Prototype for tracking voluntary blood donors in enhancing emergency medical response: case Aga Khan Hospital
Mwangi, Patrick Kariuki
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The World Health Organization recommends in its Global Database on Blood Safety that all activities related to blood collection, screening, processing, storage and distribution should be coordinated at the national level through effective organization and a national blood policy and system. The researcher developed a prototype that comprised of an android mobile application, and a front end application. The researcher used prototyping methodology to develop the application. The prototype developed in this research aims at making use of the existing telecommunication infrastructure while merging this with the blood bank’s information technology systems. The target population comprised of employees working within the Aga Khan University Hospital Blood Transfusion Center and voluntary non remunerable donors. Both quantitative and qualitative techniques were used to evaluate the information collected. The study concludes that it is difficult to get the domicile location of, voluntary donors. By having system that tracks voluntary donor movement, it is possible to enhance emergency medical response that requires blood transfusion. The diverse activities in the blood donation and distribution service can be streamlined as a result of data mining capabilities.