Strides Introduce India’s 1st Biometric Blood Donor Authenticator
Strides leverages cloud computing to authenticate donors real-time
In India, 90% of blood donations are carried out in camps set up by various organizations. While all the donated blood goes through the testing phase and safe blood is separated, sometimes unsafe blood can also penetrate this test and reach the patients infecting them. Though this problem may go unnoticed but the consequences are fatal.
The biggest challenge, therefore, for setting up a blood repository is donor authentication, identification, and more importantly, donor filtration based on past eligibility records. This makes it important to have a centralized platform for blood donors.
Strides Software Solutions, a Aurangabad based startup has taken up the mission to enable the availability of safe and high quality blood components. The company has developed India's first Aadhaar-based centralized donor authentication and identification application.
Unmanaged blood donation
National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) recently reported that 2,234 patients got infected with HIV cause of bad blood transfusion in the last 16 months. The figure stands at more than 14000 infections in the last 7 years.
“In spite of the latest testing methodologies leading to lesser window period of these fatal diseases, the problems are still increasing. One of the key reasons has been the absence of centralized blood donor registry and unique donor identification program. With no centralized blood donor registry in place, blood donors found reactive during their previous donation at a particular blood bank again end up donating at multiple blood donation camps. Also a lot of under quarantine donors end up donating again,” lamented Denesh P Mutha, Founder, Strides Software Solutions.
Another challenge in blood cycle management is the gap in demand and supply. On the one hand 30% of the patients don’t get the components which they are in need of , and on the other hand 10-12% of the components get wasted due to expiry.
“Most blood donation drives are occasion-driven or time driven with less co-relation with the actual demand at that time. The need is to get all the stakeholders of the blood ecosystem on a single platform and align the drives with the actual regional requirements,” Mutha said.
No bad blood
Strides Software, therefore, decided to develop a solution which helped address these challenges with the latest technological advancement as well as align with the actual working on the ground.
The outcome has been ‘D-Health app’ – India’s first Aadhaar-based centralized donor authentication and identification application that leverages the power of cloud computing. D-health brings all the key stakeholders of blood cycle management -- blood banks, donors, blood camp organisers, hospitals and patients on one platform.
“D-Health is a data sensitive and data intensive platform. We decided to leverage the power of cloud as we wanted a platform that was robust, secure, scalable, and easy to develop and deploy. We have used UIDAI APIs for Aadhaar-based authentication and e-KYC. Once authenticated, the application pulls the e-KYC details of the blood donor. This donor data is then coupled with a strong algorithm to check if the donor is existing or new and if existing whether he is eligible to donate blood,” Mutha said.
The key features of the applications include Aadhaar (IRIS) based donor authentication, centralized donor eligibility check, blood drive management, emergency demand management, donor engagement, and donor registration at a click With Aadhaar e-KYC.
“D-Health helps bridge the demand supply gap by making the blood drives need base instead of occasion based. It aids blood banks and organizers reach out to donors in case of emergency and enables patients and hospitals search for blood components across member blood banks at a single click,” said Mutha.
D-Health works on a subscription model. Blood banks, social organizations and hospitals need to subscribe to it. The subscription for social organizations and hospitals is free. For blood banks, the core subscription is free and a premium subscription is charged annually.
“The results are clearly visible from the recent pilot for the project that was conducted in Solapur district in association with the Indian Red Cross Blood Bank located in Barshi. More than 60 blood banks have already registered on D-Health app. Using the cloud platform, Strides is looking forward to scale up the reach of the app to build a nationwide centralized blood donor registry and unique donor identification program,” Mutha said.
Strides is looking forward to launch this feature at a great scale and build up a pan-India centralized blood donor registry and unique donor identification program through the D-Health platform in the quickest possible time and in turn save lives.
“We are looking at more than 200 blood banks coming onto our platform in the next 18 months.” Mutha added.