QDS is designed to operate in a networked
environment, with the software running on a server and users working
from touch-screen tablets. QDS operates on servers running
Microsoft Server 2003, among others. The preferred client
configuration is a Windows touch-screen computer such as the Sahara i400
QDS touch screen (Sahara i400)
A typical workstation consists of a touch-screen
tablet, a keyboard (for staff only), headphones and a printer. Cost of such a
configuration is under $2,000 (estimated). Assuming a 3-year
lifetime and 100 interviews/week, such a setup costs $0.13/interview.
QDS is designed for a wide area network
(WAN) that includes all QDS stations (below)
On mobiles, where there is no access to the WAN, QDS
runs on a remote server, which can be the same computer as one of
the user workstations.
At the end of the day, when the remote QDS server
returns to a fixed site, it is connected to the WAN to synchronize
data. On completion of the sync, all data collected during the day
are uploaded to the main server, and relevant information is
transmitted to the remote server for the next day's operations.
QDS was designed to be completely intuitive for
donors, who require no training. The few instruction screens that
begin an interview tell the donor all they need to know to use the
system. Based on over 7 years of experience and well over 2,000,000
interviews, this has been amply demonstrated. (See
Staff training takes 2-3 hours, much of which
focuses on the logistics of managing the computer and printer.
Mobile staffs require a bit more training and practice because they
must be comfortable with setup of systems in a remote environment.
In a typical implementation, Talisman trains trainers and senior
staff at your location. The staff trainers then train individual
QDS has received 510(k) clearance from the US
Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and
Research (FDA CBER). Blood centers that have implemented QDS have installed the
system under a Changes Being Effected - 30 Days notice (CBE-30) and
have been implemented in a matter of days. Subsequent changes such as FDA-mandated question
updates are reportable in an Annual Report.