Belgian Red Cross Selects Pilgrim Software to Support Enterprise- Wide Quality Assurance Processes and Facilitate Continuous Improvement
Tampa, FL - February 1, 2005 - Pilgrim Software, Inc. announces that Belgian Red Cross (BRC), Blood Services Division, has selected Pilgrim's SmartSolve's SmartAudit, SmartCAPA, SmartDoc, SmartTrain and Q&MIS Calibration System to support BRC's enterprise-wide quality assurance processes and facilitate continuous improvement. The system will be used across four blood processing centers and at BRC's Blood Services Headquarters in Mechelen, Belgium.
BRC currently has a centrally coordinated Quality Assurance Department with local representatives in each of the four blood processing centers. Quality procedures are developed and implemented at an organization-wide level to define standards and ensure that quality objectives are met. To improve and standardize quality assurance processes, BRC selected Pilgrim's integrated, enterprise-wide solution.
The SmartSolve modules will provide enterprise-wise solutions. SmartDoc allows global access to electronically stored documents and SOPs, eliminating the need for CD distribution and the use of document binders. SmartCAPA replaces BRC's current manual system, increasing efficiency and automating the creation, investigating, and root cause analysis of complaints. BRC regularly participates in third party audits; currently, the key processing departments (donation, laboratory, processing) are self-audited based on checklists. SmartAudit provides the tools to benchmark their performance against internal, industry and regulatory requirements. BRC can quickly take decisive action to reduce risk and ensure global compliance. SmartTrain alleviates the awkwardness and unreliability of a manual system. Past trainings and certification history will be available to assure that employees are well-matched and qualified for the job they are assigned. Anticipated training is easily scheduled to assure everyone is brought up to date on the organization's SOPs.
BRC selected Pilgrim's Q&MIS Calibration System to reduce the time and labor tracking calibration records of BRC's extensive equipment inventory. Equipment calibration with internal personnel and contractors is easily scheduled.
As the leader of enterprise compliance and quality management solutions in the blood and tissue industry, we are pleased to welcome Belgian Red Cross to our growing list of customers in the industry, states Ami Utji, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilgrim Software. Our SmartSolve and Q&MIS solutions allow regulated industries to facilitate compliance with requirements for electronic signatures and records whether they are governed by the EU regulations or the International Health Ministries.About The Belgian Red Cross
The Belgian Red Cross (BRC) is one of the more than 178 National Societies of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a world wide action-oriented relief organization. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders operates in the Flemish speaking part of the country. In Flanders each day more than 14.000 volunteers help out people in need, regardless of their color, race or conviction. Helping people from a distance is impossible. Therefore, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders has 300 local branches. More information about the Red Cross in English can be found on the website of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (www.ifrc.org) and the website of the International Committee of The Red Cross (www.icrc.org).
About Pilgrim Software, Inc.
Pilgrim Software, Inc. is the leading provider of Enterprise Compliance and Quality Management solutions for global organizations and is one of only 12 strategic Microsoft Independent Software Vendors (ISV) within the manufacturing vertical. Pilgrim helps organizations manage industry and regulatory compliance, reduce manufacturing costs and improve customer satisfaction. By providing live connections to multiple sites, suppliers and customers, Pilgrim enables organizations to centrally manage all of their worldwide compliance efforts and quality operations providing real-time visibility tied to fast action. The results are a lean, performance-driven enterprise that can respond to change with speed and power. For more information, visit Pilgrim Software Web site at www.pilgrimsoftware. com.