Transparent Blood Inventory


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 General Documents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) June 2017
TBI 2.0 - User Guide
Introduction  April 2018
Definitions  April 2018
TBI 2.0 - Structural Overview    April 2018 
TBI 2.0 - Dashboards  April 2018
 Privacy and Terms of Use
Privacy Policy  Mar 2017
Terms of Use  Mar 2017

TMS IVIG Request Process 

Transparent Blood Inventory Application Privacy Statement

We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and personal privacy. Collection, use, disclosure and retention of information are subject to, and must comply with, the provisions of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The purpose of this privacy notice is to describe our practices regarding information use and collection through this Transparent Blood Inventory Application (herein "TBI"). Please note that we do not disclose, give, sell or transfer any information about our TBI users unless required for law enforcement or otherwise provided for by law.

We reserve the right to update this policy at any time. Users are responsible for reviewing this document periodically for changes.

What kind of information is being collected and how is it used?

TBI does not capture or store personal information. TBI data is intended to use for blood shortage contingency planning for users within British Columbia and the Yukon. The user's IP address is collected.

Information collected automatically (Cookies):

Some of our web pages use "cookies" which are small amounts of information stored by your web browser software on your work station. Cookies are designed to track browsing history on a website generally for the convenience of the user. They help the website "remember" what areas of a website a browser has accessed or used previously. Cookies can, however, be misused, and have become a privacy concern for some because they can be used to record and analyze an individual's broader browsing history.

The cookies we use on TBI and what we use them for are described below. TBI operates on "implied consent", which means that by visiting and clicking through TBI, we assume you agree with this usage. If you do not agree, then you should not use TBI, or you can delete the cookies after visiting this site, or use your browser's anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "In Private" for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari). More information on cookies, what they are used for and how to delete cookies after visiting this site can be found at

It's important to know that cookies are plain text files and cannot execute files or make copies of themselves. They do not carry or deliver viruses and cannot scan or retrieve your personal information. There are two types of Cookies – Session and Persistent.

Session Cookies

Session cookie information is deleted as soon as you leave TBI. The use of temporary session cookies is solely for the purpose of allowing the user to interact with TBI in an effective manner.

Persistent Cookies

In a few cases TBI may use persistent cookies to store information for longer periods than the current session.

Monitoring and Logging

Use of the System will be monitored and recorded in an audit log, which will be reviewed regularly to ensure compliance with the Terms of Use. The following is some of the information collected as you browse through TBI:

• IP address
• The date and time of each visit.
• The dashboards you have access to.

Access to TBI is limited to users within British Columbia and the Yukon. The application is only accessible through a personal desktop computer and not through any mobile devices.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the use of this information, you may direct those inquiries to the BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office Provincial Director:

BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office
Telephone: 604-714-2888
Fax: 604-730-1928
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Address: #300 – 1867 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6J 4W1

BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, with offices at 300 - 1867 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 4W1 (herein "PBCO"). Tel: 604-714-2888.


By using the Transparent Blood Inventory application (herein "TBI"), you agree to the terms and conditions that govern the use of TBI. If at any time, these terms and conditions are no longer acceptable to you, you must immediately cease all use of TBI.


The information presented in TBI (the "Information") is provided by Canadian Blood Services and BC Health Authorities and therefore, PBCO makes no representation as to the correctness, quality, or reliability of the Information. PBCO disclaims representations, warranties, or conditions regarding accuracy, timeliness, sequence, completeness, non-infringement, quality, and fitness of any kind.

PBCO is not responsible in any manner for direct, indirect, special or consequential damages caused, arising out of your use of this TBI and/or any web browser. Any reliance you may place on the Information is at your sole risk.

PBCO reserves the right to delete, modify, or supplement the Information and other content of this TBI at any time for any reason.

PBCO does not warrant that TBI, or the information contained herein will be uninterrupted or free from defects or errors, nor that TBI and its associated servers are free from computer viruses or other harmful content. No endorsement of any third party products, services or information is expressed or implied by any information, material or content referred to or included on, or linked from or to this TBI. Nothing contained in the Information should in any way be construed as being either official or unofficial policy of the PBCO.

The TBI has been specifically developed for use by the BC transfusion medicine community as well as the Ministry of Health.

Conditions of Use

In consideration of being granted personalized access to TBI, you agree:

1. That you are solely responsible for maintaining the security of your Password and ensuring that it is used for yourself only;
2. To change your password at least every 42 days;
3. That if you suspect that your password has been compromised to change it immediately and notify the PBCO;
4. Not to write down your User Name and password, store it in a file on your computer or permit anyone to observe you entering your User Name and password;
5. That your use of the TBI will be monitored and recorded in an audit log and reviewed regularly.
6. To restrict access to the TBI to use only within BC and Yukon.
7. That use of the information contained on the Emergency Management dashboard is limited to blood shortage contingency purposes only.

You acknowledge that your Password is unique to you and that PBCO does not have access to your Password. PBCO is not responsible for unauthorized access to accounts online or losses that occur as a result of you voluntarily disclosing your username and passwords, or the careless or improper handling, storing or disclosure by you of this information.

For additional protection, after 5 unsuccessful login attempts a user will be locked out. Users are automatically logged out after 30 minutes of inactivity.

PBCO may suspend or terminate User Access immediately without notice if it is determined that you have undertaken activities deemed to be inappropriate. This suspension will be for a period of time necessary to permit the thorough investigation of such suspended activity.

TBI Login

(Note: this login is for authorized users of the TBI system)


A key principle of the BC Blood Contingency Plan is that blood inventory transparency is essential in a shortage. Decision makers need to know what inventory is available in the province, regardless of whether it is at Canadian Blood Services or hospitals. To this end the BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO) has collaborated with health authorities to implement the Transparent Blood Inventory System (TBI).

TBI 2.0 is a near real-time inventory application in which hospitals in BC and Yukon electronically submit their blood product inventory to the application on an hourly basis. Canadian Blood Services participates by submitting their red blood cell and platelet inventory once per day based on the daily inventory count at midnight. TBI 2.0 consists of three dashboards: Emergency Management, Summary and Detail Dashboards. The Emergency Management Dashboard is visible to all members of the BC Emergency Blood Management Committee and is used during a potential or actual contingency. Data is included from the top utilization hospitals and hospitals strategically located in the event of a contingency. The Summary and Detail Dashboards are visible only to authorized personnel in the health authorities and can be accessed to view information about Canadian Blood Services inventory, health authority inventory and individual hospital inventory. The partnership between health authorities, Canadian Blood Services and the PBCO enables near real-time transparent inventory information to be easily accessed in the event of a contingency.