Bloodmates and Neptune are Bridging the Blood Donor Gap with an App.
Across countries, continents, nationalities and other cultural borders, Neptune Software and Bloodmates have joined hands in harmony to make donating blood and saving lives a lot easier. In this video recorded at the Neptune Festival, hear the personal story of Abesh Bhattacharjee, Sr. Solutions Architect at Neptune, and the volunteer actions he has taken to jump start the app.
Scarcity of Blood Donations and Lack of Donors.
Bloodmates is working to combat the scarcity of blood donations in the West Bengal and Gujarat regions of India. Since 2016, They have been working free of charge around the year, operated only by a Facebook group and social media outreach. Bloodmates have been able to tap 3,500 regular donors and 150 donors in the area, and this database has been the backbone of Bloodmates. As of now, Bloodmates has more than 30 volunteers who work incessantly to improve the lives of patients who require blood in their most desperate hours.
Offline a Necessity in Rural Locations.
Abesh explains that in the past, donor information was collected via an open Google Form into their database. However, since most of this data is free form entry, searching through this is tough because the data is prone to variations of spellings for geographical locations, names, and other human errors. Therefore, the search for a particular blood type within a certain radius can become extremely cumbersome. Additionally, once locating potential donors, their eligibility depends on many factors, such as their last blood donation date.
More than an App.
Today, Bloodmates is in the process of venturing into rural areas where the awareness of blood types is low, and blood donations are rare. To encourage donations, they are planning awareness campaigns, and are issuing blood type cards to residents. Rural areas in India often do not have internet access, which makes efficient data collection impossible.
While Neptune can’t eradicate all barriers to success with just a mobile app, they were confident that they could improve the process significantly. The app makes data collection easier via mobile phones and works offline. Volunteers would be able to search and add donors from their phones without relying on a stable internet connection. The app also standardizes data entry by enabling users to select values such as location from a list, rather than free form entry. Standardization of input values and eliminating human error, in this case, will save lives. Also, proper user access management prevents unauthorized users from editing data. Subsequently, more accurate data and faster search leads to quick information retrieval, which is critical when a donor is required, and the clock is ticking.
The official Bloodmates tagline “The Real Weapon is Harmony” and “Ashol Ostro Somonyoy” (Bengali) has been graciously lent to be used by the rockstar Rupam Islam. Moreover, this is just the beginning of a long journey ahead with more to come.
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The official Bloodmates tagline “The Real Weapon is Harmony” and “Ashol Ostro Somonyoy” (Bengali) has been graciously lent to be used by the rockstar Rupam Islam.
Combining a critical need to save lives with a blood donor matching app, Bloodmates and Neptune Software have joined hearts and minds to save lives.