Laboratory Information System (BLIS)" (PDF). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.afenet-lab.net/uploads/BLISS_presentation.pdf. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- Vempala, Santosh; Shintre, Amol; Phalnikar, Akshay (09 September 2011). "Welcome to the C4G BLIS community blog!". Computing For Good. http://bliscommunity.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/welcome-to-the-c4g-blis-community-blog/. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "BLIS Updates 10/15/09". Computing For Good. 19 October 2009. http://computingforgood.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/blis-updates-101509/. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "BLIS Project Now in Pilot Phase in Cameroon". Computing For Good. 10 June 2010. http://computingforgood.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/blis-project-now-in-pilot-phase-in-cameroon/. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "C4G BLIS - Updates". Georgia Tech College of Computing. http://blis.cc.gatech.edu/changelog.php. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "C4G/BLIS - Initial commit". GitHub. 14 September 2012. https://github.com/C4G/BLIS/commit/853dc492939d0b31e4eb1d5dedef5df6809c0106. Retrieved 25 April 2013.